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Tour of the Mississippi River Valley

A Midwest Cycling Tradition Since 1978!

TOMRV 43-June 13/14, 2020.  

Online Registration will be open December 1, 2019 through June 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m.                      TOMRV - Register Now




2019 Routes Available Below
Download the Day 1 and Day 2 routes to your Smartphone or Garmin:
               Day 1 Routes
Day 1  Short & Long Routes
             
              Day 2  Routes
Day 2 Short & Long Routes

Note:  2020 routes will be available in late April
 or May of 2020. Each year, we need to communicate with various county road engineers to learn if there will be construction on our planned route.  The 2020 route will be similar to the 2019 route, but you can anticipate there will be a few changes. 
 




TOMRV is the Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley, a Midwest cycling tradition since 1978. Every year approximately 1,000 bicycling enthusiasts come to ride the TOMRV tour. They enjoy a well supported, challenging ride on scenic roads, through Midwest farmland, and along the Mississippi River.

We invite you to look into our tour whether you are an experienced tour rider or just getting started. You will find a great weekend cycling experience with riders from across the Midwest. If you belong to a cycling club anywhere in the Midwest, then probably you have friends riding with us.

Changes and new features for 2020:
1. Registration will be through the QCBC rather than GetMeRegistered. Use the blue button above or go to qcbc.org/tomrv to register.
2. Many area hotels, including those in LeClair Iowa are offering special rates for Friday June 12 and Sunday, June 14.  Registration for these is on your own. Please see list of hotels on this website.
3. The Menomonie area rest stop will be different this year.  We will stop at the Sinsinawa Mound Center. This college setting will provide riders with shade and the center's signature cinnamon rolls and bread baked at their bakery.  This should provide a nice spot to rest and get ready for the finish of Saturday's ride.
4.  In past years, Clarke University has provided access to air-conditioned suites for Saturday night.  They will be using the suites for their summer students, so these will not be available to riders for 2020.
 

The Ride


We leave on Saturday from Bettendorf, Iowa (106 miles) or from Goose Lake, Iowa (76 miles) and travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The next day we return using a different route to Bettendorf (88 miles) or to Goose Lake (51 miles). The route is varied and scenic, using lightly traveled paved roads. There are many views of the Mississippi River as we ride along it, over it on bridges, and through it on causeways.

The route is hilly near Dubuque.  On day one: for the 106 mile route there is 4400+ feet of climbing and the 76 mile route has 3400+ feet of climbing.  Both routes travel through three states: Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, crisscrossing the Mississippi river. On day two, slightly less miles and climbing.  88 miles and 51 miles, 3900 and 2700 feet of climbing respectively.  The second day is entirely on rural roads in the beautiful state of Iowa!

 
You will have top-notch support services on the tour. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club provides many rest stops on the way with free food and refreshments. Additional food is sold along the route by civic and church organizations. Upon arriving at Clarke, the legendary TOMRV banquet is waiting for you. Clarke University opens their dormitories for our overnight stay.

This is TOMRV, a tradition of good riding, good scenery, challenging hills, good food, and an overall good time. So if this is for you, then plan to ride with us this year.


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  • We provide emergency bicycle repair vehicles on the route and at Clarke University.  Bike support information can be found in your ride packet and at rest stops along the route. 
    Note:  There is no sag service for those who have trouble on the road.
     Riders need to ensure that a back-up plan is in place with friends, etc. in the case of an incident that does not allow the ride to be completed.

  • There is a free secure bike lock-up area at Clarke University with an overnight guard.
  • Massage tables are available at Clarke on Saturday afternoon for a separate charge.
  • After your Saturday ride, relax at the Clarke Beer Garden. Each year we have live music.
  • A breakfast buffet is available on Sunday morning at Clarke for a separate charge.
  • Showers are available at Goose Lake and at Bettendorf at the end of the ride.
 



Check In

TOMRV will start on Saturday morning, with most riders leaving between 6AM and 8AM from Scott Community College in Bettendorf, or between 7:30AM and 9AM from Northeast School in Goose Lake. Both locations have ample and safe parking for the weekend.

Check-in before the ride for your packet at one of the following locations:

1.  Scott Community College from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening (Recommended).

2.  Northeast School in Goose Lake on Saturday morning from 7:30AM to 9AM, the Goose Lake start location.

3.  Scott Community College from 5:30AM to 8AM at Scott CC start location.

At check-in you will receive:

A wristband entitling you to food at TOMRV sag stops, and admission to the banquet.

A packet with ride information.

A luggage tag to allow your bag on our trucks for delivery to Clarke on Saturday and back on Sunday.

This year's ride t- shirt.

This year's ride jersey and patch if your have ordered them.

Lodging information if you requested   this.

 

Registration

On-line registration opens on Dec 1, 7:00AM at QCBC.org/TOMRV.

Or you can register by mail - print and mail an application form, and pay by check. 2020 Registration Form & Waiver Form 

For 2020: Online registrations will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Monday, June 8, when on-line registration will close.    

Your registration fee covers rest stops, access to road support, services at Clarke University, the banquet on Saturday evening, and a ride t-shirt.

Jerseys, rooms at Clarke on Saturday night, and other merchandise are purchased separately as you need.

Early registration is discounted according to the list below. 

2020 TOMRV registration costs

Early registration Dec 1 - Mar 15 - $80. Look for the early registration discount coupon on the TOMRV website and enter the code when you register.  If you do not use a discount coupon you will be charged $95.00 for a regular registration. 

Regular Registration March 16 - June 8 - $95

On site, register at packet pickup or on-site - $110.

Other discount coupons:  QCBC members, active or retired military veterans, and riders 25 and under, receive a $5 discount for each of these 3 categories.  A person may be eligible for multiple discounts, up to a total of 4.  Look for the appropriate discount coupon code in the table below. 

Clarke rooms are preferred by many riders, and they run out early. As rooms are taken on the online system, each room type will count down. When the count reaches zero, that type will no longer appear on the online registration form. Rooms will be single or double occupancy. 
Clarke rooms may not be available when you register on-site, but camping spaces and sleeping bag spaces are always available.
Suites will not be available.  Clarke has demand for the suites by their summer students.
Please register early if a special room type is important to you.

We accept on-site registrations the evening of packet pickup at Scott, and on the morning of the ride at both the Scott and Goose Lake starting points. So you can still decide to ride the tour right up to the morning we start. Please bring cash or a check for on-site registration because we are not set up for credit cards.

Discount Coupons – select the appropriate coupon for your use during registration. Please read the descriptions carefully. Proof of eligibility may be checked at packet pick-up.

Coupon Name

Coupon Code

Value

Expiration Date

Early Registration Only.- No Additional Discounts

T01

US$15.00

3/15/2020

Early Regis + QCBC Member

T02

US$20.00

3/15/2020

Early Regis +Active/Veteran Military

T03

US$20.00

3/15/2020

Early Regis+Under 26

T04

US$20.00

3/15/2020

Early Regis +QCBC member +Active/Vet.Miltary

T05

US$25.00

3/15/2020

Early Regis+Active/Vet Military+Under 26

T06

US$25.00

3/15/2020

Early Regis+QCBC member+Under 26

T07

US$25.00

3/15/2020

EarlyRegis+QCBCmember+Act/VetMil+Under26

T08

US$30.00

3/15/2020

Reg Regis + QCBC Member

T09

US$5.00

6/8/2020

Reg Regis +Active/Veteran Military

T10

US$5.00

6/8/2020

Reg Regis+ Under 26

T11

US$5.00

6/8/2020

Reg Regis +Act/Vet Military+Under 26

T12

US$10.00

6/8/2020

Reg Regis+QCBC member +Active/Vet Military

T13

US$10.00

6/8/2020

Reg Regis+QCBC member+under 26

T14

US$10.00

6/8/2020

Reg Regis+QCBCmember+Act/VetMil+Under26

T15

US$15.00

6/8/2020


2020 TOMRV Jersey



We will be using Voler jerseys again this year. We used Voler in 2019 and 2017. If you participated in TOMRV in 2019 or 2017 and ordered a jersey, please use that as a guide when ordering for 2020. Note: the sleeveless jersey is a hybrid fit. That means it is between the race and club fit. Take that into consideration when you order a sleeveless jersey. Women's jerseys will have a relaxed hem. Men's jerseys will have a gripper hem. All jerseys will have a full-length zipper. You may want to visit the Voler website (Voler.com) to look at sizing guidelines before ordering.

Note: you will need to order a jersey before the cut-off date. The cut-off date is April 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. We will not be ordering extra jerseys for sale during the event;  therefore, selecting the best size for you is important.