Gran Fondo Cedar Valley and FondoFest 2016
on Monday, August 1, 2016
Iowa is a hotspot for biking enthusiasts. With more than 1,800 miles of biking trails, biking is a pretty great way to explore our state, especially when it comes to Cedar Falls. The award-winning Cedar Valley Trails system invites riders to bike more than 110 miles of trails along the river, through the woods and even to our vibrant downtown! The trails also play host to numerous biking events for all ages and skill levels throughout the year.
Last year, Community Main Street, the Iowa Bike Coalition and the Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau partnered to bring the first ever gran fondo bicycle endurance event to the Cedar Valley. The Gran Fondo Cedar Valley has established a place on the annual downtown event calendar and will be returning this year on August 20th!
Registration for this year’s ride is currently available on the Gran Fondo Cedar Valley website. Whether you’re riding for beer, for food or for fun, we’ve got you covered. Your choice of a 100-mile or 60-mile route will take you throughout the Cedar Valley with regular rest stops set up in towns along the way. Registered riders get a swag bag full of awesome goodies, a food voucher, and an optional jersey. They are also eligible to enter to win a drawing for gift certificates to Scheels and downtown Cedar Falls. Riders completing the 100-mile route will receive a gold medal as well!
Following the ride, Community Main Street will once again be shutting down Main Street to host a full-scale FondoFest street festival, presented by Collins Community Credit Union and SingleSpeed Brewing! The fun starts earlier this year with a Fittest of the FondoFest CrossFit Competition hosted by The Gym CrossFit Kilo. Four person teams will be competing from 9am-1pm on Main Street. Those interested in registering for the competition should click here.
The beer garden and live music starts earlier too! Stop by the intersection of 2nd and Main to enjoy SingleSpeed Brewing brews on the tapper trailer starting at noon. Live music kicks off at 2:30pm with Six Feet, followed by Checker and the Bluetones at 6pm.
There will be lots of great activities for the kiddos again this year as well! Bring them downtown from 4-7pm to enjoy balloon animals, face painting and Strider bike obstacles, free of charge! Inflatables will also be available to enjoy for a small fee. PLUS, register to win one of two Strider Bikes courtesy of Scheels and Strider Bikes!
You can also ride your bike to the festivities and park it for free with Bike Tech’s free bicycle valet parking, available all day! Local eats from downtown restaurants will also be available for purchase.
For more information on this year’s Gran Fondo Cedar Valley and FondoFest, please visit the Community Main Street website.
Want more ideas of places to visit, shop or dine while in Cedar Falls? Browse our website or give us a call at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We can be reached at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955). Or, stop by the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road. We’re open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday, noon until 4 pm.
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Guest blog post by Emily Yaddof of Community Main Street, Cedar Falls.
All photos are courtesy Cedar Falls Community Main Street.