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“So far we’ve been very, very lucky to prepare everyone,” he said.
Repairs and tune-ups are not the only preparation the workshop must do before the start of RAGBRAI. People in and out of state ship bikes to the store, and staff have to assemble and adjust them.
It is estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 people will visit the bike shop and Richards said they will receive additional help this week to meet any needs.
On July 25, riders will leave Le Mars for Sac City, an 83.8 mile trip. Sac City stepped in as the night host for Sunday after RAGBRAI’s 2020 pick, near Storm Lake, pulled out of this year’s race.
On Sunday, the route will pass through the northwestern Iowa towns of Oyens, Remsen, Cherokee, Aurelia, Alta, and Early before settling in Sac City for the night.
Cherokee has been designated as the Sunday “hangout town” where bikers can encounter RVs, buses and other vehicles driven by their support teams.
RAGBRAI has its roots in August 1973, when a Des Moines Register editor / editor teamed up with a Register columnist to cycle the state from west to east, documenting the 412 mile journey in the newspaper.
The first ride started in Sioux City with around 300 runners, 114 of whom are said to have crossed the state. A number of additional riders joined the route on the stage between Ames and Des Moines.