Bike Van Buren rolling out new options for 2013
KEOSAUQUA — The 27-year-old Bike Van Buren has been reorganized to better accommodate the growing number of bicycle riders on the weekend trek through the 11 historic Villages of Van Buren County in southeast Iowa.
The 2013 event is set for Aug. 17-18.
The route options have changed. Four route alternatives will be available Aug. 17.
The Boomerang ride is 18 miles and includes Billy Goat’s Pass with aggressive terrain through Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.
The Turkey Trail ride is 29 miles, with primarily flat prairie.
The Fox Trot is 34 miles and begins with Billy Goat’s Pass, then terrain is primarily flat with gentle rolling hills.
Deer Run is the full 70-mile ride. Three route options will be offered Aug. 18.
The 24-mile Hare-Raiser and the 32-mile Bunny Hop both have mostly flat terrain with gentle rolling hills.
Jackrabbit Run is the full route with 46 miles.
All routes will begin and end at the Keosauqua City Park. Some routes have later start times to better accommodate guests having longer travel distances.
“This year, we are offering the different route options to allow riders, regardless of their level of experience, to participate in this great event, said Stacey Reese, director for the Villages of Van Buren. “The registration fee is now all-inclusive, hospitality stops are 100 percent complimentary with your wristband. We also decided to offer the commemorative T-shirt as a separate purchase option instead of including it in the registration fee. All of these changes, we hope, will make for an even better and more affordable family-friendly bike ride.”
Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness of Burlington will provide technical support, and several sag wagons will be en route with the riders at all times.
Phone numbers for staff support crews are provided on the maps riders will receive upon registration. Riders are encouraged to carry a cell phone.
Another new change includes the pricing structure with one- and two-day registration fees as well as reduced registration for children under 14.
Registration is from 7-10 a.m. Aug. 17 and 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 18 at Keosauqua City Park.
Registration is available online at www.villagesofvanburen.com and walk-ups registrants are welcome. Two-day registration fee is $45 for adults and $37 for children. Single-day registration is $34 for adults and $27 for children.
All participants will receive colored wristbands that must be worn throughout the event. The wristbands will allow riders to take advantage of complimentary refreshments at each of the 14 hospitality stops throughout the weekend ride.
Lunch will be available along the routes at a nominal cost or riders will have the option to purchase a lunch band at registration.
Lunch Aug. 17 will be an old-fashioned Amish barbecue picnic with burgers, hotdogs, brats, potato salad, baked beans, homemade desserts and drinks.
Lunch Aug. 18 will include chicken wraps, fruit, chips, ice cream and drinks.
Lunch stops on both days are open to the public.
The ride Aug. 17 will end at the Keosauqua Fire Department’s annual hog roast dinner. For a freewill donation, guests get a full dinner with “melt-in-your-mouth” barbecued pork with “all the fixin’s.” First Street Bar & Grille in downtown Keosauqua will have a live band, Spazm, from 7-11 p.m. Aug. 17. Guests with Bike Van Buren wristbands will receive their first drink free. The evening’s entertainment is open to the public with no cover charge.
Keosauqua Lions will be serving a $7 “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast, with scrambled eggs and fresh fruits from 7-10 a.m. both days in Keosauqua City Park.
The breakfast is open to the public.
The Keosauqua Lions Club has partnered with Community First Bank and Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness to raffle a $1,240 1.5 Trek Road Bike. The bike is on display at Community First Bank in Keosauqua, where tickets can be purchased for $5 each or five for $20. Tickets also will be for sale Aug. 17 during the Lions breakfast and the Keosauqua Fire Station. Tickets also can be ordered by calling Gary Kingsberry at 319-293-3269.
The winner will be drawn during the Keosauqua fireman’s hog roast dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 17. Ticket holders do not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit various Lions Club projects.
Specially designed, commemorative T-shirts, with moisture management qualities, will be available for $21 and will be mailed to participants after the event.
For more information, contact Villages of Van Buren by calling 800-868-7822 or 319-293-7111 or visiting the website www.villagesofvanburen.com.