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Ride, eat, repeat: The culinary ride returns

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5th Annual IC Culinary Ride

New Pioneer Co-op — Sunday, Sep. 20 at 8 a.m.

This Sunday I’ll be wearing bike shorts all day, eating honest food, drinking local brews and peddling down bucolic Iowa roads. Why? Because it’s the 5th Annual Iowa City Culinary Ride. The Iowa City Culinary ride brings together cyclists, local farmers, growers and area farm-to-table chefs in a celebration of community, landscape and good food. The ride will feature stops at local farms, gardens and restaurants.

Eat to live and live to ride -- image by Tim Taranto
Eat to live and live to ride — image by Tim Taranto

The ride’s check-in breakfast featuring Wake Up Iowa City coffee is at the New Pioneer Co-op at 8 a.m., with the ride kicking off at 9 a.m. Each stop will feature signature food and drink with an end of ride party back in Iowa City (Ride and Trumpet Blossom Café). Bike maintenance and support is available along the ride thanks to Geoff’s Bike and Ski. Two routes are available to accommodate cyclists; the extended “beet it up” route (about 55 miles of paved and gravel roads) and the abbreviated “cherry tomato” route (20 miles and it’s mostly paved).

Tickets are $65 and $45 for students. Registering in advance is a wise move, and can be done online.

ROUTES & STOPS:

CHERRY TOMATO

-UI Student Garden featuring Griddle Me This
-Yotopia featuring frozen yogurt
-End of ride party at Ride

BEET IT UP

-UI Student Garden featuring Griddle Me This
-Northern Ridge Berry Farm featuring Local Burrito and the Lion Bridge Brewing
-Henry’s Village Market featuring ZaZa’s Pasta
-Augusta Restaurant in Oxford
-Rapid Creek Ranch featuring Devotay
-End party at the famous Trumpet Blossom Café


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