Courage Ride 2017

Registration Fee

Adult Advanced (through August 11): $75 (NEW - includes event shirt)
Adult (starting August 12): $85
Youth (13-17): $15

Courage Ride t-shirts can be picked up the day of the ride at the registration table.

For Non-Riders

Non-riders are welcome so bring your family and friends. Breakfast tickets may be purchased on the day of our ride at Iowa Mennonite School. Lunch and snacks are available for purchase as well. Stay with us and enjoy the music all day long!

Join our team

Cancer is one of the great equalizers. The promise of a child, the aspirations of a teenager, the love of a mom or dad, the ambitions of a farmer, or CEO, or politician, or professional athlete mean nothing to cancer cells. It touches people from all walks of life and, for many of us, it's touched someone we care about.

Join us as we fight back. Let's embrace the cancer community to create an event that will give back long after we climb off our bikes. Committees are being formed and we need more caring people to join us as we truly make a difference in this world. The best part? We will do this in the spirit of camaraderie with others who care. Considering helping out? Volunteer help is always appreciated and positions are open for the annual August Courage Ride. Please do not hesitate to e-mail us at and see how you can help.

Where and When

August 19th, 2017 6:00 AM
Iowa Mennonite School
1421 540th Street Southwest
Kalona, IA 52247

All routes start and end at the same location - the IMS school. Riders start at their own time and ride at their own pace. Suggested start time for long route routes is 6:30 - 7:30. All riders should be on the route by 10:30 or 11:00.

Camping is available Friday and Saturday night. 


6am - 10am - Registration
6am - close - Silent Auction
6:30am - 9am - Breakfast
7am - Long rides begin
8am - 11am - Short and medium rides begin

Paved Route Maps


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet

Gravel Route Maps

21 Mile Route

Online Map
Cue Sheet

48 Mile Route

Online Map
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63 Mile Route

Online Map
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100 Mile Route

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What's Included

Look at everything included with the registration fee of $75 in advance or $85 after August 12th:

  • Iowa City/Coralville Hy-Vee breakfast and lunch
  • Mechanical support by World of Bikes
  • Maps
  • Plentiful free food at our rest stops
  • Live entertainment at breakfast, lunch, and rest stops
  • SAG Service
  • Free camping and showers at the Iowa Mennonite School
  • Beautiful Iowa landscape scenery on quiet country roads
  • Silent Auction items to bid on at the Iowa Mennonite School

Skin Cancer Screening

All participants and community members are encouraged to participate in the free skin screening at the Courage Ride. From 8-11am, UI Dermatologists will be in the music rooms on the 1st floor of IMS. No appointment needed. All ages are welcome.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere in the body (mouth, nails, scalp, internal organs, etc), not just on the surface of the skin. Everyone is at risk- it doesn’t discriminate by age, race or gender. Because melanoma is aggressive, monthly self-skin exams and yearly professional exams are recommended for early detection. Every hour of every day, someone dies of melanoma. Get your skin checked!

Because 90% of melanoma cases are linked to UV exposure, limit your time outdoors and DO NOT use indoor tanning devices (there is no such thing as a safe tan, regardless of what the tanning salon tells you). Incorporate these prevention tips into your daily routine to decrease your skin cancer risk and keep your skin looking healthy and young.

  • Do not burn. Ever.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 (higher SPFs don’t necessarily provide better protection).
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you actually need it.
  • Apply a shot-glass amount of sunscreen to your body every 2 hours (or sooner if swimming or sweating).
  • Wear long sleeves and pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses.
  • Enjoy the outdoors in the SHADE!
  • Plan activities in the early morning or late afternoon when UV rays aren’t as strong.

Silent Auction

Back by popular demand is our silent auction. The auction will be open until 4pm the day of the ride. Check back for more information. 

Entertainment and Rest Stops


Open 6am - 5pm
Lunch 10:30am - 1:30pm


  • Karla Miller (breakfast)
  • Mission Blue Grass (9am - 11am)
  • Winterland (11am - 1:30pm)
  • Stacy Webster & Byron Stevens (1:30pm - 3:30pm)


Open 9am - 4pm
Lunch 10:30am - 1:30pm


  • Williams & Wallace (10:30am - 1:30pm)


Open 6am - 12:30pm


  • Benjamin Stanton (8am - 10am)
  • Ace Jones (10am - 12pm)


Open 7:30am - 1pm


  • Eric Johnson (10am - 12pm)


Open 9am - 4pm

Frytown Rest Stop

Open 7am - 1pm

Keota Rest Stop

Open 7am - 5pm 


About the Talent

Ace Jones

Ace Jones is a Sunnyvale, California native Singer/Songwriter from Marion, Iowa. He writes, records, and produces his own music out of his home studio. He performs from street corners to big fairs and festivals all over the United States. His live set consists of originals and covers that he grew up listening to that ranges from pop, rock, folk, and delivers a range from high energy to somber reflection, the emotion Ace emits is stunning. He currently travels with his wife and 4 year old son Phoenix. Ace is fit to entertain people of all ages! His biggest influences are Andrew Mcmahon, Nick Torres, Matchbox 20, Blink 182, Nick Santino, Dave Smallen, Anthony Raneri and Johnny Cash.


This is Ben Stanton's third year performing at the Courage Ride. Ben will play guitar and sing mostly folk songs at the Courage Rest Stop. It's a good bet that you will hear more than one Irish folk tune during your stop here. Ben lives in Washington, Iowa.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a local sound engineer, musician and veritable rock music scholar. He will be spinning songs from his personal collection that are sure to delight, excite and stimulate your ears as well as touch your heart.


Karla Miller is a singer/guitarist and sometimes songwriter from Coralville, Iowa. She has played guitar for 52 years and sung all of her life. Miller has performed with several other local musicians over the past 45 years or so at many venues, including bars, benefits, churches, rallies, parties, and Fireside Winery. Her music covers several genres. In the 70’s and 80’s, Karla played “Women’s Music” and political music, as well. She and her band once opened for Holly Near. Karla has played with Laurie Haag, Tess Catalano, Brian Lewis, among others. She was part of a group of a local musical review focused on anti-war and anti-oppression music. The review included Pigs and Clover, the Machine, Jesus Don’t Like Killing, and Greg and Jean Thompson. Karla performed as Voice of Reason. These acts focused on anti-war, feminist/humanist, anti-oppression music and songs of empowerment. Karla also has enjoyed playing children’s music and songs for almost all occasions.

Karla has been involved with Seth Bailey’s Courage Ride since its inception, serving on the board, taking pictures, and singing music. She highly respects the Bailey family and believes deeply in this cause.


The Mission Bluegrass Band is a faith based group consisting of 4 members from the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty. Three members also play in the Mission Praise Band at the church. Members are Lyle Mueller on banjo and vocals, Dave Jansen on guitar and vocals, Jim Mitchell on guitar and vocals and Dennis Boyd on bass and vocals. The group has been together for several years and primarily performs at retirement centers, nursing homes and fund raisers. They like to play the old time Bluegrass Gospels and some American Folk Songs.

Stacy Webster & Byron Stevens

Byron Stevens (upright bass) and Stacy Webster (acoustic guitar) play a wide range of American roots music styles. Classic country, delta blues, bluegrass, folk music from the 60's and even rock songs converted to the timbre of an acoustic duo. No matter your age or musical tastes, you will definitely find something to like in their repertoire!


Mike and Rob have known of each other for about 20 years but never played in the same bands.  In 2006 Rob asked Mike if he'd like to try doing a few duo gigs. Mike was busy playing solo acoustic shows and working with his band Electric Mule. Still Mike had a few open dates in his calendar and decided why not give it a try.  From the very first gig it was obvious there was a chemistry there. From the feedback from the crowds and the club owners, Mike and Rob knew they had a hit act on their hands.

Mike Williams (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals) - An Iowa Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2013, Mike has gained the reputation of being one of Iowa's most talented musicians. He has been signed to two recording contracts, recorded four albums, has received two Grammy Nominations, and has won the coveted Martin Country Guitar Championship. He has also had the exciting opportunity of working for CMA Label of the Year, Centaur Records from Los Angeles, CA.
Rob Wallace (Vocals, Percussion) - Rob Wallace has extensive experience as a lead vocalist on the eastern Iowa music scene for over 20 years, and has fronted several popular eastern Iowa bands including Stranded in Iowa, Jampact, The Toysand Strange Exchange. Rob lived in Los Angeles in the mid 80's, fronting vocals for an aspiring L.A. rock band to a record contract. In the early 90's Rob made his way to Nashville, recording background vocals for several studios and recording his original songs with several Nashville up and coming artists including back up band members for veterans Susie Bogus and Wynonna Judd. Rob will bring his distinctive vocal talents to sing the rock, country and R&B songs people want to hear and dance to in eastern Iowa.


Specializing in (but not limited to) the Grateful Dead’s music from 1969 through the late 1970s, Winterland has lit a wildfire of excitement in its growing audiences of fans who flock, in droves, to every single one of their shows … and for good reason: Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk, and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they explored the wild and experimental frontiers of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with an uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, sound and emotional connection with the audience – that almost indefinable something that, according to audience feedback, Dead fans are currently hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Though Winterland’s seasoned musicians – Stacy Webster, James Robinson, Nick Vasquez, Byron Stevens, Kevin Wulf and Jon Wilson – play music ranging from jazz, bluegrass, experimental rock like Primus and Zappa, soul, funk and rock n roll, they all have one thing in common: an appreciation for – or, in the case of some – a passion for the music of the Grateful Dead. And all of them are thrilled by the unprecedented success that their relatively young band has gained in the Midwestern region.