TOMRV is the Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley, a Midwest cycling tradition since 1978. Every year approximately 1,000 bicycling enthusiasts come to ride the TOMRV tour. They enjoy a well supported, challenging ride on scenic roads, through Midwest farmland, and along the Mississippi River.
We invite you to look into our tour whether you are an experienced tour rider or just getting started. You will find a great weekend cycling experience with riders from across the Midwest. If you belong to a cycling club anywhere in the Midwest, then probably you have friends riding with us.
New features, updates, and changes for 2020:
1. Registration will be through the QCBC rather than GetMeRegistered. Use the blue button above or go to qcbc.org/tomrv to register.
2. Many area hotels, including those in LeClaire Iowa are offering special rates for Friday June 12 and Sunday, June 14. Registration for these is on your own. Please see list of hotels on this website, under TOMRV Lodging.
3. The Menomonie area rest stop will be different this year. We will stop at the Sinsinawa Mound Center. This college setting will provide riders with shade and the center's signature cinnamon rolls and bread baked at their bakery. This should provide a nice spot to rest and get ready for the finish of Saturday's ride.
4. In past years, Clarke University has provided access to air-conditioned suites for Saturday night. They will be using the suites for their summer students, so these will not be available to riders for 2020.
We leave on Saturday from Bettendorf, Iowa (106 miles) or from Goose Lake, Iowa (76 miles) and travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The next day we return using a different route to Bettendorf (88 miles) or to Goose Lake (51 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. On day one: for the 106 mile route there is 4400+ feet of climbing and the 76 mile route has 3400+ feet of climbing. Both routes travel through three states: Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, crisscrossing the Mississippi river. On day two, slightly less miles and climbing. 88 miles and 51 miles, 3900 and 2700 feet of climbing respectively. The second day is entirely on rural roads in the beautiful state of Iowa!
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.
We provide emergency bicycle repair vehicles on the route and at Clarke University. Bike support information can be found in your ride packet and at rest stops along the route.
Note: There is no sag service for those who have trouble on the road.
Riders need to ensure that a back-up plan is in place with friends, etc. in the case of an incident that does not allow the ride to be completed.
- 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.
- 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.