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      Bike Van Buren XXVIII

Bike Van Buren XXVIII

 August 16 & 17, 2014

The 2013 "Overhaul" was a hit!
We listened to your suggestions and are working to make Bike Van Buren XXVIII better than ever!

We 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.

Three route options will be offered on each day.
        Saturday will have 58.4m.,43.4m.,31.2m. route options.
         Sunday will have a 52.9m., 34m., 17.2m. route options.

          Each route will BEGIN and END in Keosauqua.

Saturday's routes will include sections of the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. The "DEER RUN ROUTE" will include 4 hospitality stops within 25m., lunch will be served at 40.3m. with a hospitality stop at 46.8m. and then a straight shot of 11.6m. which will end the day back in Keosauqua for a total of 58.4m. for the day. "TURKEY TRAIL ROUTE" also offered on Saturday will have a 9:00am start time and will have a total of 3 hospitality stops. Lunch will be at 25.3m. with the remaining 18.1m. headed back to Keosauqua for a total of 43.4m. for the day. "BUNNY HOP" has a 10:00am start time, with 1 hospitality stop and is essentially a 31.2m. ride to lunch and back.

Saturday's DEER RUN ROUTE will include the Fun Poker Run. Riders will receive a "Score Card" and will draw a card at each of the 5 hospitality stops on the DEER RUN ROUTE. The object is to build the best poker hand. The score card will be turned in to the Keosauqua Fire Station on Saturday from 3p-7p. The best hand will receive $100 CASH! Plus we'll have some awesome prizes for 2nd, 3rd & 4th place hands as well!

Note:The Fun Poker Run will ONLY be offered on the DEER RUN ROUTE on Saturday.

Sunday will include "JACK RABBIT TRAIL" (8:00am start time) which will have 2 hospitality stops within the 25.7m. to lunch and an additional 27.2 miles back to Keosauqua (via Billy Goats Pass) for a total of 52.9m. for the day. The "FOX TROT" (8:00am start time)will also have 25.7 miles to lunch and an additional 8.3m. back to Keosauqua for a total of 34m. for the day. The "BOOMERANG" (10:00am start time) includes 8.3m. to lunch and a returning trip of 8.9m. back to Keosauqua through Billy Goat Pass.

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, limited first aid and assistance as needed. (Please bring your cell phone to insure quick service should you need it.)

Your one-time registration fee will include refreshments at ALL hospitality stops. ALL six 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 at 4:00pm on Saturday evening in downtown Keosauqua for a free-will donation. (The Hog Roast is NOT included in your registration fee.) There will be musical entertainment at the Fire Station from 4-7p. First Street Grille in downtown Keosauqua will be hosting a DJ from 7p-11p (no cover charge.) Riders who show their wristband will receive a FREE drink of their choice!

Commemorative T-shirts can also be ordered at the time of registration. This years shirts will be quality Badger- B-Core T-shirt with Sport Shoulders. The sport shoulders allow for maximum movement and true athletic fit. 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 XXVIII logo  across the full front. Shirts ordered during early-bird registration ($15.00) can be picked up the day of the event. Shirts ordered after July 25, ($20.00) will be mailed within 3-4 weeks of the event.

The Keosauqua Lions have once again partnered with 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 above.) 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. 16, 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.

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 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.

If you don't think your bicycle has what it takes...no problem...Bickel's Cycling and Fitness has a huge selection of bikes designed to fly over pavement to off-road bikes built to conquer any trail. Rentals are also available. Call 319-754-4410 or email

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 16: 7:00am-9:30am
Sunday August 17: 7:30am - 10:00am (Sunday only riders)


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






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If you have questions about Bike Van Buren, view our FAQ or 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 - Cantril Feed, Dutchman's Store - Bickels Cycling & Fitness