Bikers ride on despite weather

Bike riders set out early Saturday morning to see what the 'Villages of Van Buren' have to offer.

As cloud cover and rain rolled into the area, bikers rolled out to embark on the 28th Annual Bike Van Buren. Passing showers didn't stop bikers from going out on an adventure through the Villages of Van Buren on Saturday.

"I call it adventure biking, there might be a few less riders but the serious and the hearty ones, we just ride right through it," said Shawna Shettler, a participant from Wayland, Iowa.

This was the first time in recent years where it has rained this heavily during the event.

"I've been in this position for fifteen years, and this is the first time that it has rained on Saturday. Several years ago we had some really light sprinkles on Sunday, but typically Sunday is a slower day. So yeah, this is quite the experience for me as well," said Stacey Reese, Villages of Van Buren Executive Director.

The Keosauqua Lions provided an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast for riders and members of the community. Riders could also enter in a raffle contest for a chance to win a new bicycle.

"The Keosauqua Lions are great. They are doing an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast this morning and tomorrow morning as well from seven to ten. And they are doing a raffle for an awesome bicycle from Bickels Cycling and Fitness in Burlington, and our local community First Bank partnered with the Lions, they purchased the bike and they are going to raffle it off," added Reese.

The Bike Van Buren event continues on Sunday, where event planners and bikers are hoping for better weather. If interested in riding tomorrow, registration will run from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Keosauqua City Park. Many stops along the route will offer hospitality options such as water, sandwiches and cookies.