Bike Van Buren XXXII
AUGUST 18-19, 2018
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend while exploring all of the historic Villages of Van Buren. This is a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride through Van Buren County, Iowa. You'll enjoy some of the finest hospitality around with numerous food/drink stops approximately 8-12 miles apart. Routes will begin and end both days in Keosauqua. This year, we will have 2 designated route options on Saturday (66 miles & 42 mile) and 1 route on Sunday (42 miles) but of course, you're welcome to "create your own" route as well.
New, this year, we've incorporated some of our interesting historic sites into the routes. You'll get free tours of the Pearson House Museum in Keosauqua, which was a safe stop for escaping slaves during the Civil War, Stockport Depot & the Freedom Rock and Bonaparte Pottery, Iowa's only standing 1865 pottery.
Free SAG support is provided to registered riders. Free bottled ice water, provided by Dutchman's Store in Cantril, is available on all support vehicles for riders throughout the weekend. Bickels Cycling and Fitness will be en route with riders both days to provide technical support, if needed.
Route maps are provided during registration, they are not released early. You can enjoy a 1 or 2 day ride with a discounted registration fee for single day riders. Children also have a discounted rate if they are riding their own bicycle, children in buggies are at no charge.
Again this year, riders will have a chance to win $100 cash, cool prizes and gift cards from Bickels Cycling & Fitness by playing our FUN POKER RUN. Riders will draw cards at designated hospitality stops and try to build the best hand of poker. New this year, the final stop will allow for a Wild Card draw that can replace any one card...giving you an extra chance to win!
REGISTER FOR BIKE VAN BUREN
Walk-up registrations are welcome.
Saturday: 7:00am-8:30am & Sunday 7:30am-8:00am
Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St.
Lunch will be available both days for an additional $8 for adults & $5 for children.
On Saturday lunch will be the Douds Fire Station. Menu: Grilled chicken or Handcut Grilled Tenderloin Sandwich, Homemade Cole Slaw, Cowboy Baked Beans, Cold Watermelon slices, bananas, homemade cookies, tea, lemonade & water.
On Sunday, riders will be able to enjoy the full "Sunday Lunch Buffet" and drink at the Bridge Cafe in Farmington.
**NEW THIS YEAR** Saturday’s ride will conclude at the Keosauqua City Park where the Goehring Brothers BBQ will be serving their juicy tender, mouth-watering Pulled Pork and Brisket sandwiches. $10 a plate with 2 sides from 4-7pm. The Tarnished Brass Band will perform from 5-6pm. Everyone is invited to attend.
Keosauqua Lions will also be serving an all-you-can-eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast ($7 for adults, $3 age 5-10 and 0-4 Free) with scrambled eggs and fresh fruits on both mornings from 6:30-10am in the Keosauqua City Park, which is open to the public.
The Keosauqua Lions Club, First Iowa State Bank & Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness have partnered together to raffle a beautiful Domane AL 3 Road Bike. Tickets ($5 each or 5/$20) will be for sale during the Lions breakfast on August 18 and again that afternoon at the Keosauqua City Park. The winner will be drawn on Saturday evening at 6pm. You do not need to be present, to win the bike. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit various Lions Club projects.
Also NEW this year, the Pearson House Historic Museum Complex in Keosauqua will be open from 1-5pm on Saturday, August 18 and 1-4pm on Sunday, August 19 with free tours. The Pearson House was a safe house for escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad, you can see first hand the hidden space under the floorboards where they hid on their journey to freedom. There is also a one-room furnished school house and an authentic 1800's Log Cabin to tour as well.
**PLEASE NOTE** This year, Lacey-Keosauqua Campgrounds will be CLOSED for renovations. We have made arrangements with the Van Buren County Fairgrounds (Hwy 1 North, Keosauqua) to provide camping (tent & RV) with electricity, restrooms and shower facilities for $15 per night per tent. CAMP FEES WILL BE COLLECTED DURING REGISTRATION PROCESS.
You can find other campgrounds here and lodging facilities here. Van Buren County lodging facilities are limited so book early!
**PLEASE NOTE** This year and for future years, commemorative event T-shirts are ONLY available through EARLY-BIRD PRE-REGISTRATION (cut off July 30th). There will be no extra shirts available after July 30th or at registration, nor will you be able to order one for later delivery.
Questions? Review our FAQ. Still have questions? Email us or call us 800-868-7822 / 319-293-7111
No bike? No problem!
Bike Rentals Available!
Paddle, Pedal and More 319-592-3220
Bickels Cycling & Fitness 319-754-4410
AFTER JULY 30 - Bike Van Buren Registration fee, Lunch fee and T-shirts are NON-REFUNDABLE. Camp fees will be refundable.