The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) was again celebrated this week, bringing thousands of cyclists into area communities such as Perry, Minburn, Dallas Center, and Van Meter.
Riders in Perry experienced a heat wave as they entered into town including Paul Freeman (pictured bottom left) of Chicago and Ted Sierab of South Dakota who are just two retired airline pilots who make up Team Jet Lag.
“We’ve known each other for 40 years,” Freeman said. “It’s not the heat, but the stupidity that keeps us coming year after year. We have a great time.”
Freeman has ridden for 8 years and said his team goes by the motto of “Lightening Fast.”
“We try to start lightening fast, but that sometimes isn’t the case…we made pretty good time today (in Perry) though,” Freeman said.
Other riders like John Killip of Ankeny has been a part of RAGBRAI for 15 years as part of Team Achin’ Knee.
“It just gets in your blood.” he said. “It’s a time where you get a week to escape your job, your family, your life and just relax with friends.”
Riders started their 7-day journey in Council Bluffs on Sunday, July 21, and then made their way to their second overnight in Perry on Monday. They will end their journey on Saturday, July 27 in Fort Madison.