Cyclist take advantage of long weekend festivities

Cesar J ToledoSports
Cyclist take advantage of long weekend festivities

People from all over Iowa pedaled their way through more than just a historic trail. The skies were clear, the trail was adventurous and the weather was more than ideal for this weekend’s long-awaited experience.

Cyclists were out in drones as they partook in 90 miles of music and fun as the Pedaler’s Jamboree made its first appearance in Iowa. The event, which originally began in Missouri, is a weekend event where cyclists or non-riders alike were able to enjoy themselves with live bands, drinks, food and miles of beautiful scenery.

The miles of countryside ran through the Raccoon River Valley trail. Those who signed up to ride began their journey early in the morning at Waukee. They rode to six different stops where they encountered live musicians and several places that offered a variety of refreshments that helped charge up those electrolytes.

Included in those stops was Pattee Park in Perry. Participants were able to sit and relax as they were treated to about three hours of live entertainment.

Chirs Uchytil, a resident from Des Moines who along with his family dropped by the Perry Perk, a local coffee shop, had heard about the jamboree and thought it might be fun.

“I went to the bike expo in February and they had a stand there for everything that was going on,” he said. “So we kind of planned it out with my family and decided to come and try it out.”

Avid cyclists Jim and Karen Sievers were also out riding around Perry, taking in all the event had to offer.

“It’s a holiday weekend and with music along the trail it just seemed like a new oddity,” Karen said.

The jamboree wrapped up on Sunday when all the riders made their trek back to Waukee from Jefferson where the after-party was in full swing at Mickey’s Irish Pub and Saint’s Pub. Some people like the Sievers hope to see this event become a tradition.

“I think it will,” she said. “We are looking at over a thousand people now and I talk to somebody from Kansas City describing what they’ve been doing in Missouri.”