Weather insurance policy will help Perry recoup costs of storm

Organizers in Perry were well aware that often at least one overnight town along the RAGBRAI route gets rained out. They met earlier with officials from last year’s overnight towns, including Marshalltown, which was hit with severe storms during it’s stop. “We were all hoping that wouldn’t be us,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of
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Showers, sandwiches in high demand at Waterworks Park

There are few frills at the RAGBRAI campsite in Des Moines’ Waterworks Park. But after spending the morning on the road, turkey sandwiches and hot showers are luxuries in their own right. “Showers are good, food is good,” said Mitsie Smith, 30, of Omaha. “It’s pretty basic.” The Waterworks campground is actually a cut above
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Dwarf wrestling draws large crowd in Dallas Center

Dwarf wrestling drew a large crowd of RAGBRAI riders in Dallas Center on Tuesday. “I cannot believe how crazy it is,” said Tiffany Filloon, owner of The Longest Yard. “We definitely gave them a reason to stick around.” The event faced some roadblocks earlier in the summer when at a May Dallas Center City Council
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RAGBRAI’s earliest riders roll into Des Moines, for a variety of reasons

Only a smattering of people walked about Des Moines’ RAGBRAI Village by 11 a.m., surveying the tents lining downtown’s Court Avenue and Locust Street bridges. Very few wore bike jerseys. Leigh Wilcox, a 62-year-old RAGBRAI veteran from West Des Moines, was among the first handful of riders to arrive in the event’s largest overnight town
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Des Moines stop like home for Tennessee cyclist

C.T. Thongklin (MARY STEGMEIR / The Register) For C.T. Thongklin, RAGBRAI’s overnight stop in Des Moines offers an opportunity to connect with old friends. The 36-year-old moved from Omaha to Nashville last year and is using this year’s ride to connect with colleagues from the Midwest. “Iowa, honestly, is home,” said Thongkin, a graduate of
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Secret to stopping a rider in your town: Frozen Snickers

By 10 a.m. today, hundreds of riders had whizzed through Valley Junction — the approximate 40-mile mark of a 50-mile day — where dozens of vendors had set up in the streets with enticing food, beverages and entertainment. Meanwhile fourth-year RAGBRAI rider Barney Barnhart, of Wala Wala, Wash. sat in front of Green Grounds Cafe
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Color wars help fund construction of new Dallas Center pool

RAGBRAI riders may be caught in a color war while riding through Dallas Center on Tuesday. The Dallas Center community is holding color wars to raise money to build a new pool. “Basically, our old pool is sinking,” said Shellie Pullen, new pool committee member. “The concrete is sinking.” People can pay $20 for a
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RAGBRAI riders make best of a stormy night

PERRY– RAGBRAI riders sought shelter anywhere they could Monday from the heavy rain, hail and lightening that began a little after 8 p.m. They stood in hotel lobbies, packed restaurants and even retreated to car wash bays. Jeff Osboe was in Jamaica when Iowa State Patrol officers told riders they had to get on the
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Register Exclusive: Armstrong says Iowans have been supportive

By Bryce Miller, Register sports columnist brmiller@dmreg.com PERRY, IA. — Returning to the seat of a bicycle under the broiling glare of a July sun in Iowa created a pedal-powered litmus test for cycling icon Lance Armstrong. Would people forgive doping charges that led to one of the world’s most prominent athletes being stripped of seven
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