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Bike Van Buren XXVIII set Aug. 16-17

Aug 08, 2014

KEOSAUQUA — The Villages of Van Buren will be hosting the 28th annual Bike Van Buren Aug. 16-17.

Bicycling enthusiasts will pedal their way through 11 historical villages during the weekend event. Different route options were implemented last year and because of their popularity organizers will continue to offer alternative routes to better accommodate all riders regardless of their level of experience.

This year, three route options will be available each day.

Aug. 16’s “Deer Run” route will be 58.4 miles, “Turkey Trail” will be 43.4 miles and “Bunny Hop” will be 31.2 miles.

Aug. 17 includes “Jack Rabbit” with 52.9 miles, “Fox Trot” with 34 miles and “Boomerang” with 17.2 miles.

Some routes Aug. 17 will include “Billy Goat’s Pass” with aggressive terrain through Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.

All routes will begin and end at Keosauqua City Park. Some routes have later start times to better accommodate guests having longer travel distances.

Aug. 16’s ride will incorporate a fun poker run, where riders will try to build their best hand of poker by drawing cards at each hospitality stop. The best hand will win $100. Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness and Trek will provide prizes for second-, third- and fourth-place winners.

“The varying route options were very well-received in 2013, so we’ve attempted to offer similar options again this year,” said Stacey Reese, director for the Villages of Van Buren. “We’ve also continued with the new registration fees for adults and children as well as one- or two-day ride options. Lunch and commemorative T-shirts are available as separate purchase options. Continuing 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.

Registration is from 7-9:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Keosauqua City Park.

Registration is 7:30-10 a.m. Aug. 17 in City Park as well.

Registration is available online at www.villagesofvanburen.com, and walk-ups registrants are welcome.

Two-day registration is $45 for adults and $37 for children. Single day registration is $35 for adults and $27 for children.

Riders will have the option to purchase a lunch band at registration at a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for youth.

All participants will receive colored wrist bands that must be worn throughout the event. The wristbands will allow riders to take advantage of 100 percent complimentary refreshments at each of the 11 hospitality stops throughout the weekend ride.

The Aug. 16 ride will conclude at the Keosauqua Fire Department’s annual hog roast dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. For a freewill donation, diners will get a full dinner with “melt-in-your-mouth BBQ pork with all the fixin’s.” A special treat this year will be live musical entertainment during dinner.

First Street Bar & Grill in downtown Keosauqua will have a DJ from 7-11 p.m. Guests with wristbands will receive a free drink of their choice. The evening’s entertainment is open to the public with no cover charge.

Keosauqua Lions will be serving an “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast, with scrambled eggs and fresh fruits from 7-10 a.m. both days in the Keosauqua City Park. The fee is $6.

The Keosauqua Lions Club has partnered with Community First Bank & Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness to raffle a new, 1.2 Trek Road Bike. The bike is on display at Community First Bank in Keosauqua. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The tickets will be for sale during the Lions breakfast on Aug. 16 and again that afternoon at the Keosauqua Fire Station. The winner will be drawn during the Keosauqua fireman’s annual hog roast dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Ticketholders need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit various Lions Club projects.

For more information, contact Villages of Van Buren by calling 800-868-7822 or 319-293-7111 or visiting the website www.villagesofvanburen.com.

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