When it comes to a 468-mile bike ride across Iowa, there's a lot to be intimidated by.
Greg George of Elk Point, SD said, "Heat, lot of hills, lot of people, lot of miles."
So some dedicated cyclists are making sure
they're prepared for it all. They're throwing on their helmets at least 3
times a week for rides with mileage in the double digits.
Sioux City's Barbara Anne Huculak said, "You
want to be able to start slow and build up 'butt' time on the seat and
build up endurance but by the time you're doing RAGBRAI you should be
doing some70 mile days."
Because once RAGBRAI takes off in Sioux
Center, the cyclists will be biking more than60 miles a day. And even
before that, there's Sioux City's i-Gran Fondo ride to Sioux Center
which is up to 100 miles.
But some bike-aholic's say it's more pleasure than work.
Huculak said, "I think it gets you outside.
You're with a group of health-conscious individuals. Maybe there's an
endorphin high, who knows. But there's something spiritual as well as
the physical element of it and it makes it a lot of fun."
And you don't have to be training to bike in
this group. It takes off every Tuesday at around 6:30 from Navarette's
Training Organizer Kathy Roberts said, "It is
not competitive at all. It is very family-friendly. We've got some
folks with families out here. It doesn't matter what style of bike that
you have. If you can do about 20 miles, you can come ride with us on
So don't forget the training is all in
preparation for Sioux City's Gran Fondo ride to Sioux Center on the 21st
and of course, RAGBRAI kicks off the very next day.