Iowa Ultra-Cyclist Starts 3,000-Mile Race Across Country

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OCEANSIDE, California  --  Friends of Iowa ultra-cyclist Sarah Cooper say she appeared cool and calm as she made her way to the start of what is described as the world's toughest bicycle race.

Cooper is at the start of the Race Across America, which starts in Oceanside, California, and ends in Annapolis, Maryland. Cooper took off from Oceanside just before 2 p.m. Iowa time on Tuesday, and hopes to make the 3,000-mile trek in 12 days or less.

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