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      Biking Van Buren County

      Hundreds of bicyclists trekked through the county roads and highways of Van Buren County Saturday, August 20 as part of the 25th Annual Bike Van Buren.

      Saturday's route covered 73 miles and passed through seven villages.

      When bikers got tired or needed a break, local churches and businesses held fundraisers where they provided them with water and snacks like ice cream.

      KTVO spoke to many of the bikers on the roadside to see what they thought of the ride.

      "I've always wanted to do this ride but as you know it can be really brutally hot in August so this year when we had mild temperatures, I said we just got to go," said Jackie Loveall, of Central Missouri.

      Jackie and her husband Tony took the day off from work Friday to head to Keosauqua for the ride.

      "I appreciate the idea that these support the smaller communities, the little towns," said Brad McKee, a cyclist from Drakesville, Iowa. "The money that they bring in, that's kind of a big boom to their economy that they're not used to."

      Sunday's route covers 42 miles and four villages.

      If you are interested in participating, registration is between 7 and 8 am at the Keosauqua City Park and it costs $30 per person.

      Also on Sunday the Keosauqua Lions Club will be holding a breakfast fundraiser from 7-10 am.

      To commemorate Bike Van Buren's 25th anniversary, the Villages of Van Buren sold bike jerseys specially designed with the event's logo. For more information, go to their website.