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The FishHeads to Play BACooN RIDE’s Friday Night Pre-Party in Waukee!


The Fishheads are the Official Band Of Summer!  With a mix of Island, Rock, Funk & Reggae all wrapped up in a crazy spontaneous atmosphere (You never know what’s going to happen next!) and 22 years of experience, The Fishheads are the Ultimate Island Party Band!!!  What a way to start the BACooN Weekend!

Here is some video of the FishHeads in action

Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 182 from Ankeny for Helping to Keep BACooN Riders Safe

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A BIG THANKS to Boy Scout Troop 182 from Ankeny for helping to keep BACooN Riders safe along the Raccoon River Valley Trail!  There are approximately 50 crossings where the trail crosses a roadway during the ride.  There will be law enforcement assisting riders at the high traffic intersections and the scouts will assist at the lower traffic, mainly gravel road crossings.  A scout and an adult will be at each of these crossings.  You will see them in their bright orange BACooN PATROL t-shirts.  Some of these scouts at the more remote crossings will be selling water and Gatorade as a fundraiser to help pay for camp and other scout needs.  They will sell water for $1.00 and Gatorade for $2.00.

The BACooN RIDE organizers will also make a donation to Boy Scout Troop 182 from helping make the ride safe!  THANKS AGAIN!



BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Minburn

CrossingsMinburnWhole Foods Market is joining the BACooN RIDE as a sponsor this year.  They will be setting up a sampling station in Minburn in front of The Nineteen14, the Depot in Minburn.  This will be one of the last BACON STOPS of the day.  Expect to find some of the BACON goodness that you can get off the shelves at the West Des Moines Whole Foods Market.  Find the Whole Foods Market Sampling Station outside of the Depot in Minburn.  Mudders will also be open in Minburn.






BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Dawson


[ALERT: AWARD-WINNING BACON!] The Des Moines Bacon & Meat Company welcomes you to Dawson (mile 46). Feel free to give your legs a rest, sample their award-winning craft bacon (bacon judges say it’s the best) and hit up Farmer Bob for an ice cold refreshment.  If your well-greased engine needs a little more fire power, try the Whiskey BBQ Glazed Bacon on stick or grab a tasty Pulled Pork Slider (cheer “OHHHH, BACON!” and they’ll put a few slices on top). There will be some great tunes kickin’ by DJ Geno Romeo with team Body by Bergman….so, come to get your BACooN on & stick around for a bit and take in the Dawson vibe.


BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Redfield

REDFIELD,  is the second stop on the BACooN RIDE TR3S!

When you roll into town, if you haven’t gotten your breakfast on, please stop by our Redfield American Legion Post and enjoy an all you can eat breakfast for $7.  This is only open from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. so get there early!

Your Passport stop again will be at our Redfield Locker. Don and his crew will be serving up Jalapeno Bacon for all bacon lovers to enjoy.  They are also hosting live music by Gravel Travel, playing as long as we have people wanting to listen. As always come see and get your picture taken with BACooN, located at the entrance to the locker! Beside the locker, you should be sure to visit the local 4-H group, they are selling 50/50 burgers…that is ½ burger, and ½ bacon.


While listening to the energizing music, head on over to Redfield’s newest business, Harvey’s Diner & Pub. They will be celebrating their first weekend opening, and will be serving cold refreshment to our favorite bacon biker guests.  They will be hosting a build your own Bloody Bacon Mary Bar, and also Bloody Bacon Maria for $5.  Aluminum canned beer will be $3 each! While in the beer garden,the Redfield Development Corportation will be serving up a Peanut Butter & Jalapeno wrapped in bacon snack. This is a bacon delicacy you won’t want to miss!

Around the corner from the Redfield Locker & Harvey’s, don’t forget to check out Off Side Pizza & Pub, they will be serving cold drinks, and provide an air conditioned bar to cool off in.  They will also be hosting a beer garden in the front of their building.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, we have the After Prom Committee selling your favorite chocolate covered bacon!

Redfield is excited to see new bacon bikers, and returning bacon lover bikers, see ya Saturday!


BACooN RIDE TR3S Packet Pick-Up Locations and Times



This year packet pick-up has been extended to include a downtown packet pick-up on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the regular packet pick-up at the event site in Waukee.

You will need to bring your printed receipted or be prepared to show receipt on your mobile device.

Wednesday, June 15 & Thursday, June 16
12 noon – 6pm
Downtown – Des Moines Register
Capital Square Atrium (400 Locust)


Friday, June 17
5pm – 8pm
Centennial Park (in the beverage garden)

Saturday, June 18
6am – 9am
Centennial Park (at the ride start)


BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Adel

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Join the Rendezvous Lounge located on Main Street (between 9th and 10th Street) in historic Adel for Maple BACON Donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts all washed down with Bloody Mary’s or Screw Drivers.

The Adel Boy Scouts Troop 152 will be serving the donuts along with bananas and Gatorade all for a free will donation.  The Boy Scouts will use these funds for summer camping adventures.


Riders hang out Saturday, June 28, 2014, during the Bacoon Ride in Adel.

BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Linden

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Get ready to Bacoon out in Linden like never before! It’s so much more than just a nice lean to this year.  The Iowa Beer Bus will have a vast selection of the best craft beers.  Berkwood Farms bacon tasting. Swell vodka will be there, giving you the chance to learn about and taste this premium Iowa product.  And what do we do with vodka? We mix it! Red Bull will be on site to power you through the rest of the ride! Wild Heer bloody mary mix (a brand new Iowa made product!) will be there for your morning pleasure. (Who doesn’t love a bloody with a bacon strip stirrer?), Moscow mules on tap from the bus (bring your copper!), The incomparable James Biehn providing entertainment from 1030 – 1, and Peace Tree root beer floats!

You want a RAGBRAI training ride? We got that, right here in Linden.

BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Dallas Center

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Bikers! Dallas Center welcomes you! As you enter town from the north you will find the future spot of Biker’s Haven on the right. On the left will be a local family cooking just for you!  Downtown in the business district, we have your bacon sundae treat at KORNER KONE.

The LONGEST YARD, know for excellent entertainment, has a treat for you! PIG RACES! (How fitting, right?!!) DRINK SPECIALS and TALLBOYS are cold and ready for too!  Plan on spending at least a few hours of your afternoon in Dallas Center! We love bikers!

Here is what Dallas Center has to offer at the Longest Yard: