The Bicyclists of Iowa City was founded in 1976. since we began as a small group of passionate individuals, the club has since grown to over 300 members from the Iowa City area. Primarily located in Johnson County, Iowa, with a 2007 estimated population of 125,692, the club has become locally and regionally known and recognized by cyclists and members of the community as a prime source for cycling advocacy.
We plan monthly meetings year round, all which are open to the public. Our Executive Board meetings are usually planned on the 3rd Tuesday of every month while our General Meetings usually happen late in the month. Executive Board Meetings usually include club business pertaining to current topics of interests, issues, events, etc. The General Meetings usually include more advocacy items, or general entertainment presentations which may include picture slideshows, RAGBRAI information, education, etc. Check our the latest edition of our newsletter to obtain the information on our next club meeting or check out our online calendar on our website.
Saturday and Sunday rides are planned year round (weather permitting), and range in distance from 20 to 100 miles.
Saturday rides focus more on the general group enjoyment of the ride. These are casual rides where we stop to regroup at certain points along the route in order to refresh ourselves. Typically these rides include a stop at a dining establishment before the group ventures back, or this may be planned as a choice at the end.
Most rides are slow to mid-paced, but you should check the ride classification provided to get a better idea of what to expect. Ride leaders will look after the slowest rider so that no one is left behind and the group will typically stick close enough together to be seen.
Sunday rides are a bit more focused on the miles and training aspect of cycling. If you are training for RAGBRAI and other long mileage events, and are more focused on mileage than conversation, these rides may be for you. Breaks are less frequent and the ride leader decides if he or she will look after you. When in doubt, please contact the ride leader. You don't need to be a faster rider to ride one of these rides, but you should be prepared to complete the mileage selected for that day.
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BIC also has a series of urban rides which are are scheduled in distances of 5-20 miles and for those who ride less than ten miles per hour. They are perfect for the beginning or new rider who wants to increase his or her cycling skills or just hang out with a great group of people. All riders stay together as a group. Typically all rides include ice cream or a quick snack at the end.