A lot of small towns on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa see more people in their town during the race than they do all year.

For towns like New Hampton, that means it’s the time to bring out the big guns.

New Hampton hasn’t hosted riders since 1977, and the town wanted to make sure it stood out.

An impressive bike arch welcomed riders to the town on day five of the trek.

“We were trying to find something that would set New Hampton apart,” says utility manager Brian Quirk. “We wanted something that would maybe showcase New Hampton and something people would remember us by.”

The bike arch took weeks of planning, as well as days of welding and zip-tying to put together.

Townspeople donated all the bikes, and sold sandwiches to raise money for a new bike bath that will be home to the arch.

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