PERRY, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2018 -- We've reached the season of the cold weather bicycle rides, with two of them happening in the Raccoon River Valleyl Trail neighborhood in the next few weeks.
The first is the granddaddy of the winter rides, the 41st annual "BRR" happening this Saturday, Feb. 3, from Perry to Rippey and back -- a round-trip of 24 miles.
"BRR," as most know, is sponsored by the Perry Chamber of Commerce. It is held regardless of the weather, and there have been "BRR" rides when it was as warm as nearly 60 degrees, and then there was the 1996 "BRR" when the temperature at starting time was -29 -- yes, that was the actual temperature, 29 degrees below zero.
“BRR” riders are shown streaming into Rippey during the snowy, cold ride of 2016.
As long as the temperature is 20 degrees or above, you can expect to see several thousand bicyclists riding on it. The predicted high for this Saturday in Perry is 32 degrees, with a strong possibility of snow showers in the morning.
You can do online registration for "BRR" by clicking right here. You can also register on Saturday, with sign-ups and breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Hotel Pattee in Perry. The official start -- usually be cannon shot -- is at 10 a.m. on the streets out in front of the hotel.
There will be a hot chocolate stop on the way to Rippey, and there'll be food and refreshments available in Rippey, too.
The "MinBRRn" attracted about 75 riders a year ago when it was held for the first time -- in temperatures below 32 degrees. You'd hope it might be warmer than that when the ride is held again this year, on Saturday, March 3.
The route is on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, with the start at Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee and the turn-around point being the Nineteen14 bar & restaurant in Minburn. Both businesses will have food and drink specials, and bands performing.
"MinBRRn" will donate $10 of each registration to the fundraising campaign for the 9-mile-long "Connector" trail that is being developed to link the RRVT and the High Trestle Trail. You can get more information and do online registration by clicking right here.
During the milder weather for the 2015 “BRR,” Kevin Carlisle (left), of West Des Moines, and Josh Jones, of Grimes, took a break for a chili lunch in downtown Rippey.