The Vibe: After a lonely cycling season, let's get together for a harvest of fresh air and camaraderie. Bring your best pals along. Our first annual fall ride will be a laid-back, all-inclusive tour, with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages included, nightly entertainment, bonfires and marshmallows, a few surprises, and a lot of laughs packed into three days.
The Venue: Carsten's Farm is an 1880s farmstead preserved to celebrate Iowa's farm history. The shady site is about 25 miles from Omaha, high on a breezy hill, just 1.5 miles from I-80. The non-profit board of farmers is excited to partner with Pork Belly Ventures, and they are accustomed to welcoming crowds for their own event, Farm Days, where old tractors and threshing machines and even a sawmill are on display or used for demonstration. Old quilts, weaving, canning--everything about early farm life is celebrated at Farm Days--and we're hoping that you can learn a little of that history during your time with us at the farm.
The Cycling: We're keeping our promise of nothing over 40 miles, but you can double that if you want to. This is a clover-leaf ride, with home base at Carsten's Farm and a different cycling loop on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day, we'll offer a gravel loop under 40 miles and a paved-road loop under 40 miles. These routes will intersect at your refreshment stop. If you're feeling ambitious, ride both routes, one after the other for something close to 80 miles. Heck, bring two bikes if you like--one for paved roads and one for gravel.
- You can bring your tent or rent ours--and you can park your vehicle near your tent.
- We will offer PHAT rooms at a sweet price.
- Bring an RV if you like--we'll have electrical hook ups for the first sixteen RVs, but plenty of space for more.
- Non-riders are welcome--you'll have your car and you can drive out to the refreshment stop to check on your cycling friends.
- If there's a demand for an Omaha airport shuttle before and after, we'll make that happen.
Registration: We're working hard on the plan, the website, the menus, the bike routes, some special guests, and some great musicians on stage. We're also paying attention to the world we live in, with hope that mid-September is a safe time to host a ride in our part of Iowa. For now, friends, save the date, and we hope to invite you to sign up in mid- to late June.