Sea of riders and tents forming in Rock Valley

The long anticipated flood has finally arrived in Rock Valley. After a slow start this morning, the asphalt downtown is disappearing beneath a sea of bike jerseys, food carts, merchandise tents and festive faces at the 2014 RAGBRAI Expo. A steady rush of cyclists ramped up around 3 p.m., according  to organizers. With it comes
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Health setbacks take backseat for 2 riders

The road to RAGBRAI, which begins Sunday in Rock Valley, lasted years for Joe Gantner and Debra Tapp. They are among the many riders who each year look forward to the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa as an opportunity to demonstrate victory over obstacles in their lives. Gantner, of Cedar Rapids, and Tapp,
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Hot, muggy weather forecast for RAGBRAI start

RAGBRAI riders will have to endure hot, muggy weather as they begin their trek across the state, meteorologists said. An air mass bringing warm, moist air will start moving into Iowa on Sunday, said meteorologist Rod Donavon of the National Weather Service office in Johnston. The weekend will have mostly sunny skies and highs in
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