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The Cedar Valley Cyclists, Cedar Trails Partnership, Cedar Valley Association of Soft Trails (CVAST) and the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau invite you to attend the 2nd annual Cedar Valley Pedal Fest on July 1st and 2nd, 2017
 

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest in Cedar Falls, Iowa is July 2-3....family fun and lots of rides to choose from!                                                                                                           

We'll let you know how things evolve for 2017. In the meantime, here are the rides that took place in 2016:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bike Rodeo 8:00am - 9:30am
Young cyclists are encouraged to sharpen their safe cycling skills by riding our course and learning how to handle potentially dangerous situations while riding. Bicycles will be inspected by professionals from the Waterloo Bicycle Works piror to participation. 
 

Bridge-2-Bridge Ride 8:30am
Celebrate the completion of the two trail bridges destroyed in the Great Flood of 2008 over the Cedar River. Enjoy the diverse beauty that surrounds the trail including parks, woodlands, lakes, the Cedar River, and parts of downtown Cedar Falls. 
Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective volunteers will act as "sweepers" for this ride and provide a water station at the GilbertvilleDepot.

SHORT RIDE: 35 MILES—Gateway to Evansdale on the Cedar Lakes Trail, to Gilbertville on Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and return on the same paved trails. This ride is suitable for children.
LONG RIDE: 65 MILES—Gateway to Evansdale on the Cedar Lakes Trail, to Gilbertville on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, paved county roads to La Porte City, and the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to McFarlane Bridge. Return on the trail to La Porte City, take paved county roads to Dunkerton and return to Cedar Falls. Support services end at 2:00pm. Penny Gerholdt will lead. This ride is not recommenced for children.  
 

Garden Ride 9:00am
Take a tour and learn about our local community garden in Cedar Falls. Then, bike to the Big Woods Lake trails and learn about some of the prairie plants growing there. We'll also stop and tour the North Cedar Natural Resources Project. If time allows, we will visit a local garden in North Cedar before continuing through Black Hawk Park, Island Park and ending at Overman Park to visit the Cedar Falls Farmer's Market.


Library Ride 9:30am
The library ride will start at 9:30am at Gateway Park. From there, it proceeds to the Cedar Falls Public Library for a talk from Linda Betsinger McCann, author of Lost Black Hawk County, at 10:00am. After the talk, riders will ride the loop of the Riverside Trail, through Hartman Reserve and the George Wyth, back to downtown Cedar Falls. We will finish up at the Cedar Falls Library with refreshments.


Dirt Rides Noon*
Introductory ride for kids and parents on riding the dirt trails and taking in the wonders of nature. Approximately two or more miles, depending on the riders. NO road bikes please.
Dirt Rides 2pm*
More advanced ride on the dirt trails of 10 or more miles, depending on experience of riders, and using multiple trail systems.
*No rider will be left behind during both the morning and afternoon rides. There will be leaders and "sweepers" on each ride to help with break downs and to ensure everyone returns.
HELMETS ARE MANDATORY FOR THIS RIDE.


Panther Pedal 1:00pm
If you've never been on UNI's campus, don't miss this family-friendly opportunity to see this Cedar Valley gem. You will get to see historic buildings, hear about campus urban legends and learn about new construction projects. If you're an alum of the University of Northern Iowa or have a Panther connection, join us for a pedal down memory lane. Wear your purple and gold! Go Panthers! 


Cemetery Ride 7:00pm
Learn about historic Cedar Falls while on your bike! You will meet characters on the way! This is a three-mile ride from Gateway Park to Greenwood Cemetery and back. There will be three stops featuring historic residents: Solomon Humbert, Phebe Overman, and Rev Bernard W. Coyle at their gravesites telling a short story about their lives. Join those riding on to Electric Park in Waterloo (about 10 miles round trip) to enjoy the bands, food, and fireworks of the Cedar Valley Fireworks Festival. Front and rear lights and helmets are required for the night ride.


Fireworks Festival 4:00pm–11:00pm
While you are here for the Pedal Fest, ride your bike to the National Cattle Congress Grounds to attend the Cedar Valley Jaycees' Fireworks Festival! Bike racks are provided and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Live music by Lotus and Wildcard as well as the fireworks show are FREE!  


Cedar Valley Pedal Fest 2016 | July 2-3 | Join the fun!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Denver Ride 8:30am
Enjoy the scenery and good paved roads of northeastern Black Hawk County for either of two rides that will expose riders to the rural landscape and farm fields that make this area so beautiful and productive. Since both rides are primarily on paved roads, children need to be experienced riders.
SHORT RIDE: 30 MILES—Gateway to Denver and return via Janesville. Roger White will lead.
LONG RIDE: 65 MILES—Gateway to Denver, Dunkerton, Readlyn, Denver, and Janesville. Support services end at 2:00pm. Craig Merrifield will lead.


Popcorn Ride 11:00am
Join fellow cyclists as you learn about and taste the beauty of popcorn. Children and adults are encouraged to attend and experience the world of growing, and even tasting, popcorn. Jim Fitkin, popcorn grower and owner of FIT-POP, will take riders by the popcorn fields and onto his farm to experience growing and seeing popcorn production.


Queen to Queen Ride 1:00pm
Does your mouth water for ice cream and cycling? Join us for a ride from the Cedar Falls 4 Queens Dairy Cream to the Evansdale Four Queens Dairy Cream. Experience wooded areas, pass by the Waterloo Boat House, ride the Cedar Valley Trails system and take a tour of Angels Park along the way. This ride is approximately 20 miles round trip. This ride contains trails and road riding.
The first 50 people to sign up will receive a free ice cream cone coupon!


Dirt Rides Noon*
Introductory ride for kids and parents on riding the dirt trails and taking in the wonders of nature. Approximately two or more miles, depending on the riders. NO road bikes please.
Dirt Rides 2pm*
More advanced ride on the dirt trails of 10 or more miles, depending on experience of riders, and using multiple trail systems.
*No rider will be left behind during both the morning and afternoon rides. There will be leaders and "sweepers" on each ride to help with break downs and to ensure everyone returns.
HELMETS ARE MANDATORY FOR THIS RIDE.


Mayors’ Bridge Ride 2:00pm 
Join former Cedar Falls mayor, Jon Crews, and other Cedar Valley officials as they lead a ride on the scenic Cedar Valley Trails system. Head down the new Jon Crews Bikeway, over the Mayors Bridge and beyond. It will be a ride full of fun and offers an opportunity to ride with the leaders of our cities. This family-friendly ride is approximately 8–10 miles long.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2nd annual Cedar Valley Pedal Fest will be held July 1 and 2, 2017!


Joining a Ride was Easy 

ALL rides started at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. There was no cost to participate and registration opened at 8:00 am on Saturday, July 2 and on Sunday, July 3. 

Our Facebook event page also included updates about the rides. If you have questions about the Cedar Valley Pedal Fest, you're welcome to Contact Us

And, we'd like to THANK our generous sponsors!
 

4 Queens Dairy Cream, Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa Bike Tech, Cedar Falls, Iowa Blue Zones Project of the Cedar Valley
Europa Cycle And Ski, Cedar Falls, Iowa Waterloo Bicycle Works, Waterloo, Iowa Covenant Clinic Wheaton Franciscan, Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa City of Cedar Falls, Iowa cedar Trails Partnership, Black Hawk County, Iowa



Fun rides for the entire family at Cedar Valley Pedal Fest 2016 | July2-3 in Cedar Falls