Submitted by: Doug Truesdell
MANY THANKS to all of you for making TOMRV a great ride, our 40th year! Saturday was a hot day but a tailwind pushed riders in early. Sunday was similar but headwinds made for a tough ride. Riders reported a challenging trip back.

The rider count was 1,086 - first year riders were 30% of the total, 23% of riders were women, and 66% of our riders started at Scott. Thanks to you returning riders for telling your friends and bike clubs about our ride.

I know of one injury when a rider went down in a road crack. Overall the bike tour was safe this year.

Have a great riding summer. For those of you going on RAGBRAI have a fun week. For your other endurance events this year - good fortune. And of course have a great summer biking with your family, friends and bike clubs.

Doug Truesdell
TOMRV Coordinator
Submitted by: Jim Hudson
HB1784 unanimously passed both houses on Monday, May 29th and is now headed to Governor RaunerŐs office! Thank you to all of our members and supporters that spoke up and asked their state legislators to pass the bicycle traffic safety bill. We need your help for this final push to ask Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law.

HB1784 will strengthen cyclists' rights on the road by:
  • Allowing motorists to pass bicyclists in a no-passing zone under certain conditions to improve cyclist safety
  • Legalize bicycling on shoulders, but not require it
  • Allow a rear red light instead of or in addition to a rear red reflector
Submitted by: Don Luth
This year's spring tailwind had a new route starting from Dyersville, Iowa. Once in Dyersville, we got the trucks unloaded and all the riders on their way by 10:00am. We had 86 riders sign up and 80 rode. The wind was NNE at 12-14mph at the start and turning to straight north as the ride went on. The day was sunny with temps around 60-degrees. The route was a little hilly at the start so the lunch stop in Lost Nation midway in to the ride was a welcome break.

There is no way we could put on such a unique ride without a lot of support. Thanks to Kevin Smith for checking everyone in, Janette Harrington for getting the all the food and supplies for the SAG as well as organizing it, John Harrington and Melinda Thompson for helping to setup the SAG, and Becky Luth and Braden Schlough for manning the SAG while the riders came through. Thanks to Joe Jamison for providing the storage trailer again and a big thanks to Dave Thompson for designing and marking the route.

Please join us for our next fun Fall Tailwind on Saturday, October 7th.