Tour the Raccoon…You Can STILL GO!!

This coming weekend is Des Moines Cycle Club’s annual ride, ‘Tour the Raccoon’.  It will be our third year and we are so excited!

TTR Luggage 2009

This ride is unique in that you can start from anywhere.  You have the option to take your bags to Bike World West (who is providing our SAG support) any time during the week before the ride.  That gives you the option of getting up in the morning, hopping on your bike and head out right from your own front yard!  If you choose to bring your bags the morning of the ride, take them to Eason Elementary in Waukee and throw them on the truck and take off from there. 

The ride itself is a relatively flat, 55 mile ride from Waukee to Jefferson on the amazing Raccoon River Valley Trail.  It’s a beautiful, well maintained trail that provides an abundance of cool shade.  You’ll find all kinds of yummies in all the in between towns that will help ‘fuel’ your way to Jefferson.


Once in Jefferson you’ll be the very first to camp in the brand new campgrounds and shower in the new shower house!  Won’t you feel so special?!  Spend a little time resting at the campground and compare stories from your day with the other cyclists.

After setting up your tent and cooling off in a nice clean shower, you’ll be ready to head into town and join in on the fun at Jefferson’s famous, Bell Tower Festival!  You’ll find all kinds of food and fun.  Stay as late as you want then head back to camp and shoot the breeze with the other TTR Riders. 

TTRCampsite 2009

After waking from a refreshing nights sleep, the McFarland Clinic of Jefferson will provide (FREE of charge) a wonderful continental style breakfast for us!  We’ll fuel up our tummies then ready our bikes for our leisurely ride back to Waukee.

TTR McFarlandClinic 2009

Although it is too late to register online, we still want you to join us.  We’ll be registering riders Saturday morning from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  The weather is supposed to be great!  Grab a friend or two and come along with us!  What a perfect overnight ride to take your family on as well!  You’ll find all the details in the Rider’s Handbook on our site;

Keep the Wind to Your Backside!