Let the Bike Ride Begin!


Ready, Set, PEDAL!

This morning, bike riders were up bright and early, ready to pedal their way through the hilly terrains of far northwest Illinois. They'll cruise through Stephenson, Carroll, JoDaviess, Ogle, and Winnebago Counties as part of "Nature's Rollercoaster," the 19th Annual Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Bike Ride. 

IAITC_Bikeride 14The event kicked off yesterday with an evening reception and lodging at its "home base," in the Freeport area.

Bruce Johnson, Stephenson County Farm Bureau Manager, was excited to welcome the group to his neck of the woods. "The riders will take in a diverse mix of scenery to enjoy in their travels - from dairy farms to windmills, and everything in-between," he said.

Daily routes run approximately 40 or 80 miles; riders can choose from either. Vehicle road support is available along the way.

"Rider safety is of utmost importance" said Charlie Grotevant, bike ride co-chairman.  "We spend a great deal of time planning the best possible routes for great riding and great views of the countryside.  That's one of the reasons we've had such a great following for 19 years now." 

Along each bike route cyclists stop at schools where fun, interactive student assemblies are held.  Cyclists and IAITC staff and volunteers tell students the important story of agriculture.  Equally important, students are reminded about bicycle safety from this group of "pros."  Evenings are spent experiencing local sites, family farms, and hearty meals.

Special incentives encouraged individuals to raise funds for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Raising $1,000 or more earned a free registration, and a grant and book pack to a school or library of your choice; raising $500 earned a 50% discount on registration and a book pack; and those who raised $250 received a 25% discount on registration.

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program is dedicated to teaching students the role that farmers and agriculture plays in our everyday lives. Participation in events like the IAITC Bike Ride helps raise funds to continue agriculture literacy programs and provide free resources to teachers in the classroom.

Check out more on the ride at iaafoundation.org.




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