When does the ride start?

This is NOT a mass start ride. You can start between 7 am and 10 am on Saturday morning.

When is packet pickup?

Thursday, June 15
3 PM – 7 PM
Kinship Brewing Company
255 NW Sunrise Dr, Waukee, IA 50263

Friday, June 16
5 pm – 8 pm
Kinship Brewing Company
255 NW Sunrise Dr, Waukee, IA 50263

Saturday, June 17
7 am – 9 am
Kinship Brewing Company
255 NW Sunrise Dr, Waukee, IA 50263

How do I get the food and things with the ride?

Wristbands will be for proof of registration.  Each wristband has tear-off tabs for food and photos.

Are there water and bathrooms along the route?

Yes, there are free water stations in Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson, Jamaica, Yale, Panora, Redfield, Adel, and Waukee.  There is not water in Linden or Herndon, so plan accordingly.  We have portapottties in each town along the way.  

Who gets a t-shirt?

All riders that register by June 1st get a commemorative BACooN RIDE presented by Veridian Credit Union t-shirt.

Who gets a slap koozie?

All riders that register by June 1 get a commemorative BACooN RIDE presented by Veridian Credit Union slap koozie.

How long is this ride?

The distance is 72 miles.

Do I need to follow the route?

For safety, we want all riders to ride the trail in a counter-clockwise direction.  Please be on the lookout for riders going against the flow of traffic, the trails will remain open to the public on the day of the event.

Can I ride a shorter route?

This trail is a loop. There is no shortcut to ride less mileage. If you want to ride a shorter route, you need to make plans for pickup from one of the towns.

Can kids under 18 ride?

Yes, with a parent or guardian. Be aware this is a large crowd. This ride might not be for an inexperienced child.

Do I have to register two people if riding a tandem?


Are e-bikes welcome?

Yes, however, there are limited places to charge, so bring a full battery.

Is there camping?

Yes! Camping in Waukee’s Centennial Park (opens at 5 pm Friday thru Sunday morning)  Tent camping or RV/Bus camping is free for registered riders.  There are no electric or water hookups.  You can leave your tent in the park while you ride.  There is no security for camping.

Is there a host hotel?

See our camping page.

Where can I park?

Waukee Northwest High School in Waukee has plenty of parking.

Will this ride happen rain or shine?

Yes, come prepared.  In the event of dangerous weather, take shelter.  Otherwise, there is no rain date for this event.

Will there be SAG service if I break down or can’t make the full ride?

We will have SAG service free of charge to registered (wristband) riders who are broken down mechanically or physically. SAG will stop at designated areas near the food stop and bike shop in towns at the time of service closure. Please remember SAG is not “on-call” service. Riders with non-traditional bike frames (tandems and trike recumbents) may need to consider alternate plans for bike transport. You cannot call the number to request a ride. When the SAG is full, they will return to the start in Waukee. SAG cannot pick up riders on the trail. If you have an emergency, call 911. If you have problems that we can help with, call 515.309.2867.

SAG Service Times:
10:45 – 11:00 AM in Dallas Center
11:45 – 12:00 AM in Minburn
1:45 – 2:00 PM in Perry (if full, SAG will return to Waukee)
3:15 – 3:30 PM in Jamaica
4:15 – 5:00 PM in Panora
5:15 – 5:30 PM in Redfield
5:45 – 6 PM in Adel (return to Waukee)

SAG vehicles cannot operate on the trail.  Two smaller vehicles with bike racks will be available as mini SAGs to retrieve participants that have mechanical issues along the trail.  In such a case, those riders must be picked up at an intersection and not on the trail itself. A disabled bicycle and the rider will be taken to the next town with a bike shop for repair or for SAG.  Riders can contact 515-309-2867 to connect with the mini SAG driver.

Can the SAG transport recumbent trikes or other nondouble diamond frame bikes?

Maybe, but not likely.  We can transport the rider and they can return to the bike to pick it up.  We suggest bringing a lock of that is your situation.  

What are the COVID recommendations?

We follow the CDC and IDPH Recommendations listed below:
1. Vendors are encouraged to follow CDC guidance related to Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities, including frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all high-touch surfaces.
2. The ride encourages and provides supplies to allow for frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing for employees and the public.
3. The ride reminds employees and members of the public to stay at least 6 feet away from others.
4. Please do not attend if you currently have symptoms or have been around anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days.
5. If an employee or a member of the public becomes ill while at the facility, ask them to share that information with management, leave the facility, and then call their health care provider. If it is an emergency, call 911 and let them know the emergency may be COVID-19 related.
6. Participants, volunteers, and employees should consider the use of cloth face coverings (when practical) if staying at least 6 feet away from others is not possible.