The Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC), in partnership with the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), attended the Iowa Bicycle Summit and Expo in Des Moines on January 25-26. The event is hosted annually by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and coincides with the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) route announcement.
The Bicycle Summit kicked off on Friday with an educational seminar for trail planners and engineers, focusing on bicycle trail funding, design, and construction. The Bicycle Expo, a trade show for bicycle manufacturers, performance-food companies, and trail advocacy groups, was held on Saturday, with approximately 75 vendors from across the nation.
CVB and JCTC representatives networked and promoted Fairfield to approximately 3,000 attendees from across Iowa.
The event concluded with the 2013 RAGBRAI route announcement. Fairfield was selected as an overnight city for the sixth night of the ride from the Missouri to Mississippi River. This is the fourth time RAGBRAI has passed through Fairfield.
The 41st edition of RAGBRAI will be held from July 20-27 and passes through Council Bluffs, Harlan, Perry, Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Fairfield, and Fort Madison.
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