on Thursday, June 30, 2016
Would you enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery and learning about local flora and fauna from the seat of your bicycle? Or perhaps you would prefer to meet historic figures from Cedar Falls' past. Or better yet, maybe you're just looking for an excuse to indulge in a sweet treat! If any one of the aforementioned activities appeals to you (or even if they don't) you need to check out Cedar Valley Pedal Fest on July 2 & 3 in downtown Cedar Falls!
Whether you crave the long-distance of the open road or prefer to meander slowly over a flat surface, you'll find something fun for every skill level during Cedar Valley Pedal Fest. There are more than 10 rides to choose from and they all begin at Gateway Park in downtown Cedar Falls. Plus, all rides are absolutely FREE! Here's a list of rides that feature stops in dowtown:
GARDEN RIDE - (Saturday July 2 at 9am)
Learn about our local community garden, discover the prairie plants at Big Woods Lake, tour the North Cedar Natural Resources Project and end your trip with a visit to the Cedar Falls Farmers Market in Overman Park!
LIBRARY RIDE - (Saturday, July 2 at 9:30am)
Ride to the Cedar Falls Public Library for a talk from Linda Betsinger McCann, author of Lost Black Hawk County. Following the talk, riders will ride the Riverside Trail loop through Hartman Reserve and the George Wyth Trail, ending at the library for refreshments!
POPCORN RIDE (Sunday, July 3 at 11am)
Experience growing and seeing popcorn production with local popcorn grower, Jim Fitkin, as you ride through the popcorn fields on his farm. Don't forget to pop over to Here's What's Poppin after the ride for a tasty treat!
There are lots of other great rides throughout the weekend too, including a guided ride to the fireworks in Waterloo! The full schedule of rides is as follows:
SATURDAY JULY 2 SUNDAY JULY 3
Bike Rodeo: 8-9:30am Denver Ride: 8:30amBridge-2-Bridge Ride: 8:30am Popcorn Ride: 11amGarden Ride: 9am Queen to Queen Ride: 1pmLibrary Ride: 9:30am Dirt Rides: NoonDirt Rides: Noon Mayor's Bridge Ride: 2pmPanther Pedal: 1pmCemetary Ride: 7pmFireworks Festival: 10pm
And remember, these rides are absolutely FREE! Registration begins at 8am on Saturday July 2. For more information, please visit www.cedarfallstourism.org/pedalfest.