At this time next Sunday, thousands of riders will be finishing the first leg of RAGBRAI as they bike from Rock Valley to Okoboji.
Some of those riders will be participating in the week long ride across Iowa for the first time, but “Team YoYo”, a group of 17 metro riders is full of veterans eager to take on the 418 mile route.
“We like to ride, but we like to enjoy RAGBRAI,” said Roger McGregor, a RAGBRAI rider.
The team is equipped with a van, RV, and trailer. Riders take it slowly, rolling out each day with the bulk of the riders.
“You’re on RAGBRAI to share it with 20,000 people. You do want to get up and get out by 7 or 8,” Tom Sawyer, a rider, told Channel 13 News.
Taking it slowly allows the team to stop in as many passerby towns as possible, something they say is essential to the experience.
“This is not a race. This is not a competition. Stop at those towns,” said McGregor.
Of course, 418 miles can be draining. After a week on the road, members of the team say if you can swing it to take an extra day.
“I took Monday off. Take an extra day,” said Ashley Tatum, a rider.
Make sure to tune in during the week of RAGBRAI.
Our very own Stephanie Moore and photojournalist Mike Borland will ride from Monday to Thursday giving you an inside look from the trails.