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Bike/Hike Guide

2018 Spring/Summer

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Iowa Scholastic Mountain Bike Club We are a non-profit 501(c)3, a group of volunteers Statewide, coming together to develop a “Middle School thru High School mountain bike racing league”

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Want to get involved?

Volunteer your time or donate to support getting more kids on bikes.

Want to be part of a team?

Join a local team at your school, don’t have one? Contact your school to start a club.

Worried about making the team?

There’s no “making the team” we are about inclusivity, there’s a spot on the team for everyone.

Want to start a team?

Contact one of the volunteers for more information or email: ismtbclub@gmail.com

Don’t currently ride a mountain bike?

Don’t worry, we all were beginners at one time, we just want more kids on bikes.

Want to make a difference in you community?

Become a volunteer, we need people from all backgrounds supporting our kids.

• Coach Rider Leader • Webmaster/Social Media Coordinator

• Team Photographer

• Fundraiser • Event Planning • Team Mechanic • Sponsorship Liaison

• Grant Writing • Trail Maintenance Coordinator

• Nutritionist

Our Goals: More Kids on Bikes!

• Fill a niche for students whose needs may not be met by traditional scholastic sports • Get kids outside • Welcome and support diversity in ability, ethnicity, gender, orientation and skill level • Promotes trail-building efforts and environmental awareness • Improves focus and academic performance in our student athletes • Promotes health & fitness in teens & their families. Contact us at ismtbclub@gmail.com

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Inside Info For You

Properly Fit Helmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bike Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Keep Your Bike Ready to Ride. . . . . . . . . 42 Drive Your Bike. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 What Bike is Right for Me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 IMBA Rules of the Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Resources

Tourism Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Iowa Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Iowa Bike Clubs and Race Teams. . . . . 53 Cover: Father and son enjoying some family time riding on 2017 RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) out of Orange City, IA. Cover Photo by Russ Lowthian Iowa Bike/Hike Guide Comments – editor@HaveFunbiking.com Produced by the HaveFunBiking.com staff including: John Brown, Pete May, Marcy Kelash and Russ Lowthian. A special thanks to Gail Weinholzer and AAA-The Auto Club Group for all their help as well as the advertisers who helped make this Guide possible. Please stop by their places of business and let them know you saw their ad in the Iowa Bike/ Hike Guide.

Event Listings

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Iowa Maps

Des Moines/Ankeny. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Des Moines/Clive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Raccoon River Trail Towns. . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Sioux City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Council Bluffs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 T-Bone Trail Towns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Quad Cities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Iowa City/Coralville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Cedar Rapids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Cedar Falls/Waterloo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Dubuque North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Dubuque South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Waverly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Decorah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Prairie Springs Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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May 05 Ride with Clowns Legends Pub Ottumwa, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 Hair of the Dog Legends Pub Primghar, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 05 Cinco De Mayo Outskirtz Bar Cumming, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 Casual Lovely Mostly Gravel Ride Ray Schliehs Park Johnson IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 Dalls Co. Historical Ride Mickey’s Irish Pub Waukee Waukee, IA Recreational . . . www.WuakeeHistoricalSociety.com 05 Legion 100 Charles R Brebner, American Legion Liberty IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 Manilla Madness Bike Ride Hy-Vee Parking Lot Denison IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 NABR: Nevada Jaycees Bike Ride Nevada Community Senior Center Nevada IA Recreational . . . . www.nevadaiowajaycees.org/ 05 Tour de Brew QC Rock Island Brewing Company Rock Island, IL Recreational . . . . . . . . . . www.qctourdebrew.com 06 Urbandale Mayor’s Bike Ride Delta Dental Urbandale, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 06 Illiniwek Abermination Hampton, IL MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . imbcs.org/ 08 Tuesdays Food Ride Des Moines Bicycle Collective Des Moines, IA Recreational www.dsmbikecollective.org/events

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12 Cyclo De Mayo XII Triangle Tap Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 12 PLATTE RIVER BATTLE ROYALE Platte River State Park Louisville, NE MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www. psycowpath.com/race/platte-river-battle-royal 12 Tri- County Bike & Brew Schucky’s Bar & Grill Alta Vista, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 13 Mother’s Day Ride Art Terrarium Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . www.artterrarium.com 13 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 13 The Mother Lovers Ride Goldfinch Cyclery Cedar Rapids, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FaceBook 16 New Pioneer CO-OP Ride College Green Park Iowa City, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.newpi.coop 19 Corridor MPO Bike Ride NewBo City Market Cedar Rapids, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 19 Coolest Bicycle in Town Cowles Commons Des Moine s, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 19 PIGTAILS II Jethro’s BBQ“n Lakehouse Prairie Trail, IA Recreational . . . . . . . pigtailsride.com/schedule/ 19 Pedal for Paws 2018 Mad Meatball Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 19 Boulevard Bikes & Brew Reds Alehouse North Liberty, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook


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Firetrucker Brewery Ankeny, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

19 Great American Pie Ride Missouri Valley Park Missouri, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 19 Alexander BROM380 Spring Valley Community Center Spring Valley, MN Gravel . . . . . . . . . www.almanzo100.bike/ 19 Root River Triathlon Root River Trailhead Park Houston, MN Triathlon . . . . . . . . . www.rootrivertriathlon.org/ 20 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 20 New Heartford Omelet Ride CVC Cyclists 1st N Clay St. Cedar Falls, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/ 20 Sugar Cubed Marathon Sugar BottomRecreational . . . . . . . . Area Solon, IA MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.imbcs.org/ 20 Almanzo 100 Spring Valley Community Center Spring Valley, MN Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.almanzo100.bike/ 20 Royal 162 Spring Valley Community Center Spring Valley, MN Racing . . . . . www.almanzo100.bike/home.html 23 Women Rolling Collectively Des Moines Bicycle Collective DES MOINES, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

25 Burlinton Road Race

TOMRV Burlington, IA Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.iowabicycleracing.org/

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26 Memorial Weekend Ride The Bar in Lake View Lake View, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event 26 Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater Trail Head or Madrid Trail Head Slater or Madrid, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event 26 Snake Alley Criterium Snake Alley Burlington, IA Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usacycling.org 26-27 Pedaler’s Jamboree Flat Branch Park Columbia, MO Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 27 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 28 Kwik Star Criterium Village of East Davenport Davenport, IA Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.legacy.usacycling.org 31-3 Kandango 2018 Martin City Brewing Manhatten KS. Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com

June 02 Bike to X-Out Fragile X High Tressel trailhead Akeney, IA Recreational . . www.heartlandfragilexalliance.org 02 Ride for a Cause CVC Cyclists Key West Fitness Waterloo, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/ 02 Break the Cycle 2018 Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic Cedar Rapids, IA Recreational . . . . www.iowahumanealliance.org 02 Emmet Co. Bike For A Cure Thoreson Park-SE Picnic Shelter Estherville, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook


June 02 Fat Annies’s Fat Ride Fat Annie’s Moravia, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa. com/Event/12487/fat-annies-fat-ride-2018 02 Victory Tour: Bike for 22 Victory for Veterans Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . victoryforveterans.org/

Break the Cycle – Spay/Neuter/ Adopt 2018

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Czech Village Cedar Rapids Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event/ 02 Tour de Pepin Lake Pepin Lake City, MN Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lakecity.org/news-events/tour-de-pepin/ 03 Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy Beverly Park Cedar Rapids, Iowa MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.imbcs.org/ 3 - 9 Bike Ride Across Nebraska BRAN Omaha, NE Multi-Day Ride . . . . . . . . . . www.bran-inc.org/wp/

09 Ranger Ride in Johnson Co. Tin Roost North Liberty, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 09 Rash Ride Bondurant downtown Bondurant, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rashride.org

Save the Monarch Butterfly While You Ride! Help us to increase disappearing pollinator habitat by tossing milkweed seedballs into roadsides while you ride your bike.

It’s easy to make an impact! Did you know Milkweed is the ONLY plant Monarchs lay their eggs on? It is nearly gone from our landscape, so the Monarch population has declined 90%! www.milkweedmatters.org FB/milkweedmatters milkweedmatters@gmail.com Our success is made possible by Iowan volunteers, organizational partnerships, private donations, and grants.

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Tips From

Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet

It’s not enough to simply buy a bicycle helmet – it should be properly fitted, adjusted, and worn each time you ride.

The Proper Helmet Fit

Helmets come in various sizes, just like hats. Size can vary between manufacturers. For the most comprehensive list of helmet sizes according to manufacturers, go to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI) site. To select and properly fit a bicycle helmet, follow the helmet fitting instructions in this flyer. It may take some time to ensure a proper fit. It is easier if you have someone help you adjust the straps.

Step 1 Size:

Measure your head for approximate size. Try the helmet on to ensure it fits snuggly. While it is sitting flat on top of your head, make sure the helmet doesn’t rock side to side. Sizing pads come with new helmets; use the pads to securely fit to your head. Mix or match the sizing pads for the greatest comfort. In your child’s helmet, remove the padding when your child’s head grows.

Step 2 Position:

The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead—one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow.

Step 3 Buckles:

Center the left buckle under the chin. On most helmets, the straps can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps. This task is easier if you take the helmet off to make these adjustments.

Step 4 Side Straps:

Adjust the slider on both straps to form a “V” shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.

Step 5 Chin Strap:

Buckle your chin strap. Tighten the strap until it is snug, so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.

Step 6 Final Fitting:

A. Does your helmet fit right? Open your mouth wide…big yawn! The helmet should pull down on the head. If not, refer back to step 5 and tighten the chin strap. B. Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows? If so, unbuckle, shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward. Buckle, retighten the chin strap, and test again. C. Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes? If so, unbuckle, tighten the back strap by moving the slider back toward the ear. Buckle, retighten the chin strap, and test again. D. Roll the rubber band down to the buckle. All four straps must go through the rubber band and be close to the buckle to prevent the buckle from slipping.

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June 09 Pedal Chichaqua Valley Trail Downtown Bondurant Bondurant, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 09 Tri Clear Lake 2018 State Park Beach Clear Lake, IA Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www. trifind.com/re_418991/TRIClearLake2018.html 09 Tranquility Trail Tantrum 12302 Fort St. Omaha, NE MTB Race . . www.olympiacycleomaha.com 09 Tour de Trashmore Sag Wagon Deli & Brew Cedar Rapids, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 09 Trestle Hustle Duathlon Madrid High Trestle Trail East side of Hwy 17 Madrid, IA Duathlon . . . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event/12393 09 Twin Trails Celebration Bottoms Up Dysart, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

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June 15-22, 2018

Approximately 350 miles of rolling hills, prairies & bike trails including the Glacial Lakes, Central Lakes, Wobegon & Soo Line Trails

www.tourofminnesota.com. 15-22 Tour of Minnesota Willmar, Morris, Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Little Falls and St Cloud. Recreational . . . . . . www.tourofminnesota.com/ See ad above for more details 16 Tri Quad Cities 2018 Davenport, IA Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.trifind.coml 16 Runnin with the Law Mason City, IA Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.trifind.com 16 BACooN Ride 5 Raccoon River Valley Trail Waukee, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . www.bacoonride.com/

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10 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 10 Ride Don’t Hide EFR Mental Health Program Colby Park Windsor Heights, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 15-17 Black Hills Fat Tire Festival Rapid City, SD Fat Tire Event . . . . . . . www.bhfattirefestival.com/

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June 16 Loess Hills Enduro Boehner Park Malvern, IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . www.loesshillsenduro.com/

NEW ROUTE

16 Horribly Hilly Hundreds Blue Mound State Park Blue Mounds, WI Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . www.horriblyhilly.com/ 17 New Heartford Omelet Ride CVC Cyclists 1st N Clay St. Cedar Falls, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/

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City Park Villisca, IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 23 Bike MS C.H. Robinson Iowa Ride Firetrucker Brewery Ankeny, IA Recreational . . . www.main.nationalmssociety.org 23 32nd Sturgis Falls Ride CVC Cyclists Key West Fitness Waterloo, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/ 23 Annual Stiff Ride: 20th Year! New Stack Tavern Cedar Rapids, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 23 Summerset Shootout Summerset State Park Carlisle, IA MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . imbcs.org/ 23 Corridor Classic Tour de Cure NewBo City Market Cedar Rapids, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 23 SW Iowa Gravel Tour Villisca Iowa Villisca, IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

June 28-July 1, 2018 Thursday-Sunday

Fully supported bicycle tour featuring exceptional cycling, picturesque communities and GREAT FUN!

scscbiketour.com 23 Trail Trek 2018 Haymarket Park Lincoln, NE Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . www.gptn.org/trailtrek/ 23-27 Numb Ride for Hunger Variable distances McCook, NE Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.numbride.org/ 24 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

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Phone: 712-485-9507

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Atlantic Gade Insurance 700 East 7th Street Atlantic, IA 50022

Phone: 712-243-1951

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June Swiss Cheese & Spotted Cows Tour

28-01

Spring Green, WI Multi-Day Tour . . . . . . . . www.scscbiketour.com/ See ad on page 23 for more detvails

July 01 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

30 Follow Your Folly- Cruiser 100 City Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com

04 HBC Tour D‘Amico Safe, friendly, scenic routes, delicious food Golden Valley, MN Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tourdamico.com See ad on page 57 for more details

30 Wrong Roads Ride Jefferson County Ciderworks Fairfield, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 30 Okoboji Campus Bike Ride Florance Park Milford, IA Recreational . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event/12380

07 Liberty Bell Cup Whiterock Conservancy Coon Rapids, IA MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . imbcs.org/

30 Central Iowa Tour de Cure Life Time Athletic Urbandale, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

07 Ride It Like You Stole It V.2 121 E Main Street Anamosa, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 08

30 BRAM 2018 Mitchell County, Iowa Osage, Iowa, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . www.osagechamber.com/ 30 East Central Scenic Century Thru Grant County Amvets Building Central City, IA Recreational . . . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event/12444 30 -01 Cedar Valley Pedal Fest Cedar Falls, IA Recreational . . www.cedartrailspartnership.org/ 30 - 01 Tim O’Connor Memorial Ride Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar & Grill Woodward, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

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Crave Restaurant Sioux City, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 14 Pocahontas Co. Bike Ride Plover City Park Plover, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 14 Altoona Tune-Up Brewhouse # 25 Altoona, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 14 Iowa Games Cycling Gravel Grinder Race Alluvial Brewing Ames, IA Recreational . . . . . . www.iowagames.org/event/ 14 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 14 Moonlight Classic Iowa Taproom Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook


Save the Monarch Butterfly

While You Ride! Help us to increase disappearing pollinator habitat by tossing milkweed seedballs into roadsides while you ride your bike. It’s easy to make an impact!

Did you know: • Milkweed is the ONLY plant Monarchs lay their eggs on? • Milkweed is nearly gone from our landscape? • The Monarch population has declined 90%? • You can help! Plant a native garden or get in touch with us! Past bike riders and seedball tossers said:

“This is my new favorite riding activity!” “I started noticing the landscape more closely, almost in a meditative way.” “Why didn’t we think of this before?!”

www.milkweedmatters.org FB/milkweedmatters @milkweedmatters milkweedmatters@gmail.com Our success is made possible by Iowan volunteers, organizational partnerships, private donations, and grants. Join Us and Flutter On!


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2281 Falcon Avenue

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North Liberty Rd

North Liberty

260th St NW Ireland Ave NW

Half Moon Ave NW

Kent Park

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660 Eastbury Dr #1 Iowa City, IA 52245

Neuzil Rd SW F46 James Ave NW

Half Moon Ave SW

Iowa City

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July 14 The Triple Bypass Colorado Evergreen, CO Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 14 Tour de Brew Millstream Brewing Company Amana, IA Recreational . . . . . www.millstreambrewing.com 14 Accel Triathlon Downtown Cedar Falls, IA Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . www.acceltriathlon.com/

15 New Heartford Omelet Ride CVC Cyclists 1st N Clay St. Cedar Falls, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/ 15-21 Flavors of Wisconsin South Central WI Multi-Day Ride . . . . . . . . . . . aroundwisbike.com/ 21 Cornhusker State Games 12000 W Branched Oak Rd. Raymond, NE MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.psycowpath.com 21 Iowa Games Time Trial Story CR R70 Cambridge, IA Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . www.iowagames.org/event 22 Iowa Games Road Race Boone Scenic Valley RR Depot Boone, IA Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . www.iowagames.org/event 22 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 22 -28 RAGBRAI Across Iowa Onawa to Davenport, IA Multi-Day Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ragbrai.com/ 28 Papillion Twilight Crit City Hall Papillion, NE Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.papillion.org

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28 Full Blue Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater Trail Head Slater, IA Recreational . . . . . . www.dsmbikecollective.org/

August

04 Calvin Crest Crankfest & Series BBQ Camp Calvin Crest 2870 County Road 13 Freemont, NE MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . www.psycowpath.com 04 High Nelly Bike Rally Irish Fest Waterloo, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . wwww.iowairishfest.com 04 Sportsmans Tiki Bike Ride Okoboji, Iowa Spirit Lake, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 05 Bike MS Sanford Health Sioux Falls 8th & Railroad Center Sioux Falls, SD Recreational . . . www.main.nationalmssociety.org 10-13 Ride to Cure Diabetes La Crosse, WI Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www2.jdrf.org 11 George Wyth MTB Race . . . . . . . . . George Wyth State Park Waterloo, IA MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . imbcs.org/ 11 Bike Ride of Iowa County Amana Colonies Visitor Center Amana, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.amanacolonies.com/ 11 Dairyland Dare Southwest Wisconsin Recreational . . . . . . . . www.dairylanddare.com/ 11-12 Rooster Tail Ride Wabash Trace Nature Trail Mineola, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 15 Bike Van Buren XXXII Trail Trailhead Keosauqua,IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . www.bit.ly/bikevanburen See ad on page 37 for more details


August 18 Gran Fondo Cedar Falls

SingleSpeed Brewery Cedar Falls, IA Recreational .www.granfondocedarvalley.com/

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18 The Courage Ride

Iowa Mennonite School Kalona, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . www.courageride.org/

18 Storm the Lake Triathlon

Kings’ Point Resort and Waterpark Storm Lake, IA Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . www.allsportcentral.com/ 18-19 Pedal for the House Captain Roy’s Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 19 New Heartford Omelet Ride CVC Cyclists 1st N Clay St. Cedar Falls, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/

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August 19 Corporate Cycling Challenge Heartland Park Omaha, NE Recreational . . . . . . www.showofficeonline.com 19 Sugar Bottom Scramble Sugar BottomRecreational . . . . . . . . Area Solon, IA MTB Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.imbcs.org/ 25 Ride Like There’s No Tomorrow Latitude 41 Bar & Grill Polk City, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 25 The Heart of Iowa Habitour Raccoon River Valley Trail Trailhead Jefferson, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 25 Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater Trail Head Slater, IA Recreational . . . . . . www.dsmbikecollective.org/ 25 ONABIKE Ride Onawa Public Library Onawa, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.onawa.com 25 Independence BrewBQ & Ride Riverwalk Parks Independence, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 25 The Water Ride Confluence Brewing Company Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 25 The Heart of Iowa Habitour Trailhead of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Jefferson, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 25-26 Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa Baxter Trail Head Baxter, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 31-3 La Crosse Bike Festival Cameron Park La Crosse, WI Recreational . . . . . . . . www.explorelacrosse.com

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September 02 Pedal to the Park Principal Park Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 03 The Colesburg Gravelpocalypes Colesburg City Park Colesburg, IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 09 Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeclassic.org/ 15 Embrace the Hills New Life Church Mondamin, IA Recreationalwww.bikeiowa.com/Event/12441/ 16 New Heartford Omelet Ride CVC Cyclists 1st N Clay St. Cedar Falls, IA Recreational . . . . . . . www.ridecvc.org/event-list/ 21-23 Tour de Fall W. Des Moines to Lanesboro, MN. Multi Day Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook 22 Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater Trail Head Slater, IA Recreational . . . . . . www.dsmbikecollective.org/ 28-30 Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross

Festival.

Johnson Co. Fairgrounds Iowa City, IA Cycle-Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

October 06 The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra Wildwood Hills Ranch St Charles, IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . spottedhorsecycling.com/ 06 Snaggy Ridge 105 Tipton, Iowa Tipton, IA Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com/Event


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Keep Your Bike Ready-to-Ride

Tips From

Like any other mechanical device, your bicycle needs routine maintenance to ensure it’s safe to ride when you need it. Here are a few tips to put you on the right track!

Tip 1: Stay Away from the Hose Every moving part on your bicycle needs lubrication to function properly. A hose forces water in and lubricant out, leaving your bicycle susceptible to corrosion and excess wear. Instead, fill a bucket with warm, soapy water (Dawn dish detergent works well) and use a large sponge or washcloth to clean all the parts of your bicycle. From top to bottom rinse it all off with fresh water, and let the bicycle air dry.

Tip 2: Focusing on the Drivetrain If you have a particularly dirty drivetrain (the gears, chain and the little pulley wheels on your derailleur) and want to get it sparkling you will need the following: • Degreaser • A stiff bristled brush • Rubber gloves • Protective eyewear

Tip 3: Reapply Lubricant Now that the bicycle is clean, reapply lubricant. The only places that need lube are the chain and possibly cables. Step 1: To lube the chain, prop your bicycle up so you can freely backpedal. While backpedaling, coat the chain evenly with lubricant. Step 2: Once the chain is well lubricated, fold a rag around the chain, backpedal, and remove all the excess lubricant you can (the chain will feel almost dry to the touch). Note: If you feel you need to lube the cables, apply lubricant in small doses, where the cable enters the housing. Cycle the gears, or squeeze the brakes until capillary action transports the lube into the cable housing.

Having a clean and properly lubricated bicycle is essential to making sure your bike is ready to go when you’re ready to ride.

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October

06 Apple Affair Tour The Square Galesville, WI Recreational . . . . www.appleaffairbiketour.com/

GEARS Greenbush Grinder & WEMS Championship

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Greenbush Recreation Area Trails Glenbeulah, WI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . wemseries.com/2017-schedule/

November 10 AW SH*T Ride 2018 High Trestle Trailhead Ankeny, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikeiowa.com 12 Des Moines Tweed Ride Downtown Des Moines, IA Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facebook

Bike Friendly Destinations to

Central Iowa

Catch Des Moines

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-451-2625 . . . . . . . . . . . www.CatchDesMoines.com (See map on pages 12-15 for more details) Bike Club . . . . . . . . . . www.BikeIowa.org

Raccoon River Valley Trail Towns

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-451-2625 . . . . . . www.raccoonrivervalleytrail.org/ (See map on pages 18-19 for more details)

Eastern Iowa

www.willmarlakesarea.com 800.845.8747

Western Iowa

T-Bone Trail Towns

Cass County, Atlantic, IA. . . 712- 243-3017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.atlanticiowa.com (See map on pages 26-27 for more details)

Council Bluffs

Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . 844-271-6909 Council Bluffs, IA . . . . . . . . . . www.unleashcb.com/visitors (See map on pages 24-25 for more details)

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Sioux City

Dyersville

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Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . 319-293-7111 809 1st St, Keosauqua www.villagesofvanburen.com/ (See Ad page 37 for more details Heritage Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . 563-875-2311 1100 16th Ave. Ct. SE Dyersville . . . . . . . . . . www.dyersville.org/

Cedar Falls

Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . 800-845-1955 510 Hudson Road Cedar Falls www.cedarfallstourism.org/ (See map on pages 40-41 for more details)

Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . 800-593-2228 Sioux City, IA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitsiouxcity.org/ (See map on pages 20-21 or more details) Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . 712- 332-2209 Arnolds Park, IA . . . . . www.cityofspiritlake.org/tourism/ Arrowwood Okoboji 1405 US-71 Okoboji, IA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 712-332-2161 . . . . . . . . . www.arrowwoodokoboji.com (See Ad page 11 for more details)

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Drive Your Bike -

Minnesota has dozens of League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who teach classes across the state. From short lunch sessions to the nine hour Traffic Skills 101, the core message is the same. Drive your bike. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. FOLLOW THE LAW Your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs, ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane that serves your destination. BE PREDICTABLE Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes. Photo courtesy of John Hardy BE VISIBLE Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t ride on sidewalks. THINK AHEAD Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other bicyclists will do. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles. RIDE READY Check tires for sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies. Always wear a helmet.

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State of Iowa Resources

Iowa Bike maps

. . . . . . . . . www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/ transportation-map-for-bicyclists . . . . . . . . . www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/ interactive-iowa-bike-map

Iowa Bicycle Coalition

. . . . . . . . . www.iowabicyclecoalition.org

Iowa Dept. of Health

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.idph.iowa.gov/A-Z

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.iowadnr.gov/

Iowa Sports Foundation

. . . . www.livehealthyiowa.org/about-us

Iowa Tourism

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.traveliowa.com

Iowa Dept. of Transportation

. . . . . . . . . . www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes

Iowa Bicycle Coalition

. . . . . . . . . www.iowabicyclecoalition.org

Border State Bike Resources

Bike Federation of Wisconsin

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bfw.org

Bike Alliance of Minnesota

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bikemn.org

Iowa Bike Club & Race Teams

The Iowa Bicycle Racing Association (IBRA)

Eastern Iowa

• Atlas Cycling Team (Iowa City) • Bike Burlington (Burlington) • Bikes To You / World of Bikes (Grinnell) • Chain Reaction Bicycle Club (Dubuque) • Double I Cycling Experience (DICE) (Bettendorf) • Goosetown Racing Club (Iowa City) • Iowa City Cycling Club (Iowa City) • Melon City Bike Club Inc. (Muscatine) • Team Q7 (Iowa City) • Twisted Spokes Racing Team (Cedar Falls)

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What Bike Is Right for Me?

Tips From

Like everything else in the world today, there are no shortages of choices when it comes to bikes. So how do you figure out what is right for you? Step one, determine where you want to ride. Typical choices are on the road, path/trail and off road with many subdivisions of each. Step two, how frequently do you plan on riding? Bicycle costs range from around $300 up into the tens of thousands. The most basic models use less durable materials like plastics in the shifting components and mild steel rather than stronger alloys. As the prices increase, stronger metals replace less durable materials, lending to a bicycle that will hold up better to frequent use. Step three, why are you riding? Fun and fitness, speed and adrenaline or competition all put different strains on a bicycle. Be sure to match your riding style with the bike you get. Now it’s time for some research. What kind of bike do you need? There are three main categories of bicycles, but each one has its own subcategories as well. For those, it’s best to visit your local bike shop. Mountain Bikes Mountain bikes are designed for off road use. They sport the largest tires of any category and are equipped with suspension designed to keep the rider in control on rough trails. Mountain bikes have low gearing so riders can pedal up steep grades of loose ground. A lot of riders enjoy the stability and position of a mountain bike for path/trail riding as well as true off road riding. Road Bicycles Designed with speed and efficiency in mind, road bikes are best suited on roads due to the small tire size. These bicycles are the lightest of the three categories. Some road bikes are equipped with flat handlebars, but most come with a drop bar. Many riders love the speed and lightweight of these bicycles. Path/Trail Bikes Path/trail bikes are the largest volume of bicycles sold. These bicycles use an upright handlebar and a more comfortable seating position. The tires range from something narrow (like road bikes) to as wide as mountain bikes. Some are also fitted with suspension designed for comfort rather than control. While not as quick as road bikes, these bikes offer great efficiency on longer bike tours.

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Clubs & Race Teams • University of Iowa (Iowa City) • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) • Velosport Iowa (Davenport)

Central Iowa

• BIKEIOWA.com Cycling (Ankeny) • Central Iowa Cycling Club (Ames) • Des Moines Cycle Club (Urbandale) • Des Moines United (Des Moines) • Heartland Velo (Des Moines) • Iowa State University (Ames) • North Iowa Spin (Britt) • Pella Bike Racing (Pella) • Rasmussen Bike Shop (West Des Moines) • Sakari Race Team (Altoona) • Scheels Grey Dog (West Des Moines) • Team Emu (Des Moines) • Thrive Cycling Team (Altoona) • VeloRosa Cycling Team (Urbandale)

Help us to increase disappearing pollinator habitat by tossing milkweed seedballs into roadsides while you ride your bike.

It’s easy to make an impact!

www.milkweedmatters.org FB/milkweedmatters

19th Annual

July 4, 2018

Western Iowa

• Plymouth County Cyclists (Le Mars) • SC Velo (Sioux City)

Iowa Mountain Biking Areas

• Bacon Creek State Park – Sioux City • Banner Lakes State Park – Indianola • Beverly Park – Cedar Rapids • Camp Ingawanis – Waverly • Center Trails – Windsor Heights • Decorah Singletrack • FDR – Dubuque • Geode State Park – Danville • George Wyth State Park – Cedar Falls • Lake Ahquabi State Park • Lewis and Clark National Monument – Council Bluffs • Riverside Park Vinton • Scott County Park -Eldridge • Seven Oaks – Ames/Boone • Squaw Creek County Park – Marion • Stone State Park – Sioux City • Sugarbottom Recreation Area – North Liberty • Sunderbruch Park – Davenport • Sycamore Trail – Johnston • Whiterock Conservancy – Coon Rapids

www.TourDAMICO.com

Hiawatha Bicycling Club

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IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations or with traffic conditions. 1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal wilderness.

2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. 3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding then prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear. Search here for a www.IMBA.com Club to join and have fun!

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Iowa Scholastic Mountain Bike Club We are a non-profit 501(c)3, a group of volunteers Statewide, coming together to develop a “Middle School thru High School mountain bike racing league”

• • • • • •

Want to get involved?

Volunteer your time or donate to support getting more kids on bikes.

Want to be part of a team?

Join a local team at your school, don’t have one? Contact your school to start a club.

Worried about making the team?

There’s no “making the team” we are about inclusivity, there’s a spot on the team for everyone.

Want to start a team?

Contact one of the volunteers for more information or email: ismtbclub@gmail.com

Don’t currently ride a mountain bike?

Don’t worry, we all were beginners at one time, we just want more kids on bikes.

Want to make a difference in you community?

Become a volunteer, we need people from all backgrounds supporting our kids.

• Coach Rider Leader • Webmaster/Social Media Coordinator

• Team Photographer

• Fundraiser • Event Planning • Team Mechanic • Sponsorship Liaison

• Grant Writing • Trail Maintenance Coordinator

• Nutritionist

Our Goals: More Kids on Bikes!

• Fill a niche for students whose needs may not be met by traditional scholastic sports • Get kids outside • Welcome and support diversity in ability, ethnicity, gender, orientation and skill level • Promotes trail-building efforts and environmental awareness • Improves focus and academic performance in our student athletes • Promotes health & fitness in teens & their families. Contact us at ismtbclub@gmail.com

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