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Fri April 17 2020 / Issue #34

On Our Radar

We are living in unprecedented times. None of us could have predicted how quickly the world could change and how quickly a contagious virus could spread and how our normal daily routine is far from "normal" these days.  

The BIKEIOWA calendar is full of **Cancellations** and "Postponements**". New events are not being added. The Tour De France, the Olympics are postponed and all sporting events are cancelled/postponed through at least mid/late Summer. USA Cycling is suspended all events through May 31. The only other times the Tour De France was cancelled was during WWI and WWII.

We are still adding plenty of News and a few Features and Reviews during this time.

RAGBRAI will make their announcement next Monday, April 20th. Iowa's Ride stated on April 8th "the event is still over 3 months away, so it is still early to make a decision at this point". We trust that both decisions will be tough to make but thoroughly thought out. We also notified all event coordinators that had events posted on BIKEIOWA asking them to update their events.

We are taking the Des Moines Ride of Silence virtual this year. On May 20th tune in for a Facebook LIVE event so we can still honor those who have been injured or killed this past year. Please take a look at the Ride of Silence list and see if we are missing anyone from the current year or year's past. Any type of vehicle/bicycle incident counts. We know there are hundreds of unreported incidents a year and we'd like to include as many as we can.


We posted a couple of polls on April 7th and here are the results. We think this is a good pulse-check for how folks are feeling.
  • Will RAGBRAI happen this year? (979 votes)

28% - yes
72% - no

  • Will Iowa's Ride happen this year? (548 votes)
19% - yes
81% - no


Most of the local businesses, bars, breweries and restaurants that we all love to support are closed. Some are open for carry-out, but business is not what is should be. If you can, please support local businesses during this time. Almost all of our sponsors fall under this category.

We are also a local business. If you are in need of new cycling gear, the BIKEIOWA store has all our our jerseys on sale for $50 and it just might still be chilly enough for the new Northwoods BIKEIOWA stocking cap and who can't use a bottle-opener?!?

Please support our sponsors and checkout the Marketplace that list each sponsor by their specialty.


Day 33 of our social distancing quarantine in our household. We have the luxury to be able to work from home and had a well-stocked pantry. We've pre-ordered and picked up groceries twice and made one trip to the hardware store early on. The most exposure we get to people is on the trails and we try to go on off-hours since they are pretty busy these days. Most of our big gravel Spring races are not happening so we've let our guard down a bit and are not riding long distances. Mostly because we don't want to stop anywhere (convenience stores, etc.) We are still riding local though.  We are also using this time to get those pesky house tasks completed - you know, the one we always put off since we usually have all those social obligations in the way. And we've made a point not to binge watch anything or eat a whole bag of Cheetos in one sitting.

Is all this social distancing blown out of proportion? We don't think so. The fact that you could carry the virus while not being infected and pass it onto others is scary! The fact that the virus can live on hard surfaces for a period of time is scary! We are happy to do our part to flatten the curve.

Do you trust the 6-foot rule for social distancing? One of the best quotes from our friend Matt - "I can always tell when someone is smoking a cigarette in the vehicle in front of me on the highway. How is the 6 foot separation supposed to be effective?"  that made us think differently just how (non) effective it is.

Here is a good post about cycling during these times "What is your Respiratory Signature while cycling during Covid-19?"


Will the pandemic change Iowa's "Iowa Nice"? Can you imagine an Iowa family allowing a 20 person bicycle team (from who knows where) into their house to shower, eat and sleep after all this? Will this ever be considered "normal" again?  We're not sure. What do you think?


If you are bored, we posted a "Finding yourself with some spare time during the COVID-19 outbreak?" Feature in mid-March that lists all sorts of productive things you can do. We also love this video from France about "The best bike-packing trip I've NEVER had".  Remember - you'll never get those wasted minutes back. Use 'em!

We wish you the best. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Thanks for using BikeIowa
Ride Safe!
Scott Sumpter

Upcoming Events

Sat Apr 18 2020
****CANCELED**** 2020 Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails »
Des Moines, Trail Ride
**CANCELLED** Eastern Iowa Recumbent Trike Ride »
Hiawatha, Trail Ride
Iowa Wind and Rock *POSTPONED until 10/23/20 »
Winterset, Gravel
Missouri Cowboy - Cyclocross Xtreme »
Rocheport MO, Cyclocross
Postponed until the first weekend Des Moines is open again!!! Fun Haters Ride »
Des Moines, Party Ride
Sat Apr 25 2020
Psycowpath MTB Series (Swanson Shoot Out) »
Bellevue NE, Mountain Biking
Spring Fling 2020 »
Louisville NE, Road
Sun Apr 26 2020
Sauk Rail Trail Spring Ride/Fundraiser (SAVE THE DATE) »
Carroll, Trail Ride
Thu Apr 30 2020
Race Like a Squirrel- Postponed »
Des Moines, Road
Sat May 02 2020
Winterset, Gravel
OTTUMWA, Party Ride
Manilla Madness Bike Ride ***POSTPONED*** »
Denison, Road
Nevada Annual Bike Ride (NABR) the 20th year with Nevada Jaycees »
Nevada, Road
Psycowpath MTB Series (Platte River Battle Royale) »
Louisville NE, Mountain Biking
Ride 4 Raiders »
Sac City, Other
Tour de Brew QC -Canceled Due to COVID_19 »
Rock Island IL, Other
Sun May 03 2020
** CANCELED ** Bike Run Bike »
Solon, Road
Catrike & E-Bike Demo Day »
West Des Moines, Expo/Sales/Swap
Urbandale Mayor's Annual Ride (UMAR) Postpone due to virus-will be rescheduled in the fall »
Urbandale, Tour
Thu May 07 2020
Race Like a Squirrel- Postponed »
Des Moines, Road
Sat May 09 2020
Cyclo de Mayo XIV - CANCELLED »
Des Moines, Adventure Race
Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride-Cancelled due to virus »
Slater, Madrid, or Woodward, Trail Ride
Sat May 16 2020
18th Annual April Fools Ride! NEW DATE! »
La Porte City, Party Ride
Firetrucker Dan's Memorial Bridges Ride - Day 1 »
Des Moines, Trail Ride
Pigtails Ride »
Ankeny, Trail Ride
Tour de Tulips »
Orange City, Road
WDM Mayor's Bike Ride & Pancake Breakfast »
West Des Moines, Trail Ride
Sun May 17 2020
Firetrucker Dan's Memorial Bridges Ride - Day 2 »
Ankeny, Trail Ride
INDY 50 »
Indianola, Gravel
Wed May 20 2020
RIDE OF SILENCE - Des Moines »
Des Moines, Safety/Education/Training
Ride Of Silence - Sergeant Bluff »
Sergeant Bluff, Road
Thu May 21 2020
Race Like a Squirrel »
Des Moines, Road
Sat May 23 2020
AssCracker 104 »
Jefferson, Tour
Eastern Iowa Recumbent Trike Ride »
Ely, Trail Ride
Pedaler's Jamboree 2020 - Ride to the Missouri State Penitentiary **POSTPONED** »
Columbia, Party Ride
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RAGBRAI XLVIII update to COVID-19 - decision on April 20th »
Grant Relief on the Way for Some Iowa Small Businesses »
Meth sending Mason City bike thief to prison »
Bock Family Foundation awards $50,580 in spring 2020 grants »
Kinship Brewing Co. coming to Waukee near RRVT trail »
SW 1st Street Pedestrian Bridge is open by Mullets in Des Moines »
Bike Country has full and part-time job openings for mechanics and retail sales »
Mountain Biking & COVID-19 from CITA »
Back on the bike: A former staff member returns to RAGBRAI, offers apology »
Memorial Day Bike Races Canceled »
Matt Curtis of Wayne’s Ski & Cycle - NIACC Pappajohn Center March Entrepreneur of the Month »
Tour de Brew QC rallies community to help medical staff in need of protective equipment »
Clearing starts at Woodward end of Let’s Connect trail project »
Heidi Brown: Iowa’s Ride 2020, Something Positive To Focus On »
Bike business is spinning without a squeak, but RAGBRAI future is uncertain »
Biking enthusiast says you can ride and still keep your social distance »
94-year-old Cedar Rapids man delivers meals, rides bike during COVID-19 epidemic »
April Fool! Virtual bikepacking is the next big thing »
Iowa state parks reduce some amenities as part of COVID-19 response »
Bike Law Kurt on how to keep pedaling. No snot rockets, k? »
Bayard Man Dies from Bike, Vehicle Collision »
Dallas County Conservation Board cancels all programming, closes buildings and restrooms »
High Trestle Trail to be featured in Sunday’s Parade Magazine »
Maintenance Closing Raccoon River Valley Trail from Adel to Redfield »
What you need to know about visiting your favorite central Iowa park or trail amid coronavirus outbreak »
Iowa’s Ride plans for a “Wonderful Ride” in Vinton »
RAGBRAI, Iowa's Ride still scheduled for July amid coronavirus fears »
RAGBRAI extends sign-up, refund deadline amid coronavirus outbreak »
Rally at Iowa Capitol Calls for Sustained Investment in State's Trail System »
Advocates seek boost in state money for trails »
Iowa's Ride Announces Pass-Through Towns »
Three-month maintenance to start on Raccoon River Valley Trail » Events and COVID-19 »
Bike Rags Apparel gives back! »
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Finding yourself with some spare time during the COVID-19 outbreak? »

As you social distance, it doesn't mean you have to be non-productive - Here are some things you can do to your bicycle during your idle time


The best bikepacking trip I've NEVER had »

Thanks to DJISuperTramp for making this entertaining and self-reality check during the covid-19 pandemic.~~~~~~~~~~~~~The best bikepacking trip I've NEVER had.In March 2020, after what felt like a lon...

What is your Respiratory Signature while cycling during Covid-19 ? »

An excerpt from the President's letter from the Potomac Pedaler's Touring Club from Falls Church VAThis was posted March 31st 2020Read the entire letter here.This is EYE-OPENING friends~~~~~~~~~~~~~A ...

Gritty Take: In Times Such As These »

By Guitar Ted at Riding GravelPosted March 15th 2020 Photo Cred: Jon DukeSourceA great read from an event promoter's mindset during the COVID-19 outbreak.~~~~Ten days ago if you had asked me if I was ...

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Fri April 17 2020 / Issue #34