Unfortunately, after evaluating the current situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and great concern for the safety of the general public, the townspeople, riders, support drivers, volunteers, the Iowa State Patrol troopers, safety officials and staff, it will not be safe nor feasible to host the inaugural Iowa’s Ride on July 12-18, 2020.
Our top priority has always been the safety of everyone that would be involved in the event. We carefully monitored the evolving pandemic and consulted with health and safety officials across the state and country and town leaders to base any decisions. With Governor Reynolds closing all Iowa schools for the year (several were planned to be used for campgrounds) and recommendations to not continue the ride from the various law enforcement agencies, emergency managers, city managers and mayors, county supervisors, local hospital officials and other safety agencies that have been involved with the planning of Iowa’s Ride, we knew the ride could not continue as planned. We do greatly appreciate your patience as we explored all possible options and assessed the health risks and the level of stress the event might place on the local health system and emergency services before taking this course of action.
Some people will ask why we could not wait longer to decide as the pandemic is ever changing. We tried to hold out as long as possible in hopes that the world would begin healing. We also know the reality that the clock was ticking to lock in many requirements to host the ride including insurance, permits and licenses. Some of these are required to be secured and paid for 60 days prior to the event.
To read the full statement Iowa’s Ride statement, including requesting refunds and the refund deadlines, please visit our website.
As I stated before, a bike ride is never that important. We will remain hopeful that the health risks will eventually subside, and our country will get back to doing the things that we all enjoy like riding our bikes by ourselves or at large events. I hope you might stop in one of these host towns, when it is safe to do so, and support them by eating lunch at a restaurant or tasting a beer at one of those local breweries. I know they would appreciate it.
Again, we are trying to do the right thing during unimaginable times. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to write or call me anytime.
Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with those that are affected by the coronavirus throughout the world. Please stay safe!
Iowa’s Ride Director