Bicycle Tour of the Mississippi River Valley

  • June 7, 2013 · 7:00 AM

Bicycle Tour of the Mississippi River Valley

June 7-9, 2013
Leader: Jeanette Huber, [masked]
Cost: $179
Member Discount: $10
Member Cost: $169
Deposit: $90
Cancellation Date: May 10, 2013

TOMRV is a beautiful ride with lots of nice views of the Mississippi River and nice paved roads. It is a two-day, Saturday and Sunday, organized bike ride. We will leave Indianapolis on Friday and will get to the hotel about 6 to 6 1/2 hours later after stopping along the way for dinner. We will need to check-in for the ride that evening when we get to Bettendorf, IA. The ride starts Saturday morning from Scott Community College in Bettendorf for those wanting to do the longer route (106 miles) and from Preston, IA for those wanting to do the shorter route (69 miles). For those starting from Preston, there is an hour drive to Preston Saturday morning. Bike organizers want people to start Saturday's ride by 8am for the longer route and by 9am for the shorter route. You should be able to average 14 mph. You will want to get some good riding in before the tour. This is not a race, so find your pace and enjoy the scenery.

Also if two or more people want to shorten the ride, you can take turns driving the van to our destination on Saturday, the hotel and Clark University.

The CIWC fee includes van mileage and hotel costs for Friday and Saturday nights (two people per 2 queen bed room). Each person is responsible for his or her meals and registering for the TOMRV ride itself. With your TOMRV registration, you also get access to the “banquet” Saturday night at the college. And our hotel stays for Friday and Saturday nights include free breakfasts for Saturday and Sunday mornings. We’re staying in a Super 8 Friday night and a Baymont Inn and Suites Saturday night in Dubuque.
The fee schedule that lists the ride registration costs and the costs involved in lodging Saturday night: Registration is $60 if you register by March 29, 2013. Jerseys are available for an extra $55. A TOMRV T-Shirt is free with your registration.
Here's the description of the ride from We leave on Saturday from Bettendorf, Iowa (106 miles) or from Preston, Iowa (69 miles) and travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The next day we return using a different route to Bettendorf (90 miles) or to Preston (46 miles). The route is varied and scenic, using lightly traveled paved roads. There are many views of the Mississippi River as we ride along it, over it on bridges, and through it on causeways. The route is hilly near Dubuque, with 6,000 feet of climbing on Saturday and 4,000 feet on Sunday. You will have top-notch support services on the tour. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club provides many rest stops on the way with free food and refreshments. Additional food is sold along the route by civic and church organizations. Upon arriving at Clarke, the legendary TOMRV banquet is waiting for you. This is TOMRV, a tradition of good riding, good scenery, challenging hills, good food, and an overall good time. So if this is for you, then plan to ride with us this year.

For additional information on trip sign-up and other stuff visit: CIWCLUB.ORG

After you RSVP you must immediately pay the deposit to hold your spot.  Spots are limited and there will be a wait list.  Contact the event host for other information.

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  • Jeanette H.

    I think there are still openings for this trip. Saturday's bike ride is either 106 (from Bettendorf) or 69 miles (from Preston). If two or more people can share driving the van on Saturday and Sunday, they could shorten the bike routes but I don't have enough information yet on whether anyone will want to do that. To sign up for this trip, see:

    Send me an email and we can discuss further. Thanks.

    February 12, 2013

  • Mitzi L.

    I may be a guest if there is room. Would 16 year old be ok?

    February 9, 2013

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