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      Bike Van Buren XXIX

Bike Van Buren XXIX

 August 15 & 16, 2015



Bike Van Buren will continue to offer Adult and Child (under 14) registration fees as well as 1-day and 2-day options. We will also offer Lunch and our Commemorative T-shirt as separate purchase options.                                

Each route will BEGIN and END in Keosauqua. 

Two route options will be offered on Saturday 

Saturday: "DEER RUN ROUTE" has a start time from 7-8:00am and will include 4 hospitality stops within 30m., lunch will be served at 36 m. with 3 more hospitality stops within the final 30 miles before ending the day back in Keosauqua for a total of 66.8 miles

Saturday: "FOX TROT ROUTE" has a start time from 7:30-8:30am and will consist of a total of 4 hospitality stops. Lunch will be at 26.4 m. The final 15 m. will include 1 hospitality stop ending back in Keosauqua for a total of 41.4 miles

Two route options will be offered on Sunday
* Please Note: Sunday routes are subject to change due to anticipated road construction.

Sunday: "JACK RABBIT TRAIL" will  include 48.6 miles with 37.5 miles to lunch and a short 11 miles back to Keosauqua for a total of 48.6 miles. 

Sunday: "HARE-RAISER" will 29.2 miles to lunch and also a remaining 11 miles back to Keosauqua for a total of 40.3 miles.

Technical support will be provided by  Bickels Cycling & Fitness. Free SAG support will be provided by Villages of Van Buren staff and volunteers. The crews will be in full force on all of the route options for both days. Each vehicle will be equipped with FREE cold bottled water (Courtesy of Bonaparte Retreat), limited first aid and assistance as needed. (Please bring your cell phone to insure quicker service should you need it.) 

Our hospitality/snack stops will NOT be accepting free-will donations. Your one-time registration fee will include refreshments at all hospitality stops. ALL five route options will include a designated lunch stop. You will have the option to purchase your lunch at registration ($7 adult, $5 child). The Keosauqua Volunteer Fire Dept. will host their annual Hog Roast dinner beginning on Saturday evening beginning at 4:30pm for a free-will donation. 

Our FUN POKER RUN will also be a part of this years event. Riders will try to collect the best "Poker Hand" by drawing cards at designated Hospitality Stops for a chance to win awesome prizes from Bickel's Cycling & Fitness. Two lucky riders who have the BEST Poker Hand on EACH day will win $100 CASH! 

Commemorative T-shirts can be ordered at the time of registration. This years shirts will be a Badger- B-Core T-shirt with Sport Shoulders. They are 3.5 oz., 100% polyester with moisture management qualities. They have a self-fabric collar, double needle hem with tack and the new Bike Van Buren XXIX logo (see photo top right) across the full front. Shirts ordered during early-bird registration ($16.00) can be picked up the day of the event. Shirts ordered after July 22, ($21.00) will be mailed within 3-4 weeks of the event. 

The Keosauqua Lions have once again partnered with First Iowa State Bank f.k.a Community First Bank and Bickels Cycling & Fitness to raffle off a brand new beautiful 1.2 Trek Road Bike with a MSRP of $929 (see photo left.) Tickets are $5 each or 5/$20. Tickets will be on sale during breakfast on Saturday morning and the winner will be drawn on Saturday night Aug. 15, at approx. 6pm at the Keosauqua Fire Dept. Annual Hog Roast. You need not be present to win. All proceeds will benefit various community projects sponsored by the Lions. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Gary Kingsberry at 319-293-3269. 

All of the routes will lead you through some of the most beautiful countryside in Iowa! You'll enjoy pedaling your way across a portion of the Historic Hills Scenic Byway, taking in historic river Villages dating back to the 1840's. You'll also experience our "prairie villages" where the land is flat and fertile, row crops are prevalent and the friendly down-to-earth folks will welcome you with open arms.
We coin the ride as "Gentle Rolling Hills" although there's a few hills that would be considered "moderate" and at least one, which most riders will endure first thing Saturday morning, that some would consider "aggressive."  But no worries, our SAG support is enroute with you and are happy to give you a quick lift to the next hospitality stop or back to Keosauqua, our goal is to make sure you enjoy your weekend!  

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. 

 Registration/Check-in will be held at the Keosauqua City Park. 
Saturday August 15: 7:00am-8:30am 
Sunday August 16: 7:30am - 8:30am (Sunday only riders) 

NOTE: All riders (under 18 will require parent/guardian signature) will be required to sign a release of liability waiver. 



Bike Van Buren is sponsored in part by:

1st Iowa State Bank - Van Buren Telephone Co. - Keosauqua Chamber - City of Keosauqua - Keosauqua Lions - Cantril Feed, Dutchman's Store - Bickels Cycling & Fitness