will start and end their ride at Cory’s
Irish Pub. The 2012 Biking Bondu bicycle
ride will take place on Saturday, June 23
at 10 a.m. The new 5K Run/Walk starts at
8:30 a.m. For more information, click
here or preregister here.
Annual bike ride adds a new event
As the progression continues, Des Moines is
turning into an ideal city for bicycle riding
enthusiasts. With its miles of trails, riders
can venture throughout the metro in any direction.
And although the current trails are great, more
could be done. Organizers of the annual Biking
Bondu event want to help that cause, which is
why they’re donating the proceeds to their local
trailhead to help connect the small town to
the rest of the trails.
“All of the proceeds will go to the Bondurant
Regional Trailhead,” said Jeff Cook, event coordinator.
“It will eventually connect us to the Chichaqua
Valley Trail, The Gay Lea Wilson Trail and the
High Trestle Trail, creating a tremendous riding
This is the fifth annual event, and Cook has
seen the event continue to grow.
In 2007, Randy Pruismann, Steve Hall and myself
came up with the idea for a bike ride. We had
rode RAGBRAI and other local events, and we
wanted to start our own to benefit the city
of Bondurant,” Cook said. “Our first event in
2008 had 29 riders and last year we had 127,
so the number of participants have grown every
year. In the past we’ve found a member of the
community to help benefit with the proceeds,
but we thought we would try something different
this year and focus on helping the trailhead.”
The ride will feature a 50-mile roundtrip bike
ride from Bondurant to Baxter and back, with
numerous stops along the way including Valeria
(water stop), Mingo (Ozzy’s), Ira (pie and ice
cream) and Baxter (Cadillac Jack’s). At 4 p.m.,
Cory’s Irish Pub in Bondurant will fire up the
grill and offer live music through the evening.
“Last year was the first time we did a pie and
ice cream stop and it was a huge hit, so we
had to bring it back,” Cook said. “We wanted
to make a day long event people could enjoy,
so after the ride is over we encourage everyone
to hang out at Cory’s and grab some food and
enjoy the music.
Along with the bike ride, a new 5K Run/Walk
was added to the festivities.
“We wanted to add something for the non-riders
and thought the run/walk would be a great addition,”
Cook said. “It starts at the firs station and
goes around Lake Petocka and back. It’s a beautiful
trail for the running/walking community.”
The event takes place on Saturday, June 23 and
kicks off at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast
sponsored by the Lions Club at the Bondurant
fire station. Also at 8 a.m., participants can
register ($20) for the event. At 8:30 a.m.,
the 5K run/walk starts from the fire station,
and at 10 a.m., the bike ride starts at Cory’s
“Although we’ve had the pancake breakfast in
the past, a lot of times on RAGBRAI the local
fire station will be offering breakfast or lunch,
so we wanted to add that element to the event,”
Cook encourages all riders, regardless of skill
level, to join the ride and help benefit the
local trail systems.
“The ride is at your own pace, so you can stop
as many times as you like. It’s also a great
way to train for upcoming riding events,” Cook
said. “Not only will you be supporting the community
of Bondurant and the other communities along
the trail, you’ll be supporting the trail systems.
As the trail system continues to develop, it’s
important to get them linked together so everyone
can benefit from them and enjoy the ride.” CV