Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley
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The Ride

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We leave on Saturday from Bettendorf, Iowa (106 miles) or from Goose Lake, Iowa (69 miles) and travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The next day we return using a different route to Bettendorf (90 miles) or to Goose Lake (46 miles). The route is varied and scenic, using lightly traveled paved roads. There are many views of the Mississippi River as we ride along it, over it on bridges, and through it on causeways. The route is hilly near Dubuque, with 6,000 feet of climbing on Saturday and 4,000 feet on Sunday

You will have top-notch support services on the tour. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club provides many rest stops on the way with free food and refreshments. Additional food is sold along the route by civic and church organizations. Upon arriving at Clarke, the legendary TOMRV banquet is waiting for you. Clarke University opens their dormitories for our overnight stay.

This is TOMRV, a tradition of good riding, good scenery, challenging hills, good food, and an overall good time. So if this is for you, then plan to ride with us this year.

On the Ride

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Ken Urban Photography
  • TOMRV provides emergency bicycle repair on the route and at Clarke University.
  • There is a free secure bike lock-up area at Clarke University with an overnight guard.
  • Massage tables are available at Clarke on Saturday afternoon for a separate charge.
  • After your Saturday ride, relax at the Clarke Beer Garden. Each year we have live music.
  • There will be a drawing for door prizes.
  • A breakfast buffet is available on Sunday morning at Clarke for a separate charge.
  • Showers are available at Goose Lake and at Bettendorf at the end of the ride.
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