Bike Van Buren XXVII
August 17 & 18, 2013
You spoke...we listened!
Riders in this years Bike Van Buren will be pleasantly surprised by the changes we've made!
We've turned this event inside-out and upside-down to make changes that are sure to please everyone!
We now will offer Adult and Child (under 14) registration fees as well as 1-day and 2-day options. We will offer a commemorative T-shirt as a separate purchase option. The biggest change is the alternative route options. Saturday will have 4 route options, Sunday will have 3 options. You can pick and choose, mix & match...whatever you feel comfortable doing with your level of bicycling experience.
SAG support, as always, is FREE with your paid registration and will be in full force on ALL of the route options on both days. Technical assistance will be provided by Bickels Cycling & Fitness with a mobile unit that will be en route with participants as well. Both SAG & technical vehicles will provide free bottled water, first aid and assistance as needed. (Please bring your cell phone to insure quick service if needed.)
We are sure the new lunch options will be the hit of the event! You will have the opportunity to pre-pay for your lunch during registration. On Saturday, the Amish will be serving an Old-Fashioned BBQ picnic lunch at the Lebanon Schoolhouse from 11am-2pm. They will be serving charcoal BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs and brats, along with homemade potato salad and baked beans as well as delicious homemade desserts! Gatorade, tea and bottled water will be the drinks offered.
On Sunday, Farmington will be the designated lunch stop. The new business, Crazy Girls Boutique, will provide lunch of Chicken Wraps, Chips, Fruit, Ice Cream & Drinks.
Lunch options on both days will be $9 adults, $7 children under 14.
We have also re-organized and "stepped-up" our hospitality stops. Our communities will be welcoming our riders with new varieties and new options of refreshments. We will be coordinating the types of snacks that are offered at each stop to help assure that our rest stops are not providing the same snack or beverage. No longer will you be asked for a "Free Will Donation"...your ride registration will be all-inclusive and everything will be included in your one-time registration fee. You can ride, eat and drink without the hassle of digging for change!
All riders will be required to wear color-coded wristband(s) throughout the duration of the event. The wristband(s) will be your lunch pass, free SAG pass as well as your hospitality pass for complimentary refreshments.
Saturday's route options will include:
Deer Run- 70 miles. Ride begins at 7:30am.Terrain includes flat prairie, moderate & mild hills, ends with Billy Goats Pass or the downhill ride on the county's largest, longest ..Pittsburg Hill in the "I'm getting tired shortcut option". Deer Run includes 7 hospitality stops and the Amish BBQ lunch.
Fox Trot- 34 miles. Ride begins at 10:00am. Billy Goats Pass is first then terrain is mostly flat with gentle rolling hills, ends with down Pittsburg Hill. Fox Trot includes 4 hospitality stops and Amish BBQ lunch.
Turkey Trail- 29 miles. Ride begins at 7:30am. Terrain is flat prairie. Turkey Trail includes 2 hospitality stops and does NOT include the Amish BBQ lunch, however, you can combine The Boomerang and ride to lunch after finishing the Turkey Trail.
The Boomerang- 18 miles. Ride begins at 10:00am. Starts off with Billy Goats Pass with aggressive terrain, through beautiful Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, then after lunch, it Boomerangs back, down Pittsburg Hill. The Boomerang is essentially a ride to lunch and back to Keosauqua.
Sunday's route options will include:
Jackrabbit Run- 46 miles. Ride begins at 8:00am. Terrain is flat prairies, then mild rolling hills along timber lined roads, ends with curvy mild hills. Jackrabbit Run will have 5 hospitality stops and include lunch in Farmington.
Hare-raiser- 24 miles. Ride begins at 9:00am. Terrain is mostly flat and ends with gentle rolling hills. The Hare-raiser has 2 hospitality stops. There is no designated lunch stop on Hare-raiser.
Bunny Hop- 32 miles. Ride begins at 8:00am. Terrain is mostly flat prairies ends with gentle rolling hills. Bunny Hop has 4 hospitality stops. There is no designated lunch stop on the Bunny Hop.
All of the routes will lead you through some of the most beautiful countryside in Iowa. You'll pedal your way across a portion of the Historic Hills Scenic Byway, taking in 10 historic Villages dating back to the 1840's, you'll enjoy seeing the Amish families tending their gardens or watching the Amish children walk to their neighbors for a day of play. Our Mennonite communities will be busy with activity as you visit the Milton Creamery and the Dutchman's Store in Cantril. Saturday’s ride will conclude with the Keosauqua Fire Dept Annual Hog Roast meal for a Free-Will donation. First St. Grill in downtown Keosauqua will have a live band, Spazm, playing 70's & 80' Rock, Saturday evening from 7-11pm following the ride. Riders with a wristband will get a FREE drink of their choice! The evenings entertainment is open to the public with no cover charge.
The Keosauqua Lions Club has partnered with Community First Bank & Bickel's Cycling & Fitness once again, and will be raffling a brand new, beautiful 1.5 Trek Road Bike (MSRP:$1240). The bike will be on display at Community First Bank in Keosauqua where tickets may be purchased for $5 each or 5/$20. Tickets will be for sale during the Lions breakfast until 10am on August 17 and again that afternoon at the Keosauqua Fire Station. You may also order tickets by calling Gary Kingsberry at 319-293-3269. The winner will be drawn during the Keosauqua Fireman’s Annual Hog Roast Dinner on Saturday evening, Aug. 17, at 6pm. You need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit various Lions Club projects.
Remember, participants will be sharing the roadways with vehicular traffic. Although the majority of the route is on sparsely traveled paved county roads there are sections that include travel on state highways. For your own safety, helmets are strongly encouraged, but not required.
Early Bird Registration:
$35 - Adult 2-day
$25- Adult 1-day
$27- Child 2-day
$17- Child 1-day
After July 26, add $10
T-shirts are Gildan brand with 100% polyester jersey knit no-snag fabric. Rib knit 3/4" collar (no topstitch).Heat transfer label; Care label in bottom hem. AquaFX® Wicking Properties. Freshcare® Anti-Microbial Properties. Double-needle hemmed 5/8" sleeves and bottom hem. T-shirts are now $21 which includes a $5 shipping fee as all shirts ordered after the July 26 deadline will be mailed after the event. (Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.)
Registration/Check-in will be held at the Keosauqua City Park. Saturday Aug. 17: 7:00am-10:00am and Sunday August 18: 7:30am-9:00am
Keosauqua Lions will be serving a Pancake, sausage, scrambled egg and fresh fruit for breakfast ($7) both mornings from 7am-10am in the registration tent.
**All riders (under 18 will require parent/guardian signature) will be required to sign a release of liability waiver.
ANYONE UNDER 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
DO NOT FORGET TO WEAR YOUR BIKE HELMETS!!! THEY SAVE LIVES AND HELP AVOID SERIOUS INJURIES.
Download ADULT REGISTRATION form to mail.
Download CHILD REGISTRATION form to mail.
If you have questions about Bike Van Buren, feel free to contact us.
Ph. 800-868-7822 / 319-293-7111
Bike Van Buren is sponsored in part by:
Community First Bank - Van Buren Telephone Co. - Keosauqua Chamber - City of Keosauqua - Keosauqua Lions - Dutchman's Store - Bickels Cycling & Fitness
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