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  • June 02, 2020 9:18 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    The HBA Board voted to suspend organized club rides through July due to the lingering Co-Vid virus outbreak.

  • May 11, 2020 9:55 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    With sadness we regret to inform you that Baoli Yang, one of our HBA members, friend and club president has had a serious bicycle accident on Saturday, May 9.

    Baoli is recovering at U of I Hospital after spinal cord surgery. We are all hoping for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep Baoli and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

    HBA Board

  • April 23, 2020 2:19 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)


    RAGBRAI® XLVIII postponed to July 25-31, 2021 due to COVID-19

    Des Moines, Iowa April 20, 2020 – RAGBRAI XLVIII postponed to July 25-31, 2021 due to COVID-19.

    As we’ve watched the impact COVID-19 is having on the world, we’ve continued to plan and adjust our timelines, hold key conversations with our trusted partners, and determine the best course of action for all parties involved.

    After deep consideration and collaboration with the eight overnight town executive committees, government agencies, the public health department, and official business partners of RAGBRAI, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone RAGBRAI XLVIII to 2021.

    “The safety of our riders has always been the most important focus for our RAGBRAI team and we feel the decision to postpone to 2021 is the right one,” said Dieter Drake, ride director. “We strongly feel that this is in everyone’s best interest.”

    RAGBRAI takes months of planning and preparation. Based on the extreme disruption COVID-19 has had and will have on the planning, we didn’t feel it was responsible to move forward and put the safety of our riders, crew, communities, or residents of Iowa at risk.

    “While we wish we were biking across Iowa this July, our resolve is to make 2021 even better and we look forward to lifting up these communities when it is safe,” Drake said.

    The RAGBRAI XLVIII route will remain the same for 2021. The towns along the route have already put a substantial amount of work and resource into planning and will have the opportunity to showcase their communities in 2021. The full route with meeting and pass-through towns will be announced later.

    Refund options for registered riders.

    All riders who have registered and paid for 2020, will have three options.

    Transfer their 2020 registration to the 2021 ride. Any rider who chooses this option is not subject to the lottery and will receive their wristband and bike band in 2021. In addition, they will receive a $15 merchandise voucher good through Dec. 31, 2020.

    Request a full refund of their 2020 registration.

    Donate their registration to Iowa Bicycle Coalition. The non-profit works 365-days a year to advocate, educate, and enhance bicycle laws and safety in the state. Their work goes a long way in making Iowa safe and fun for cyclists.

    All riders will be required to fill out a request form by June 01, 2020 to be eligible for the full refund. Riders who do not fill out a form by June 01, 2020 will automatically be transferred to the 2021 ride.

    Registered riders can access the form and more information at: ragbrai.com/registration.

    For a detailed FAQ, please visit ragbrai.com/about/faqs


    RAGBRAI is planning summer and fall activities including a weekend ride this fall. More details will be released this spring

  • March 31, 2020 9:09 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    As you may know that as of Monday (today), Linn County had the most confirmed coronavirus cases of any county in Iowa, with 71 cases. With the current pandemic situation, the fast-changing local condition, the HBA board had an emergency meeting tonight (Zoom meeting in accordance with the social distancing) and decided that it is prudent and responsible to our club members and the community in general to suspend our scheduled group ride season for the months of April and May, probably for June as well. These will include the weekly Wed evening rides, weekly Sat and Sun rides, and the monthly full moon rides. There are two uniquely HBA rides scheduled in early June, Swine Trek and Holy Toledo. Due to the amount of work involved in preparation and announcement, the board decided to cancel those two rides for the time being, and maybe to do something in the fall if we are back to normal.

    Another casualty of the current situation is our annual spring picnic, scheduled on May 3rd. Diane Bradford and her social committee had worked hard to get it ready. They have reserved the location, set the menu, and assigned each member for what to bring. Even though we are not going to enjoy their creation, if you happen to see them, please say thank you for their efforts. Our fall picnic/annual meeting scheduled for Oct 11th is still on track and please mark your calendar.

    Currently RAGBRAI has not been affected yet, and our RAGBRAI Director, Mark Sillman, is monitoring the situation closely and have frequent conversation with the leadership of RAGBRAI. We will let you know when we get close and if there are changes.

    Let’s all do our part and together we can win this battle.

    Thank you, be safe and be well.

    Best regards,

    Baoli Yang

    President of HBA

  • February 10, 2020 11:54 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    RAGBRAI announces 2020 route: Annual cycling event will pass through these Iowa towns.

    Image may contain: 4 people, including Lynda K Ficken Haddy and Tom Pardonek, people smiling, people standing and indoor

    RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party January 25th at the Hiawatha Community Center. Photo of Lynda, Paul, Tom and Richard in a four way tie for guessing the 2020 route, counter with a selection of 9 variations of chili (all delicious) and trophy for first place chili won by Tom Ehlen.

    $900 was raised to benefit Connect CR by silent auction of a quilt, travel bag and a purse set all made by member Sunny Zhang. Thanks to the Social Committee, the time and talents of Sunny and the support provided by Northtowne Cycling & Fitness and all who contributed to a successful Route Announcement Party.

  • October 16, 2019 8:56 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    I just wanted to touch base on the recent events with RAGBRAI. It is a very sad development I am sure you have all seen on TV and been reading about concerning the announcement by the Des Moines Register that TJ Juskiewicz and his entire RAGBRAI crew have left RAGBRAI. In the announcement they said TJ started a new bike ride called Iowa's Bike Ride. They gave some of the information about the ride in the article and also why TJ and his crew decided to leave RAGBRAI. The Register stated there will be a RAGBRAI for 2020.

    At this point and time HBA is going to step back and see what develops. I feel we need a lot more information and to let things shake out and cool down before jumping to conclusions or making any rash decisions at this time.

    I am not going to set up our website to start taking applications on Nov 15th like normal. We have plenty of time to see how things will shake out and get joined up. I will keep you updated as we move forward as to developments going forward.

    Many of us have ridden RAGBRAI for many years and this is devastating news. RAGBRAI is very deep in tradition. 2023 will be the 50th year for RAGBRAI. We have heard some of what TJ and his crew are upset about. However this in my opinion is probably the straw that broke the camels back unfortunately. So patience is the best order of the day at this point. As we get more information and can start putting things together I will get them out as quickly as possible.

    Until we know more thank you for your patience. Have a Great Week!!

    Mark Sillman

    RAGBRAI Director Hawkeye Bicycle Association

  • August 13, 2019 11:41 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

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  • July 16, 2019 5:41 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    As you may recall, earlier in the spring this year we had a social event at Northtowne Cycling and Derek showed us a video about a new trail project called ConnectCR. That was the first time we heard about it and in the past several months we got more information about this project and now ConnectCR is the talk of town, and I am very excited about it. You can see the video again here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCPZ3jWsw08#action=share, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j02f8ik_WTQ#action=share).

    Briefly, ConnectCR is a $20 million project to beautify (the word they used is revitalize) the Cedar Lake and construct a pedestrian/biker bridge (the sleeping giant) across the Cedar River near the NewBo and Czech Village in downtown. As any good campaign, the heavy lifting is almost done, with almost $18 million pledged, and now it transitions into a more public phase to generate more support from the general public like us and more importantly to create more public awareness of this project. HBA as an organization has always been an enthusiastic supporter of trails and trail enhancement in Cedar Rapids and Linn County. This campaign fits very well with our mission statement that “HBA promotes bicycling safety and advocates bicycle friendly communities”. As you may proudly remember that during the last major campaign to finish trail paving to Center Point, HBA played a major role by raising more than $33,000 (out of about $100,000 local support needed to secure grand funding).

    I feel, as you do, a keen ownership anytime I ride to Center Point on this section of CVNT. We are going to have a similar feeling when we ride across the Cedar River on this brand-new bridge. So, will you please join the HBA board to spread the words and to give your full support.

    Here is what the board would like to do:

    1. Please send your donation to HBA, make it payable to ConnectCR (which is registered as a non-profit organization and your donation is potentially tax-deductible).
    2. As we did last time, dollars given to ConnectCR will be counted as points earned riding towards offset for the RAGBRAI fee in the coming years.
    3. Our club will match, dollar for dollar, all donations from HBA members up to a total of $5,000, and this will ensure a bench or a plaque on or near the bridge with HBA’s name on it.
    4. Any donations will be entered for prizes to be drawn at our fall social for gift cards to local bike shops and a finely-crafted quilt donated by a member (pictures of the quilt will be uploaded to our website soon). Additional chances to enter to win those prizes are the raffle tickets to be purchased at our fall social. Details of the prizes and rules will be provided later.

    Thank you for your support and let’s make this happen.

    Hawkeye Bicycle Association

    Board of Directors

  • May 22, 2019 9:59 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Baoli Yang created the following area cycling maps.

  • March 08, 2019 11:25 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    For more information, you must be a member to view the next page.


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