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Tue January 19 2021 / Issue #36

On Our Radar

If you are reading this then you survived 2020. We hope you made the best of it and used it as a reboot. We did as the pace was much slower than we were used to and it allowed us to focus on things we wouldn't normally have had time to do. Our riding times, distances and destinations were different. We rode mostly solo or in very small groups and did our part to social distance. We read more. We ate better. We cross-trained. We supported local businesses as often as we could. We found solace by visiting Iowa's state and county parks off-season for hikes, biking and camping.  We still did plenty in 2020 as you can see in this BIKEIOWA Year In Review feature.

We hope you found solace in some fashion - If you have an interesting story, let us know.

The upcoming events on our calendar are still pretty sparse. Almost a year after the pandemic started, we are still seeing many 2021 Winter and Spring events being cancelled or going all virtual. We think this pattern will extend into the Summer months until everyone is vaccinated and the positive cases and deaths decrease.

The Iowa Bicycle Summit, Safe Routes to Schools Conference, Iowa Bike Expo and the RAGBRAI Announcement Party are coming up January 28-30th. These are ALL virtual this year and we recommend registering and attending. All funds help support the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

In March 2020, we posted this feature "Finding yourself with some spare time during the COVID-19 outbreak?" which provided a list of tasks you can do to your bicycle during your idle time. We think it still applies.

We will miss seeing everyone in person at the Iowa Bike Expo! We still have plenty of BIKEIOWA Gear in-stock - much of it on sale! We are also getting caught up on our Pogie Lites back-order list. These have been crazy-popular this year as cyclists are liking the simplicity and packability. They and are now being used in 46 states and 6 countries including a pair we sent to Tasmania this morning!

As we begin our 20th year as a cycling resource for Iowa, we are creating a small survey as we value YOUR input on what we are doing well, what we can do better, and any other ideas/comments you may have. Stay tuned.

Thanks for using
Ride Safe & Stay Healthy!
Scott Sumpter

Upcoming Events

Sat Jan 23 2021
Triple D Winter Race 2021 »
Durango, Fat Bike
Thu Jan 28 2021
2021 Iowa Safe Routes to School Conference »
VIRTUAL - Safety/Education/Training 
Iowa Bicycle Summit »
VIRTUAL - Jan 28/29/30 - Safety/Education/Training
Sat Jan 30 2021
Iowa Bike Expo »
VIRTUAL - Expo/Sales/Swap
RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party »
VIRTUAL - Event Announcement
Sat Feb 06 2021
BRR - Perry's Bike Ride to Rippey »
Perry, Party Ride
GRR2BRR XIII - Galactic Triskaidekaphobia »
Johnston, Gravel
Punksutawney Peddler Fat Bike Ride »
Osage, Fat Bike
Sat Feb 13 2021
Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic »
Solon, Fat Bike
Sun Feb 14 2021
High Trestle Trail Winter Fat Bike Rides »
Slater, Trail Ride
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Sat Sep 25 2021 to Sun Sep 26 2021
Hawkeye Downs Human Powered Vehicle Race »
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Sat Jun 05 2021
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Perry looks to buy Hotel Pattee in partnership with PEDI nonprofit »
Scholarship fund created in memory of slain Charles City woman »
Greene County Supervisors Approve Plans for RRVT Bridge Repair »
Raccoon River Valley Pass Changes For This Year »
Getting ready for RAGBRAI: Anamosa readying for ride after delay »
DeWitt RAGBRAI volunteers sought »
Hight Trestle Trail to Raccoon River Valley Trail Connector update »
Ankeny's plans for 2021 include High Trestle Trail extension »
Snowmobiling In Dallas County »
MITCHELL COUNTY MOUNTAIN GOATS: North Iowa bikers keep winter fun alive »
Eastern Iowans greet 2021 outdoors on bikes, skis and snowshoes »
Indianola City Council to Discuss Master Trail Plan »
'It's a big day': Initial approval granted for water trails project that will pass through downtown Des Moines »
Sprawling Kinship Brewing Company set to open Jan. 1 in Waukee »
Plymouth County Foundation names recipients »
Owls of winter: Diversity is high during cold months »
Fundraising continuing for new Edgewood walking trail »
Construction on Iowa River Trail causes closures starting Wednesday, Dec. 15 »
Marshall County Conservation Board to meet via Zoom - 12/14/20 »
'I didn't think anybody would do this for me': Ankeny man receives new bike from the community »
Bicyclist suffers serious injuries after hit and run early Christmas morning »
DeWitt replaces Maquoketa as final RAGBRAI overnight stop »
Man on motorized bicycle dies after crash in Davenport »
Purchase 2021 Raccoon River Valley Trail Permit »
City of Storm Lake Withdraws From Hosting RAGBRAI »
Plans continue to evolve for 2021 Bike Ride to Rippey »
Sac City Council Schedules Special Meeting For Tuesday Evening To Decide On RAGBRAI Host Community Status »
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2020 - BIKEIOWA Year In Review »

2020 - WOWSERS - the year of the corona-virus pandemic, no RAGBRAI and lots more!

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Tue January 19 2021 / Issue #36