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Visit beautiful countryside during Bike Van Buren XXXII

Aug 09, 2018
Courtesy of: VILLAGES OF VAN BUREN COUNTY After registering in Keosauqua City Park, participants of a past Bike Van Buren event prepare head off to see some of the most beautiful countryside in Iowa as they visit the villages. This year’s Bike Van Buren will be Aug. 18-19.

KEOSAUQUA -- The Villages of Van Buren County will be hosting the 32nd year of Bike Van Buren on Aug. 18- 19.

Approximately 200 bicycling enthusiasts will pedal their way through 10 historical villages during the two-day event in southeast Iowa. Each village will welcome the bikers with free refreshments and outstanding hospitality. All of the routes will lead bicyclists through some of the most beautiful countryside in Iowa.

Register for Bike Van Buren online at www.villagesofvanburen.com or walk-up registration will be 7-8:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at the Keosauqua City Park. Sunday-only rider registration is 7:30-8 a.m. Sunday in City Park.

Two-day registration fees are: adults, $45; children under 18 years old, $37. Single-day registration is: adults, $35; children, $27.

Two routes will be offered Aug. 18; a 66-mile route and a 42-mile route. One 42-mile route will be offered Aug. 19.

Riders can create their own route as well.

All routes will begin and end at the Keosauqua City Park, and all are clearly marked with large colored arrows. 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 cellphone. All support crews will be equipped with free cold bottled water, courtesy of Dutchman’s Store in Cantril, and limited first aid.

Riders will have the option to purchase a lunch band at registration. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for youth.

Lunch Aug. 18 will be hosted by the Lunch Box Café in Douds. Aug. 19, the Bridge Café in Farmington will provide a lunch buffet.

Registered riders will take advantage of 100 percent complimentary refreshments at each of the nine hospitality stops, Hospitality stops average 8-10 miles apart and will include some fascinating historic sites, such as Bonaparte Pottery, Stockport Depot and Pearson House Museum Complex.

A fun poker run, will be part of the event on both days. Riders will try to build their best hand of poker by drawing cards at designated hospitality stops. The best hand on each day, will win $100 cash. Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness will provide prizes for second-, third-, and fourth-place winners.

The Aug. 18 ride will conclude at the Pearson House Museum Complex in Keosauqua, where riders will tour the Underground Railroad safe house and see where escaping slaves hid under the floorboards during the Civil War on their journey to freedom.

The Pearson House also will be open 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19.

From 4-7 p.m. Aug. 18 in Keosauqua City Park, Goehring Bros. BBQ will be serving pulled a pork and brisket plate dinner. The Tarnished Brass Band will perform from 5-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening.

Keosauqua Lions will be serving a $7 “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast with scrambled eggs and fresh fruits 6:30-10 a.m. Aug. 18 and 19 in Keosauqua City Park. The breakfast is open to the public.

The Keosauqua Lions, First Iowa State Bank and Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness have partnered to raffle a Domane AL 3 Road Bike. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and will be for sale during the Lions breakfast on Aug. 18 and again that afternoon in the park. The winner will be drawn at 6 p.m. Aug. 18. The winner does not need to be present. Proceeds will benefit various Lions Club projects.

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

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