Border Bike – The Official Interstate Bike Ride

IA to MN and Beyond

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A multiple bike route event on Saturday, August 24th from 7 A.M. – 7 P.M. with a choice of:

  • Two family routes (22 miles round trip, entirely on the WGWL Trail)
  • Intermediate Routes (40 miles or 50 miles, on WGWL Trail and county hard-surface roadways)
  • Advanced Route (56 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways)

Family Routes

Northern Branch Option – Out-and-Back that starts at WGWL Trailhead to Bailey Station and returns. Heavenly apples refreshments offered at Bailey Station from 2-6 P.M.

Southern Branch Option – Out-and-Back that starts at WGWL Trailhead to Lylah’s Marsh and returns. Homemade bars and lemonade offered at Lylah’s Marsh from 2-6 P.M.

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.  Refreshment establishments open during their typical Saturday hours.

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.  Refreshment establishments open during their typical Saturday hours.

$12 to ride

$22 to ride with event shirt

Event shirt available if pre-ordered by August 9th for Summer Farewell Border Bike.  Check out our Star Wars theme!

Listing of refreshment establishments and map provided a week prior to all registrants.  Many establishments providing specials to officially banded Border Bike riders, like free coffee or soda pop with a purchase of any kind, etc.

Bike on your own or in group.  Group departures from the WGWL Trailhead (110 East Main Street Riceville IA 50466) are at the quarter pass the hour from 7 A.M. until 5 P.M. Shuttle available upon request.

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.

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.

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See you on the trail!