TOMRV is the Tour of the Mississippi River Valley, QCBC’s premier weekend tour and a Midwest cycling tradition since 1978. The ride is held the second weekend in June. Each year about 1,000 bicycling enthusiasts from around the Midwest come to ride the TOMRV tour.
They enjoy a challenging ride on scenic roads, through Midwest farmland, and along the Mississippi River.
Riders may choose one of 2 routes -196 total miles or 115 total miles. The longer route starts at Scott Community College in Bettendorf Iowa and the shorter route starts in Goose Lake Iowa at the high school. Saturday’s routes take riders across the Mississippi river twice and meander from Iowa, to Illinois, to Wisconsin, and back to Iowa. Each route leads to Clark University in Dubuque Iowa, where riders share their riding experiences of the day and enjoy music at the TOMRV beer garden.
Riders may choose to camp on site (showers are available) or stay at a nearby local hotel. Shuttle service to hotels is available. Sunday’s route stays solely in Iowa. On both days, the routes pass through numerous small towns and riders are welcome to explore on their own.
TOMRV is known for its friendly volunteers, Midwest hospitality, and very well-supported SAG stops.
SAG stops are placed along the route to support the nutritional needs of riders and keep you going. Riders find a wide variety of snacks, fruit, Gatorade, water, and sandwiches to provide the fuel you need. A frequent comment that volunteers hear is that TOMRV has the best SAG stops of any weekend ride in the Midwest, and maybe beyond. Local bicycle shops provide technical support to riders on both days.