YO! Just lettin' ya know that this event occurred in the past. So don't go planning your day around this one.


Sat Jun 29 2019 7:00 AM - 10:30 PM


Des Moines, IA

WHO, Iowa Beverage and New Belgium


CONGRATS to those who participated in the 3rd New Belgium Follow Your Folly Cruiser Ride. It was not an easy day with the heat. KUDOS and HIGH FIVES to those who finished! The first finishers were rolling in by 5pm and the last ones were around 3:30 am. No matter what your mileage was, that was one heck of an accomplishment!  We hope you had fun!

CONGRATS to Jacki for winning the New Belgium Cruiser and all those who won some BIKEIOWA swag!

THANKS to the 13 Official Nut Checkers for doing their thankless job!

THANKS for riding and helping us celebrate New Belgium's 28th Birthday as we stopped at some of the coolest establishments along the trail!

THANKS to New Belgium Brewing, Iowa Beverage, Mullets and ALL the cool stops along the way!

If you have some cool photos, you like us to add to the gallery, send them via Facebook, or email at

Until Next Time... ???


Trail Ride

Distance - 101 miles (107 with bonus)

Celebrate New Belgium Brewery's Birthday

Join us by Riding 100 mile on your Cruiser (or any bike) on some of Iowa's best kept trails while stopping at some super-fun establishments along the trail!

Yeah - You heard us right... We are riding 100 miles on Cruisers (AGAIN!). We know many of you did not finish due to the Torrential historic rains last year, so lets do it again for redemption!!

If you own a Cruiser bike, have an adventurous spirit, and wish to spend all day Cruising....then WE WANT YOU to join us on Saturday June 29th for a little 'Follow Your Folly' action!

New Belgium Cruiser Giveaway

We will be giving away a SWEET 2019 New Belgium Cruiser by Brooklyn Bicycle Company (read more). If you are pre-registered, you have a chance to WIN this bike! We'll draw names before the ride.

Use hashtag #NBBCruiser100

We hear-by declare that "New Belgium Cruisers will rule the trail this day"

click photo to start video!

Don't own a Cruiser?

No worries... All bikes are welcome! This will be a perfect opportunity for those who have never ridden a century (100 miles).

Can it be done?

We know it can!  In 2013 we rode 107 miles! In 2018 we had a great start and then a flash storm brought 10 inches of rain to the Ankeny area that put a stop to most participant's cruiser ride.

We still have not seen where this kind of event has been attempted before, so why not be part of the fun? You can only go so fast on the cruisers, so plan to be out ALL DAY.  We will start early, so we can finish in time to enjoy our achievement!

There will be plenty of place to get water and food along the way.  Check with your Doctor or Psychiatrist before committing.
We hope you can make it all the way, but there will be plenty of chances to get on or off the route along the way too.

Even though we'll have plenty of stops along the way, we can't too stay long at any one stop either.


  • Stretch you legs! - The cruiser "setting position" is not optimal for long rides.  Every 3-5 miles make sure you stand up on the pedal or stop to stretch. It will be your saving grace at the end.
  • Drink - Yes, we will have beer specials, but water, Gatorade and other sport drinks will keep your electrolytes up to par.
  • Eat - You'll be out there burning calories for hours. This is not the time for diet food. Make sure you don't bonk.
  • Fix It - Make sure you have the tools, tubes etc. to change a tire or make minor repairs on your bicycle.
  • Not from here? - If you are not familiar with the trails, find a buddy who is. We are riding mostly trails, and some of the connections are not very intuitive if you are not familiar with them.
  • Enjoy It!  - This is not a race. The weather looks awesome and you'll be with like-minded (crazy) cyclists... Enjoy the day!

Plan Ahead

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and you'd better have at least one bike tube and a repair kit. Make sure your steed is in good running order. We'll help out where we can, but consider this an unsupported ride as there are no sag wagons. Plan accordingly. 


Please do NOT park in the Mullets parking lot. There is a parking lot across the street and some parking on some side-streets. Principal Park across the river also has parking.

Beer Specials

Mullets: $3 Mural and PFK cans, $4 Fat Tire Draw (open at 6:30 am!)
Flat Tire Lounge: $3 Fat Tire Draws
Whistlin’ Donkey: $3 Fat Tire & VDR IPA Draws
Captain Roy’s: $2 Fat Tire, PFK, and Mural cans
AJ’s: $3.50 Fat Tire Bottles
Cumming Tap: $3 Fat Tire Draws
Orlondos: $1 off Fat Tire Draws

Post-Ride Celebration

If you finish, you'll have well-earned a place in history! The New Belgium Gods will douse us with smiles. Food and drink will be plentiful.

Once you finish, find a volunteer to "check your card". If you card is all signed, you will be recognized as a "Follow Your Folly Cruiser 100 Ride Finisher".

All Finishers get a Finisher patch!


In order to get a Finisher Patch, you must complete the ride in less than 24 hours from the posted start time and have ridden to ALL stops and have each stop sign/punch your card.
If you lose your card, you will not be considered a finisher.


This is a lightly supported event. No Shuttles, sags, etc. are provided. We will provide maps, you can download a gpx file. and will do our best to find you a ride in case your steed breaks down, but be ready to call UBER or throw a thumb in the air if the need arises.
We plan to ride as well!


Jun 28 2019 - Updated mileage chart to start at 8 am vs. 7 am (more realistic)
Jun 27 2019 - Finalized and Updated Route Map. Uploaded GPX, TCX and Cue Cards
Jun 26 2019 - Added Beer Specials
Jun 24 2019 - Sent registrant update email and uploaded mileage and time chart
Jun 20 2019 -  Caps cards arrived!
Jun 5 2019 -  Ride cards arrived!
May 24 2019 - Caps, Ride Cards and Patches ordered!
May 24 2019 - updated route stops, posted map, added  cycling cap photo and added 2019 Cruiser photo
May 24 2019 - posted giveaway info for 2019 Cruiser!
May 6 2019 - Registration opened!
May 5 2019 - confirmed Mullets will be out starting and ending location and they will open up early for refreshments and breakfast
Mar 2 2019 - Posted the event for 2019


101 miles total with any optional 6 bonus miles to the Cumming Tap and back

The Route is 95%+ on trails with the flattest Iowa elevation we could find.

14 official stops!






NOTE:  We will *NOT* have paper maps or cue-cards the day of, so Download/Print what you need. #SaveTrees

Route Rundown *

  1. Mullets (DSM - START)
  2. Kum & Go (Ankeny)
  3. Nite Hawk  (Slater)
  4. Flat Tire Lounge (Madrid)
  5. High Trestle Trail Bridge
  6. Whistling Donkey (Woodward)
  7. Whiskey River (Ankeny)
  8. Fongs (Ankeny)
  9. Captain Roy's (DSM)
  10. AJ's on Court (DSM)
  11. Orlondo's (DSM)
  12. Outskirtz (Orilla)
  13. The Chicken (Orilla)
  14. Cumming Tap (bonus miles!)
  15. Mullets (DSM - END)

* Route subject to change. Some stops may get hit twice on the return trip.



1300 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 50315


The ride is capped at 200. We only have 200 caps and patches coming. Once they are gone. they are gone!

Each pre-registered participant will receive:
  • Cycling Cap by Primal Wear Inc.
  • 2-part patch (you only get the Finisher portion of the patch if you finish!)
  • Cool punch card - keep it for the memories
  • A chance to win a 2019 New Belgium Cruiser by Brooklyn Bicycle Company
  • Official Nut checkers - only a Lucky 13 get to wear these vests of pride
  • Beer specials at the stops
The registration fee also pays for an insurance policy that covers our butt as well as yours.


You must be pre-registered to qualify for these prizes.
  • 2019 New Belgium Cruiser by Brooklyn Bicycle Company (1 chance per registration!)
  • New Belgium swag

Day-Of Registration

We do NOT plan to offer day-of registrations. If this changes, we'll announce as the event date gets closer.


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