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Sat Jul 06 2019 - Sun Jul 07 2019 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Gateway Park
Cedar Falls, IA


Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau, Cedar Trails Partnership, Europa, Bike Tech, Cedar Valley Cyclists, Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective, Cedar Falls Public Library, IHOPE, Hannah Design, CVAST, Blue Zones Project, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, The Hearst.



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The Cedar Valley CyclistsCedar Trails PartnershipCedar Valley Association of Soft Trails (CVAST) and the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau invite you attend the 4th annual Cedar Valley Pedal Fest, July 6-7, 2019. Ride updates during the event will be posted to the Cedar Valley Pedal Fest event page on Facebook. Click HERE to visit the Facebook event page

Helmets are required for all rides. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019 

Ribbon Cutting and Blessing of Bicycles

  • Time: 7:45 am - 8:00 am
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

The Cedar Falls Ministerial Association invites you to a brief Blessing of Bicycles to kick off the festival.
Sponsored by the Cedar Falls Ministerial Association


Bridge-2-Bridge Ride 

  • Length: Choose 25 miles or 65 miles round trip
  • Time: 7:30 am registration, 8:00 am start
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Celebrate the replacement of the two Cedar Valley Nature Trail bridges destroyed in the Great Flood of 2008.  Enjoy the diverse beauty that surrounds the trail including parks, woodlands, lakes, the Cedar River and parts of downtowns. Both routes will be marked with Cedar Valley Cyclists’ signage. If you are not sure your bike is road-worthy or ready for a long ride, take it to the local bike shop for a checkup.
Sponsored by Cedar Valley Cyclists.

Short Ride – 25 miles round trip – approximately 2 ½ hours
This ride follows trails into Evansdale until the Cedar Valley Nature Trail at the new Evansdale Bridge. Recognition of the community efforts to replace the bridge will be mentioned and then return on the same route. There will be a rest stop with water and other refreshments at the Evansdale Bridge Trail Head. This ride may be suitable for children who are capable of riding at least 25 miles. Roger White will lead and there will be a designated sweeper so no one is left behind.

Long Ride - 65 miles round trip – approximately 6 hours
The ride follows the same route as the Short Version as far as the Evansdale Bridge, and then continues on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to just outside La Porte City, follows roads into town and reconnects with the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in La Porte. The ride ends at McFarlane Park Bridge with recognition of the community efforts to replace the bridge and reconnect the trail. Return to Gateway Park will be via the same route for a 65-mile ride. Refreshments are available at Waterloo, Evansdale, Evansdale Bridge trailhead, La Porte City and at designated sites along the route. Support services will end at 2pm. This ride is not recommended for children. Members of the Cedar Valley Cyclists will lead this ride. Since the return ride is “on your own” there is no designated sweeper.


Perkins Pancake Pedal

  • Length: 11 miles round trip
  • Time: 8:00 am registration, 8:30am start, ending at approximately 11:30 am
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Let’s ride to the University Avenue Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery from Gateway Park on South Riverside Trail then up the hill on Greenhill Trail. Enjoy your meal with a discount for those with Pedal Fest wristbands.
Sponsored by Perkins


Market to Market

  • Length: 2 miles round trip to Cedar Falls market, 16 miles round trip to Waterloo market
  • Time: 8:45 am registration, 9:00 am start, ending at approximately 12:00 pm
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Bring a bag for this one, we’re going to the market! We’ll start with a short ride to Overman Park for the Cedar Falls Farmer’s Market. You’ll have some time to explore the craft and food vendors and grab a coffee or breakfast. We’ll swing back through Gateway Park and you can drop off goodies in your vehicle. We’ll take the Cedar Valley Lake Trail through George Wyth and past Exchange Park to the Waterloo Farmer’s Market at the RiverLoop Expo Plaza. On the way, we’ll stop at the Bike Rodeo. At the Waterloo Market you can grab more coffee and maybe a second breakfast. You’ll have the option to ride back with the group or extend your time and ride back on your own.


Bike Rodeo

  • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Exchange Park, Waterloo

The Exchange Club Pedal Park will provide a fun and scenic course and the adjacent basketball court will be transformed into a challenging, educational course; both for youngsters to practice safe cycling skills. Professionals from Scheels will inspect bikes and helmets, which are required Loaner helmets and bicycles will be available from the Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective.
Sponsored by I HOPE Chapter of AMBUCS and INRCOG

Police, Pedals and Pie!

  • Length: 1 mile round trip
  • Time: 10:45 am registration, 11:15 am start, ending at approximately 12:30 pm
  • Location: Waterloo Public Library, 415 Commercial Street, Waterloo

This family-friendly ride will start behind the Waterloo Public Library and head to Waterloo’s new downtown business Try Pie. Riders are invited to meet some of the bakers, watch the process and try a mini-pie! 
Sponsored by the Waterloo Police Department and Waterloo Public Library


Homes with History

  • Length: 8-10 miles round trip, self-guided tour
  • Time: Homes open 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Go by spokes to see styles! Explore hidden architectural gems throughout Cedar Falls on this leisure ride. Bikers can make a stop at each home or select a few that suit their desires. Each home is open for tourism and the homeowners will be present for you to ask questions. No two are alike on this tour! The line-up will feature a Geodesic Dome, tiney house, Modern Flat roof featured in 1950s Better Homes and Garden Magazine, 100-year-old Bungalow, and re-usedesing that features a church turned residence. Consider finishing your route with an exterior tour of a stately Queen Anne and enjoy breath-taking views of the Cedar River. Riders should begin at Gateway Park where a map and information will be provided.
Sponsored by Hannam Design 

Pedal and Paddle

  • Length: 4-8 miles round trip
  • Time: 2:30 pm registration, 3:00 pm start
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Ride to Big Woods Lake and try your hand at paddling with kayaks provided by Maxx Rentals. Instruction and life jackets will be provided. Ride limited to 30 participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sponsored by Maxx Rentals

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Denver Waffle Ride

  • Length: 30 miles round trip
  • Time: 8:15 am registration, 8:30 am start, ending at approximately 11:30 am
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Enjoy the scenery and paved roads for a ride to experience the rural landscape and bountiful farm fields of the area. This ride follows N. Main St. and Big Woods Rd. to Big Woods Park and then takes country roads into Denver. Enjoy “all-you-can-eat” waffles and all the trimmings at the Denver American Legion for $6. The route will be marked with signage. A designated sweeper is assigned so no one is left behind. Since the route is mostly rural roads, riders must be capable of riding on roads, including hills, and ensure that their bicycles are road-worthy.
Sponsored by Cedar Valley Cyclists


The Grand Architecture Tour

  • Length: 3 miles round trip
  • Time: 12:45 am registration, 1:00 pm start
  • Location: Pfeiffer Park shelter, Cedar Falls

The tour will take cyclists down Grand Boulevard, Ridgewood Drive and other connected streets to view well known architecture styles in that area.  At stops along the way, riders will learn about the history and architecture of some of the homes on the route.  After the ride, from 3:00-4:30 pm there will be a celebration at the Pfeiffer Park Shelter with snacks and music by Raldo and the Boys.
Sponsored by Hearst Center for the Arts


Dirt Ride

  • Length: 6-10 miles round trip
  • Time: 12:00 pm registration, 12:30 pm start, ending at approximately 1:30 pm
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Come join us for a Dirty Trail Ride! Take a tour of the Tondro Pray Bike Park, our new pump track and cyclocross race track. The park also features a new single-track route with different obstacles, rock drops and jumps. For those that are interested, we can split up and ride over to George Wyth State Park to experience some of the great single-track dirt trails. This ride would be best for BMX, mountain bikes, hybrids or fatties. Be sure to bring water bottles, insect repellant and lots of energy. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED! Riders of all abilities are welcome from beginners to advanced. Come out and get dirty!
Sponsored by Cedar Valley Association for Soft Trails


Pedal to the Puppet Show Ride

  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Time: 2:00 pm registration, 2:30 pm start, ending at approximately 4:00 pm
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Ride the trail over the Cedar River and under the Main Street and First Street bridges to State Street. We will take State Street to the Cedar Falls Public Library for a puppet show and refreshments. We will take the same route in reverse back to Gateway Park for a book giveaway by Books Not Bombs Cedar Valley.
Sponsored by the Cedar Falls Public Library


Faith to Faith Ride

  • Length: 7.5 miles one way on Cedar Valley Trails
  • Time: 1:30 pm registration, 2:00 pm start, ending at approximately 3:30 pm
  • Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

Visit two congregations in the Cedar Falls area. Ride to Orchard Hill Church where we will discover the beauty of the congregation’s building and hear something about their ministries. Next we will ride to Prairie Lakes Church an receive a tour with an introduction to their ministries. Ride time will be 45 minutes with a 20 minute stop at each congregation.


There are different length rides for all ages and abilities.


Gateway Park

Lincoln and East Main Street
Cedar Falls, IA 


There is no cost to participate. Simply register at the location where the ride begins at the designated time. Helmets are required. Lights may also be required for some rides.


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