Border Bike – The Official Interstate Bike Ride

IA to MN and Beyond

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A multiple bike route event with a choice of:

–       Two family routes (22 miles round trip, entirely on the WGWL Trail, an out-n-back)

–       Intermediate Routes (40 miles or 50 miles, on WGWL Trail and county hard-surface roadways, an out-n-back)

–       Advanced Route (56 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways, a loop)

Riding as a group is prohibited, UNLESS you are riding in your familial or daily contact pod.  Physical distancing of 6+ feet is required for all non-related or non-daily contact individuals in compliance with COVID-19 precautions.  The highest level of safety precautions for the municipalities and districts the ride goes through should be followed. This includes Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-81 requiring face coverings in certain settings.

Family Routes

WGWL Northern Branch Option – Out-and-Back that starts at WGWL Trailhead to Bailey Station or IA/MN state line and returns.

WGWL Southern Branch Option – Out-and-Back that starts at WGWL Trailhead to Lylah’s Marsh or Elma and returns.

Intermediate Routes

An Iowa/Minnesota Route Out-and-Back that starts at WGWL Trailhead to either LeRoy or Adams, Minnesota.  A combination of WGWL Trail and public roadway.

Skilled Route

An Iowa/Minnesota Loop Route that starts and ends at WGWL Trailhead, goes to Minnesota and on the Shooting Star Trail then returns – a combination of WGWL Trail, public roadway and Shooting Star Trail.

$12 to ride

$15  same day registration

Event shirts for $10 will be available on the day of the event in various sizes.  No guaranteed availability.

This is a self-supported event in regards to hydration and support vehicle.  Stand-alone toilets are available along the route at city parks and points-of-interest along the WGWL Trail.  Listing of refreshment establishments (restaurants) and a map will be provided at registration on event day to all Border Bike registrants.  Many establishments providing specials to officially banded Border Bike riders, like free coffee or soda pop with a purchase of any kind, etc.

Proceeds support the existence of the Wapsi-Great Western Line – a linear park preserving the past for the future, giving active people a safe place to run, hike and bike.

*The WGWL Trail reserves the right to cancel the event due to situational status of the COVID Pandemic.  Riders take the responsibility for personal safety, including any infectious exposure.  If canceled, online registrants will receive a full refund, minus the online service fee and taxes.

Experience a biking environment that includes the following scenic views:

Nine plus miles of former rail road bed traveling through the towns of Riceville and McIntire, plus a peek at what was formerly the villages of Acme and Bailey, then miles of winding trail that twice crosses the Wapsipinicon River plus an 800 foot boardwalk that hovers over the flood plain that borders the river. You may include an optional side trail that runs through the park next to Lake Hendricks.

You will travel next to Mennonite and Amish farms with a view of pasture paddocks grazed by a variety of dairy breeds, different breeds of draft horses and right past one of the many Mennonite greenhouses that supply buyers of flowers, fruit and vegetable products.

Intermediate riders and above will cross the border from Iowa into Minnesota where you have pleasant views of lady slipper flowers, Lake Louise State Park and the Upper Iowa River and along the Shooting Star Trail.

Check-in and Same Day Registration at WGWL Trailhead at 110 Main Street (Hwy #9) in Riceville.

Register online at

See you on the trail!