Courage Ride

Registration Fee

Early Bird Adult (through August 10): $75
Adult (starting August 11): $85
Youth (13-17): $15

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 18th, 2018 6:00am
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 - 2:30pm - Silent Auction
6:30am - 9:30am - Breakfast
7am - Long rides begin
8am - 11am - Short and medium rides begin

Route Maps


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
 Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet


Online Map
Cue Sheet


What's Included

Look at everything included with the registration fee:

  • Breakfast and lunch by Hy-Vee
  • Mechanical support by Geoff's
  • 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 2:30pm the day of the ride. We ask that all baked goods and perishable items be picked up the day of the event. If the winning bidder is unable to take those items before close then the items will be offered to the runner-up. 

About the Talent

IMS Breakfast

Karla Miller

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, taking pictures and playing music. She highly respects the Bailey family and believes deeply in this cause.

Courage Rest Stop

Stacy Webster and Byron Stevens
8am - 10am

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!


Ace Jones
10am - 12pm

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.

IMS Rest Stop

The Cedar Junction Band
9:30am - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 3:30pm

Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s catalog and sound from 1969 through the late 1970s, 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 outer reaches of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, tonality and, in particular, emotional relationship with the audience. Walk into any given Winterland show and witness firsthand: every face is radiant, reflecting the elation of sharing - with the band and with each other - the pure, innovative, beautifully complex music of the Dead. This interconnectedness, which breaks down the barriers between people and music and allows everyone to become collaborators in an elusive web of fleeting, living art, represents an essential unity of musical experience. In other words, what Winterland has attained has proven to be a microcosm of the feat that the Grateful Dead of the late ‘60s to the late ‘70s achieved and escalated to a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. It is a thing of subtle and wily magic, not to be missed.

Band members include:

  • Byron Stevens-bass/vocals
  • Nick Vasquez-keyboards/vocals
  • Stacy Webster-lead guitar/vocals
  • Kevin Wulf-guitar
  • Chad Scott-drums

Wellman Rest Stop

Eric Johnson
10am - 12pm

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. 

North English Rest Stop

Shortcut to Nowhere
10:30am - 1:30pm

StN is a good-time band for anyone that has rock n' roll memories from the 70’s through the 2000's. The repertoire has ranged from The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, John Cougar, Cheap Trick and Tom Petty. They primarily play for private parties and fundraisers for both families and non-profit agencies including United Way of East Central Iowa, Tanager, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, Especially for You Breast Cancer Race, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and many more, but love to grab a couple "just for fun" gigs throughout the year. 

Band members include:

  • Ben Engle-drums
  • Dan Engle-lead guitar and keys
  • Rue Patel-bass
  • Dan Kuempel-rhythm guitar
  • Shannon Ousley-lead vocals