A local Father's Day tradition also celebrates a 35th anniversary Sunday.

Ride the River, a bi-state bicycle journey for the whole family, offers a 16-mile route from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Helmets are required for participants 18 and under. Bike repair services are offered along the way.

River Action's annual event offers a slightly altered route than year's past because of flood cleanup efforts on the Mississippi Riverfront recreation trails.

A highlight this weekend will be visiting the new Hyatt Hotel in East Moline, where the entire top floor is being used for the event's birthday party. Free cake and ice cream and unparalleled views of the river will be featured.

Walk-up registration and packet pickup is from 6:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at the downtown Davenport YMCA.

From event headquarters, cyclists travel to the Government Bridge on 2nd Street, crossing the river on to Arsenal Island to ride the length of the historic landmark.

After exiting on the ramp into Moline, bikers proceed to the Celebration Belle riverboat for a half-hour cruise at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. for a close-up look at the Interstate 74 bridge construction.

This portion of the ride replaces biking to Bettendorf's Leach Park on the Iowa riverfront trail and having bikes ferried to Moline. High water in Leach Park makes it unsafe to use the barge to ferry the bikes, and the boat can't handle all of the traffic, according to River Action.

While participants are riding the Celebration Belle, bikes instead will be corralled in a secure area, River Action added.

After the boat trip, the River Cities Rotary invites all participants to stop at the Hyatt for the party. Riders then retrace their route to Arsenal Island where they will continue to Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park for lawn games, food and drinks.

The ride's last leg takes cyclists back to Iowa over the Centennial Bridge.

Online registration is available until midnight tonight at GetMeRegistered.com. Walk-up sign-ups are during business hours at River Action's temporary office (736 Federal St., Suite 2302 in Davenport).

The Downtown YMCA also offers walk-up registration with packet pickup Saturday, 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All participants receive a reusable event water bottle.

All proceeds benefit River Action's "First Bridge" project, which envisions a pedestrian bridge over River Drive, connecting the riverfront trail to the new YMCA coming on the former W.G. Block property along 4th Street.

For more details, visit riveraction.org or call 563-322-2969.

Email bag: The Quad Cities Bicycle Club's summer road race starts at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Orion High School. The 24-mile event visits Andover, Cambridge and Lynn Center. Registration begins on-site at 5:15 that night. The event is free to club members and $5 for the public. For more, call James Hudson at 309-787-9660. ... The QCBC also offers rides this weekend that include breakfast (Saturday morning from Davenport's Sunderbruch Park to Muscatine and back) and ice cream (Sunday evening to and from the East Village of Davenport). Visit qcbc.org for details. ... QC's Friends of Off-Road Cycling are calling for volunteers to help rehab the local dirt trails damaged by the recent record rainfall. If you can help, visit qcforc.org and join the information thread.


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