Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
Those people who prefer to take the road less traveled will have the opportunity to explore the back roads of Jefferson County on Saturday.
Bike Fairfield is putting on its second annual Jefferson County Level B Service Ride on Saturday.
Riders will roll out from Central Park in Fairfield between 6 and 9 a.m. to trek one of three routes.
The “Too Legit to Quit” route covers 31.4 miles, with 11.1 miles on dirt roads.
The route moves northeast out of Fairfield as far north as 136th Street before turning southwest to return to Fairfield.
The “Eat My Shorts” route covers 50.8 miles, with 17.5 miles on dirt roads.
The route heads northeast to 136th Street, northwest to 115th Street, southwest to Packwood Road and southeast back to Fairfield.
The longest route is “The Beast,” a 117.2 mile ride that traverses 36.3 miles of dirt roads.
The route moves northeast, then west to Pleasant Plain and crosses north of Packwood.
It then moves south along Ash Avenue to Batavia, then southeast to 105th Road, east on 270th Street, crossing Highway 1, continuing east to Henry-Jefferson Avenue, then north and west back to Fairfield.
All routes include water and snack stations along the way, as well as SAG -- supplies and gear -- support.
Because of the length of “The Beast,” riders must reach the Batavia checkpoint by 2 p.m. to continue to have SAG support.
Riders are instructed to bring helmets, flashing bike lights, water bottles, tools to fix a flat and a GPS device.
Helmets and flashers are mandatory and will be checked at the start of the ride.
Registration is $30 and includes $10 in Chamber Bucks that can be spent at a number of Fairfield-area businesses.
Riders can register online or in person on the morning of the ride.
For more information, contact Darien Sloat at the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 641-472-2111.