Perry’s Bike Ride to Rippey celebrates 45 years of Iowa winter cycling

Perry’s Bike Ride to Rippey celebrates 45 years of Iowa winter cycling

The annual bike ride to Rippey returns Saturday, February 5th.

“This is our 45th annual bike ride to Rippey,” Perry Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynsi Pasutti said of the 24-mile winter ride. “Last year we did not have a group start at 10; who returns; that’s what we’re planning – to get back to normal. “

Last year’s trip saw changes made due to COVID-19, including not having a mass launch and sending out all the registration packages. Pasutti said sending out the packages prior to the trip worked so well last year that they are continuing the exercise for this year’s trip.

This year’s T-shirts have arrived and Pasutti said volunteers have been working to get them folded and filled in packages. The first packages will be sent out next week to those who have signed up before January 1st.

Online pre-registration is open through January 23rd on Eventbrite to allow time for packages to be shipped. The Perry Chamber will have a booth at the Iowa Bike Expo on January 29, where Pasutti said they typically pick up some extra registrations. Registration day will also be available at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.

Registration packages include a T-shirt, a memory stick for the first 300 registrants and additional discounts for businesses in the area. Pasutti said bracelets have been added as an added benefit of registration. The bracelets, which can be picked up separately when riders check in, will include five tear-off tabs that can be redeemed for free drinks and discounts from tour sponsors: Hotel Pattee, Perry Hy-Vee, Thirsty Pigs, Tin Pig Tavern and the Proletariat.

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