YO! Just lettin' ya know that this event occurred in the past. So don't go planning your day around this one.


Sat Sep 15 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


NEW START LOCATION... all routes begin and end at the Mondamin Community Center, Mondamin Iowa
Mondamin, IA


Richard and Tammi Mether [and Rachel and Hannah and Jeremiah and Andrew Mether]



Distance - 28 miles of rolling hills or 59 miles with more challenging hills

This is a wonderful fund raiser for our local food pantry, Matthew House. One cyclist wrote, "This ride was amazing! Beautiful scenery, very well-marked routes, excellent maps, great start and end environment, amazing food!" Another biker said, "Beautiful route, food everywhere! You nailed it!"

Two route choices: 28 and 59 miles... For our 7th annual Embrace the Hills, ride at your own pace through the Loess Hills of Western Iowa. Our 28-mile route (same route as past years) has mild hills and is very do-able for even the beginner cyclist. The experienced cyclist will find challenges on this route, too. After the 28 miles (and snacks and lunch, etc.) cyclists are invited to continue the ride with an additional 31 miles of more challenging hills.

FREE delicious meals and snacks available from start to finish (at the Mondamin Community Center in Mondamin) and pocket-able proteins available at each rest stop. This fully-supported ride includes SAG wagon and on-site bike mechanic at the Mondamin Community Center.

Registration will open at 8:00 a.m., and the ride officially starts at 9:00 a.m. However, cyclists may begin their ride at any time. Staff will be available from 8:00 a.m. until the last cyclist arrives back at the Mondamin Community Center.


The first loop (for all cyclists) takes a 28-mile rolling-hills route along the Loess Hills toward Pisgah. There is a rest stop at the Brent S. Olson Memorial Visitor Center in Pisgah; Cyclists will receive free pocket-able protein snacks and coffee. From there the route continues up toward Murray Hill, one of the highest points -- and one of the most breath-taking views -- in Harrison County. The route flattens out after Murray Hill for the finish of the loop back to Mondamin. Meals and snacks are available all day at the Mondamin Community Center.

For those who want to continue riding after the first 28 miles, an additional route will cover 31 more miles of more intense hills. This route will take cyclists from the Mondamin Community Center to Magnolia for home-made cinnamon rolls. After Magnolia, bikers will head into Logan. More pocket-able proteins will be available at the Logan Public Library. The route then heads back west, and more free snacks will be offered at the Loess Hills Lavender Farm on the route back to the Mondamin Community Center.


NEW START LOCATION... all routes begin and end at the Mondamin Community Center, Mondamin Iowa

200 Maple Street (on Hwy 127)
Mondamin, IA 51557



Sign up by Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, to guarantee a t-shirt -- and to save yourself some money! [Shirts are 100% polyester, moisture-wicking, with UVPF 50 sunblock.]

During the 2017 ride, cyclists voted on the 2018 t-shirt color. The winner: SAFETY ORANGE!

Best way to register: email Tammi at

ALL military and law-enforcement personnel [active or retired] are FREE! Thank you for your service! [But please register by Monday, August 27, 2018, so we can plan and so you can have a free shirt!]

Registration fee by Monday, August 27 ... $25 plus one non-perishable food item.

Registration fee after Monday, August 27 ... $35 plus one non-perishable food item.

FAMILY rates: after 2 paid registrations, additional family members $15 each. Children 5 & under are free.

PayPal: If you prefer to pay through PayPal, use, and consider adding $1.oo to the amount, as that is the approximate cost for us to receive payment through PayPal.

All proceeds after costs will go to the local food pantry, Matthew House.


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