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Friday, July 26, 2013

RAGBRAI

This week was the 41st annual RAGBRAI bike ride across Iowa. Started in 1973 by two Des Moines Register columnists, it has grown to a huge event attracting tens of thousands of riders.

Now you might be thinking that a 468-mile bike ride across glorious Iowa is not your thing, but people really love it.

Many of the people who participate in RAGBRAI aren’t serious, dedicated cyclists. They just want to get out there and celebrate this Midwest tradition with friends and family. It truly is a one-of-a-kind event, with people wearing quirky costumes, eating pie for breakfast and relaxing with hundreds of other tired bikers at the end of the day. Then you get up and do it all over again.

It’s a great way to experience Iowa in a new and exciting way. Cruising down country roads on two wheels, with rows of corn stretching north to Minnesota and south to Missouri, is truly a beautiful sight (check out some of the photos from Thursday’s ride).

And what a sense of accomplishment, to dip your back tire in the Missouri river, ride across and entire state, then dip your front wheel in the Mississippi.

So what do you say? Maybe if we all start training now we will be ready for RAGBRAI 2014.

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