Before Sturgis Falls gets rolling for the day, I will be among many cyclists squeezing in a bike ride on Saturday morning, June 23.
This is the 27th annual Tour de Sturgis Falls ride.
I live in Iowa City and have visited Cedar Falls a few times a year for the past several years, but this is my first experience with the Sturgis Falls festival.
I am in town helping Cedar Falls Patch editor Alison Gowans give away prizes at a Patch booth at Gateway Park. Stop by and say 'hi.' It's been a great way to learn about Cedar Falls.
When I heard about the Tour de Sturgis Falls ride I packed my bike. I cycle around Iowa City, and ride RAGBRAI every year, but have never biked around Cedar Falls before, and I am in severe need of training miles.
Tour de Sturgis Falls will leave from the south side of Big Woods Lake on Big Woods Road at the end of Main Street.
There are 25 and 50 mile loop options.
Registration is $5. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Prizes will be drawn at 8:15 a.m. and the ride begins at 8:30 a.m. An organizer said about 200 riders are expected.
I will have some free T-shirts and water bottles to give away, and there will be some other prizes as well.
Parking is also available on the north side of the lake.
Map, water, snacks and mobile repair service will be provided. For more information on the ride or for membership information visit the Cedar Valley Cyclists website at www.cedarvalleycyclists.org.