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  • Posted Aug 28

Join Scott from BIKEIOWA.com to hear about what's on his radar in the Iowa cycling scene this weekend. #FridayFives is a new series for Summer 2020 and we plan to share fun destinations, events and happenings each week.
For Week #14 it is:

1) BIKEPACKING DURING THE DERECHO
Scott left Iowa for 10 days for a socially distanced bikepacking trip, riding Segment #1 of the Wild West Bikepacking Route (a 2,700 mile route from Canada to Mexico). He shares details of his experience in the remote mountains of western Montana, as well as his disbelief when he got cellular service and found out that a derecho had struck Iowa. He didn't expect that the homefront would be more exciting than his adventure!


2) TOUR DE RECHO
Fenders Brewing in Polk City has put together a virtual ride (set for Sunday, August 30) to raise money for derecho relief. They are asking participants to share their rides online and those donating more than $25 to the relief efforts will get a #TourDeRecho t-shirt.


3) CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR MOTORISTS
July and August have been deadly months for cyclists in Iowa. Scott checks in and reports on the charges that have been filed against drivers that killed cyclists (and yes, we know that the motorist isn't always at fault).

Short version: NO CHARGES have been filed in ANY of the FIVE recent fatal crashes in Iowa.



4) RIVERDALE - TRAIL CLOSURE
This is the third time Scott has addressed this issue.

Stop Riverdale from Cutting Access Between MRT and Duck Creek Trail
on Friday Fives. The City of Riverdale has closed the trail connection, forcing cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users on to a busy federal highway near Arconic.

The QCBC - Quad Cities Bicycle Club and Cornbelt Running Club have joined forces and hired an attorney to search for legal options to make the City of Riverdale re-open the trail connection. They are accepting donations to fund legal feeds (and yes, we donated this morning).

5) CRUSHED ROCK CLASSIC P/B RIDLEY
Ames Velo is hosting the Crushed Rock Classic on Saturday, August 22. It's a multi-surface bike race including crushed rock, pavement and prairie trail.
In an attempt to make the event pandemic safe, they changed it to a time trail start, only accepted pre-registration and lengthened the laps to 22 miles.

The Ridley Bikes Race Campus at Sunny Heights Farms features picturesque views and everyone present will be asked to wear masks when not competing.


THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK ! You can find more information on all of these items by checking out BIKEIOWA.com.
Remember - We’ll post Friday Fives every Friday during the Summer on Facebook & Instagram Live, add we’ll add YouTube and BIKEIOWA as a Review afterwards.

If YOU have something you’ve like us to share on Friday Fives ping us on Facebook or email Biker@BIKEIOWA.com

RIDE SAFE & STAY HEALTHY!


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