Group of four road bicyclists on the horizon riding past a soybean field on a clear summer day.

Lake and Fields

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If you want to get away from the hustle & bustle but are short on time, this route is for you. You’ll take a combination of streets & paved trail to ride around the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area & a soccer park. Keep an eye out for birds, frogs & other critters through the rec area & soccer park. The lake at the center of the rec area trail was created as a result of sand & gravel quarrying & is, logically enough, named Sand Lake. If you’re in need of refreshment on the way back toward downtown Iowa City, you can stop off at Big Grove Tap Room adjacent to the Riverfront Crossings—plenty of bike parking & seating both indoors and out.

Two road Cyclists passing U of I buildings in Iowa City.

Eastside Townie

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Starting from the Iowa City Bike Library at 700 S Dubuque Street in Iowa City, you’ll pedal north to the corner of the Pentacrest, the cluster of five University of Iowa buildings with the original capitol building at the center, built before Iowa’s capitol was moved to Des Moines. Once you head east from downtown, this route combines local streets and paved bike path to stitch together a relaxed ride through the neighborhoods of east Iowa City. Keep an eye out for the new-and-improved bike facilities—wide sidewalks and bike lanes—the City of Iowa City is continually adding and upgrading along this route.

Single cyclist riding on a paved county road on a summer day.

A Peaceful Roll

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This easy spin will take you through some peaceful countryside on gently rolling hills. On the return, you might enjoy touring downtown Solon and stopping in one of the delicious eateries you’ll find there. You’ll find ample parking at the start-finish, and plenty of amenities nearby.

Sutliff Bridge spanning the Cedar River

To the Bridge!

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Depart from Solon (easy parking) and head northeast to the historic Sutliff Bridge, a three-span Parker truss design originally built in 1898. The flood of 2008 washed away one span, but the bridge was restored and now provides a unique way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Cedar River and enjoy the view. Pro tip: Leave some time for a refreshing break at Baxa’s Tavern at the bridge—cash only! On your return, you might want to take an extra spin around the center of Solon to check out the growing number of restaurants and watering holes.

Bicyclists riding down a paved county road.

A Little Get-Away

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This route is a laid-back pedal through the countryside southeast of Iowa City. You’ll want to bring water and maybe a snack, since you won’t pass much in the way of services along the way. However, at 18.2 miles into the ride, you might want to stop at Scott Church Park to enjoy the swings next to the corn field and the prairie flowers.

Winding road in the lush, green Iowa countryside.

Buggy Traffic Jam

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If you’re escaping city traffic, you’re going to love the traffic on this ride—there are often horse-drawn buggies driven by members of the local Amish community. You’ll climb up Bayertown Road to a ridge offering beautiful views of the rolling countryside, a favorite road of many local cyclists. There’s not much for services on this route, with mostly unincorporated towns along the way, so bring your water and a snack. Easy parking in Hills to start.

Single cyclist riding on a paved county road on a summer day.

The Wall

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You might be looking at the total mileage of this ride and wondering why it’s on the list of “Advanced Adventure” rides. Did you check out the total elevation change? This ride is 1,315 feet of climb crammed into 27 miles of rolling drift plain deliciousness, with The Wall rising up to make you hunt for that one smaller gear somewhere in the middle. Along the way, you’ll pedal through Iowa City, North Liberty, and Coralville, with pretty rural roads between.

Devonian Fossil Gorge

Turn Here!

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This is another shorter route for the Advanced Adventure routes, and its challenge lies in two characteristics: significant climbing and punchy hills, and a lot of turning. Bring your cue sheet! The good news is that you’ll come across plenty of options for a refueling stop if needed in Coralville and North Liberty—or just at your start-finish point. This route takes you across the Coralville Dam Spillway. During severe flooding in 1993, water rushed over the spillway and uncovered a prehistoric treasure trove in what is now called the Devonian Fossil Gorge. You might stop and look around!

Pioneer Landmark in Lone Tree, Iowa.

Trains and a Tree

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So many American towns sprang up next to rail lines, and this route takes you through a couple of those. It also takes you past a town, Lone Tree, named for a giant elm tree said to be so large that bison grazed beneath its shade, removing all grass around it and thus protecting it from prairie fire. (Sadly, though, the tree was no match for Dutch Elm Disease.) You’ll pedal along part of Historic US 6, and you’ll visit West Liberty, with a downtown district on the National Register of Historic Places and a bountiful selection of restaurants, many of which feature foods of Latin and South America. You might want to take a break and sample one before pedaling the last 13 or so miles of your adventure.

Captain James T. Kirk Future Birthplace Monument in Riverside, Iowa

Everything from Buggies to Starships

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Starting just south of Iowa City in Hills, this scenic route will take you through the countryside that one of the largest Amish communities west of the Mississippi calls home AND through the town eagerly awaiting the birth of Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk in the year 2228. You’ll likely meet Amish farmers’ steel-wheeled tractors and horses pulling buggies, and you’ll pedal past the Star Trek Museum in Riverside. There’s easy parking for the start in Hills and convenience stores for quick refueling along the way.

Courage Ride

A Multi-Route Bike Ride through Southern Johnson and Washington Counties. Supports the Sarcoma Cancer Research Program at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Date: August 14, 2021

Courage Ride, an annual charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research program. It will resume as both an in-person and virtual event. It also has added a second start/finish location at the Washington County Fairgrounds that will take riders along the Kewash Trail to Keota. The 17th Annual Courage will also return to Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City.

The Washington location will offer two routes along the beautiful Kewash Trail, a limestone surfaced trail along a former railway.

Big Grove will offer six routes that will continue to take riders through the scenic Amish countryside near Hills and Kalona and out as far as Washington and Keota, Iowa for the longer routes. A 5 mile Family Fun ride to the Terry Trueblood Recreational Area is also being offered.

Courage Ride is following federal, state and local pandemic guidelines, as of May 2021, to ensure a safe ride experience in 2021. COVID measures are subject to change as regulations, restrictions and recommendations change prior to our August 14th event.

“We feel so blessed to be able to return to in-person riding for those who can. Last year was definitely a challenge and we really missed seeing everyone who has come out and supported us over the past 16 years,” said Courage Ride Director Leora Houghton. “And we are so excited to add Washington, Iowa as a second location. This location is a great opportunity to grow our event and offer a different trail ride experience for those who like to get closer to nature. Growing the event means more dollars going into sarcoma cancer research at the university where they are making great progress on this rare form of cancer.”

Courage Ride honors the life of Seth Bailey, a courageous young man who died at age 25 from sarcoma cancer in 2003. His parents, Jackie and Tom Bailey partnered with Bicyclists of Iowa City (BIC) in 2005 to create a ride that all levels of bicyclists can enjoy.

Courge Ride organizers anticipate between 600 to 700 bicyclists to register for the event. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., bicyclists will travel on 8 different routes. Routes from Big Grove include lengths of 5, 18, 37 (Seth Bailey Courage Loop), 58, 72 or 107 (The Tom Bailey Century) miles. Routes from the Washington County Fairgrounds include lengths of 17 and 35 miles.

Bicyclists at Big Grove can also participate in a silent auction featuring items from a variety of area businesses, organizations and craftsmen along with free skin cancer screenings by University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics dermatologists. The local community is also welcome to participate in the free skin cancer screenings.
A Live Facebook Fundraising event will be held Thursday, August 12th at www.facebook.com/courageride
Proceeds Support Sarcoma Cancer Research
All proceeds from Courage Ride go to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Research Program. Over the past 16 years, Courage Ride has raised over $660,000 for sarcoma cancer research.

To date, Courage Ride proceeds have seeded numerous sarcoma cancer research grants. Many of those grants have evolved into promising, larger scale research studies. This newfound momentum in the Sarcoma Research Program has created a lot of enthusiasm among researchers, investigators, doctors and cancer care providers at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The results are leading to new advancements, new partnerships and attracting some of the best research talent in the nation. Patient lives are improved as a result of these research studies and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is gaining worldwide recognition for its expertise in advancing sarcoma research.

Courage Ride’s mission is more crucial than ever considering that funding for cancer research has been shrinking over the past 10 years, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Yet cancer remains one of the nation’s costliest diseases. The American Cancer Society’s 2020 estimates for soft tissue sarcomas in the United States (these statistics include both adults and children) project that 13,130 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,470 cases in males and 5,660 cases in females) and 5,270 Americans (2,840 males and 2,430 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas. Over 100 adults and children in Iowa are diagnosed with sarcoma each year. Sarcoma receives one to two percent of all cancer research funding.

Discount For Early Registration
Registration is now open. Early adult registration is $75 (through Friday, August 6). Beginning August 7, adult registration is $85. On-site registration Friday, August 13 and 14 is $90. Youth registration (13-17) is $15. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, entertaining rest stops and SAG support. A victory party with live music will be held throughout the afternoon.

Visit www.CourageRide.org for more information about the event including registration, route maps, parking, or to make a donation.
ABOUT THE RIDE

Two start/finish locations: Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City and The Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington, Iowa
Over 600 riders are expected to register
8 total routes, ranging from a 5 mile family fun ride to a century ride (5, 17, 18, 35, 37, 58, 72, 107 miles).
Registration at Big Grove opens at 6 a.m. Registration at Washington opens at 7:30 a.m.
Includes breakfast and lunch
Rest stops with food, drinks and live music
Cyclists receive detailed maps, SAG support, bike mechanics and free tent camping.
Courage Ride jerseys available to order
A silent auction at Big Grove featuring items from area businesses, organizations and craftsmen
Free skin cancer screenings performed at Big Grove by University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics dermatologists
Adult-Early Registration (through Friday, August 6th) $75
Adult-Week of Registration (starting Saturday, August 7) $85
On-site registration Friday, August 13 and 14 is $90.
Youth (13-17) $15
Children 12 & under are free.
Visit CourageRide.org for route maps, registration information or to make a donation.

Also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Join us for this fun event and help us “Fight Sarcoma Cancer. Together.”

Tour de Donuts

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Donut let anyone fool you – we have some great paved trails and bike lanes in #BikeIowaCity. Celebrate National Donut Day with the Bike Iowa City Tour de Donut adventure. Starting from Riverfront Crossings Park, using primarily paved trails and bike lanes you’ll weave your way through Iowa City and Coralville, exploring some of our favorite donut shops, bakeries, and bike routes!

Bike to the Bard

Riverside Theatre and the Iowa City Bike Library are proud to present Bike to the Bard – a family friendly trail ride to see Riverside Theatre’s FREE production of The Winter’s Tale!

We’ll roll out from the Bike Library and pedal for an easy 2.8 miles down the Iowa River Trail, arriving with plenty of time to relax and have a nosh before the show begins. Bring your family, bring a picnic, bring a friend, and take in this free professional production!

Once we arrive, be sure to throw your name in the hat for the Ride to Riverside Raffle for a chance to win awesome prizes from local businesses!
World of Bikes will be on-hand with their bike valet service to make sure your bike stays safe during the show.
You’re on your own for the ride home, so be sure to have bike lights or other arrangements in place!

9th Annual Ride 4 Youth

Ride 4 Youth is a charity bike ride that supports youth and families served by United Action for Youth (UAY). The ride is hosted by the students of the Boulware Learning Community in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in partnership with UAY.

The ride will take place starting Sunday September 26th and run through Sunday October 3rd. To kick off the week-long ride there will be an opening ceremony on Sunday September 26th to pick up your gear and to help us celebrate all the awesome things UAY does for our community!

From there you can hop on your bike and hit the trail on the way to Big Grove in Solon or Walker Homestead.

Can’t make it for the ride on Sunday but still want to participate? No problem! Ride 4 Youth runs from Sep. 26th to Oct. 3rd where throughout the week we will be posting the routes and photos uploaded by our riders so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Cranksgiving 2021 Iowa City

A Food Drive on Two Wheels! All donations go to the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and Table to Table! Check out our Freelance page to learn of alternative ways you can contribute to the charities in lieu of Covid.

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels: part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. It’s been held annually in New York City since 1999. Every year, throughout the country, Cranksgiving events help provide thousands of needy families with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving. This will be Iowa City’s 3rd Year in joining this national movement!

Come join your cycling friends on Saturday, November 20th (Rain date: Sunday, November 21st) at Pepperwood Plaza (home to CommUnity and Table to Table’s operations) in Iowa City. Register online or on-site at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event. The official start will be 11:00 a.m. All of the items collected during the event will go to the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and to Table to Table in Iowa City.

Bring your bike, a helmet, a bag, a lock, your internal GPS, and around $20 to buy food and/or other necessities. You’ll be provided with a manifest listing various items to buy from specific grocery stores around town, as well as some optional destinations of your choosing. Take the time before the official start to plan and strategize your route, or just wing it if you wish.

At 11 a.m., or when everyone’s ready, we’ll blow the starting whistle and it’ll be up to you to reach as many ‘checkpoints’ as possible and to grab the items off the list. Don’t forget your receipt(s) as they will be needed to tally your items at the end! There may be a prize drawing at the end for those who finish. You don’t *have* to race, you can go at your own pace as you like – just remember to return to Pepperwood Plaza by 2:00 p.m. with whatever you were able to acquire.

Afterwards, feel free to head on over to Big Grove Brewery (1225 S Gilbert St) to socialize and mingle at the establishment in celebration of your charitable good!

Have questions about the event? Contact the event manager, Nick Maddix, at nicholas.s.maddix@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for supporting Cranksgiving in Iowa City!

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

Drop In Ride

Fast no-drop, paved road ride each Thursday leaving from Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City (behind Big Grove). This ride is ALL on pavement.

CRANDIC Time Trial Series

Challenging 10-mile individual time trial along beautiful Sutliff Road in Solon. Ride fast and fun on one of the most bike-friendly roads in the area. Come race your bike!

Presented by Steindler Orthopedics. Hosted by Big Grove Solon.

Registration: Pre register only (’til 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing: $15/night or $45 for all four. Juniors race free.
USA Cycling license required (1-day licenses available online).

Night at the Oval

Four nights of bike racing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. Self-seeded A & B races alternate in multiple short track-inspired races. Great practice and a great workout for beginners and expert racers alike.

Hosted by CRANDIC Racing Club. Presented by Goldfinch Cyclery, Geoff’s Bike & Ski, Sugar Bottom Bikes, and World of Bikes.

Registration

Pre-registration only (until 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing

$20/night or $60 for four. Juniors race free. USA Cycling license required (1-day available online).

CRANDIC Time Trial Series

Challenging 10-mile individual time trial along beautiful Sutliff Road in Solon. Ride fast and fun on one of the most bike-friendly roads in the area. Come race your bike!

Presented by Steindler Orthopedics. Hosted by Big Grove Solon.

Registration: Pre register only (’til 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing: $15/night or $45 for all four. Juniors race free.
USA Cycling license required (1-day licenses available online).

CRANDIC Time Trial Series

Challenging 10-mile individual time trial along beautiful Sutliff Road in Solon. Ride fast and fun on one of the most bike-friendly roads in the area. Come race your bike!

Presented by Steindler Orthopedics. Hosted by Big Grove Solon.

Registration: Pre register only (’til 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing: $15/night or $45 for all four. Juniors race free.
USA Cycling license required (1-day licenses available online).

CRANDIC Time Trial Series

Challenging 10-mile individual time trial along beautiful Sutliff Road in Solon. Ride fast and fun on one of the most bike-friendly roads in the area. Come race your bike!

Presented by Steindler Orthopedics. Hosted by Big Grove Solon.

Registration: Pre register only (’til 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing: $15/night or $45 for all four. Juniors race free.
USA Cycling license required (1-day licenses available online).

Night at the Oval

Four nights of bike racing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. Self-seeded A & B races alternate in multiple short track-inspired races. Great practice and a great workout for beginners and expert racers alike.

Hosted by CRANDIC Racing Club. Presented by Goldfinch Cyclery, Geoff’s Bike & Ski, Sugar Bottom Bikes, and World of Bikes.

Registration

Pre-registration only (until 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing

$20/night or $60 for four. Juniors race free. USA Cycling license required (1-day available online).

Night at the Oval

Four nights of bike racing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. Self-seeded A & B races alternate in multiple short track-inspired races. Great practice and a great workout for beginners and expert racers alike.

Hosted by CRANDIC Racing Club. Presented by Goldfinch Cyclery, Geoff’s Bike & Ski, Sugar Bottom Bikes, and World of Bikes.

Registration

Pre-registration only (until 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing

$20/night or $60 for four. Juniors race free. USA Cycling license required (1-day available online).

Night at the Oval

Four nights of bike racing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. Self-seeded A & B races alternate in multiple short track-inspired races. Great practice and a great workout for beginners and expert racers alike.

Hosted by CRANDIC Racing Club. Presented by Goldfinch Cyclery, Geoff’s Bike & Ski, Sugar Bottom Bikes, and World of Bikes.

Registration

Pre-registration only (until 10pm the night before) at BikeReg.com.

Pricing

$20/night or $60 for four. Juniors race free. USA Cycling license required (1-day available online).

18th Annual Courage Ride

Courage Ride, an annual charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research program, will be held Saturday, August 13th at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City. A virtual ride option is also available.

Courage Ride, honoring the life of Seth Bailey, is an annual bike ride with multiple route options through the beautiful amish countryside near Iowa City and Kalona. Courage Ride is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by sarcoma cancer. Proceeds benefit the Sarcoma Cancer Research Program at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Event Details

Five routes will take riders through the scenic Amish countryside near Hills and Kalona and out as far as North English and Millersburg, Iowa. Beginning at 6:00 a.m., bicyclists will travel on 5 different routes. Routes from Big Grove include lengths of 18, 38 (Seth Bailey Courage Loop), 57, 86 or 100 (The Tom Bailey Century) miles.

  • Registration at Big Grove opens at 6 a.m.
  • Includes breakfast and lunch
  • Rest stops with food, drinks and live music
  • Cyclists receive detailed maps, SAG support and bike mechanics\
  • Courage Ride jerseys available to order
  • A silent auction at Big Grove featuring items from area businesses, organizations and craftsmen
  • Adult-Early Registration (through Friday, August 5th) $75
  • Adult-Week of Registration (starting Saturday, August 6) $85
  • On-site registration Friday, August 12 and 13 is $90.
  • Youth (13-17) $15
  • Children 12 & under are free.
  • Visit CourageRide.org for route maps, registration information or to make a donation.

About the Ride

Courage Ride honors the life of Seth Bailey, a courageous young man who died at age 25 from sarcoma cancer in 2003. His parents, Jackie and Tom Bailey partnered with Bicyclists of Iowa City (BIC) in 2005 to create a ride that all levels of bicyclists can enjoy.

Bicyclists can also participate in a silent auction featuring items from a variety of area businesses, organizations and craftsmen.

Discount For Early Registration
Registration is now open. Early adult registration is $75 (through Friday, August 5). Beginning August 6, adult registration is $85. On-site registration Friday, August 12 and 12 is $90. Youth registration (13-17) is $15. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, entertaining rest stops and SAG support. Live music will be held throughout the afternoon.

Visit www.CourageRide.org for more information about the event including registration, route maps, parking, or to make a donation.
ABOUT THE RIDE

Proceeds Support Sarcoma Cancer Research
All proceeds from Courage Ride go to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Research Program. Over the past 17 years, Courage Ride has raised over $725,000 for sarcoma cancer research.

To date, Courage Ride proceeds have seeded numerous sarcoma cancer research grants. Many of those grants have evolved into promising, larger scale research studies. This newfound momentum in the Sarcoma Research Program has created a lot of enthusiasm among researchers, investigators, doctors and cancer care providers at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The results are leading to new advancements, new partnerships and attracting some of the best research talent in the nation. Patient lives are improved as a result of these research studies and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is gaining worldwide recognition for its expertise in advancing sarcoma research.

Courage Ride’s mission is more crucial than ever considering that funding for cancer research has been shrinking over the past 10 years, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Yet cancer remains one of the nation’s costliest diseases. The American Cancer Society’s 2022 estimates for soft tissue sarcomas in the United States (these statistics include both adults and children) project that 13,130 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,470 cases in males and 5,660 cases in females) and 5,270 Americans (2,840 males and 2,430 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas. Over 100 adults and children in Iowa are diagnosed with sarcoma each year. Sarcoma receives one to two percent of all cancer research funding.

 

Follow the Courage Ride on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Join us for this fun event and help us “Fight Sarcoma Cancer. Together.”

Millstream Brewing Co. Tour de Brew

Hop on your bike and hit the road on Millstream Brewing Co.’s annual Tour de Brew on Saturday, July 16th. This epic ride begins and ends at Millstream & features “hydration” stops for ice cold Millstream beer & surprises along the route. End your day on two wheels with a celebration of music on the Millstream summer concert stage all day and your favorite food trucks. Nick Stika plays 1-4pm. Amazing raffle prizes at 4pm and dance with Furious George 6-9pm.
Tour de Brew Check in at Millstream 8 am | Wheels Roll 9 am. Tickets at www.millstreambrewing.com

Cranksgiving 2022 Iowa City

A Food Drive on Two Wheels! All donations go to the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and Table to Table!

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels: part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. It’s been held annually in New York City since 1999. Every year, throughout the country, Cranksgiving events help provide thousands of needy families with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving. This will be Iowa City’s 4th year of joining this national movement!

Come join your cycling friends at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 20th at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. Register online (strongly preferred, link coming soon) or on-site at 10:00 am on the day of the event.

Bring your bike, a helmet, a bag, a lock, your internal GPS, and around $20-$30 to buy food and/or other necessities. You’ll be provided with a manifest listing various items to buy from specific grocery stores around town, as well as some optional destinations of your choosing. Take the time before the official start to plan and strategize your route, or just wing it if you wish!

At 11 am, or when everyone’s ready, we’ll blow the starting whistle and it’ll be up to you to reach as many ‘checkpoints’ as possible and to grab the items off the list. Don’t forget your receipt(s) as they will be needed to tally your total at the end! There will be a prize drawing at the end for those who finish. You don’t *have* to race, you can go at your own pace as you like – just remember to return to Big Grove by 2:00 pm with whatever you were able to acquire.

–TEAM TIME TRIAL EVENT–

Are you part of a racing team and have at least 4 members? (or can make several groups of 4?) We will have the option of a team time trial (TTT) where teams of cyclists will race against the clock to try to acquire the fastest time while completing the manifest. The winning team is determined by comparing the times of the fourth-finishing rider on each team. This will require a balance of speed and efficiency so that the team can mostly stay together from beginning to end.

Unlike a traditional team time trial event, there will be no staggered start times and you will start at the same time as the other groups.

Team members will *each* need to complete the manifest (not one manifest per team) so there should be 8 items (or more) PER team member.

However, the bonus buys/items will be PER team, so you cannot stack bonuses just because you have more than one of an item (for the bonus items/buys, you don’t need to have four of them, just one will be acceptable).

–AFTER EVENT PROCEEDINGS–

Afterward, we’ll have presentations, the raffle, and an after-party at Big Grove Brewery on the patio to socialize and mingle in celebration of your charitable good!

Have questions about the event? Contact the event manager, Nick Maddix, at nicholas.s.maddix@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for supporting Cranksgiving in Iowa City!