Trans-Iowa Bicycle Tour Still On, If Flooding Doesn’t Worsen
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Boats are still the vehicles of choice in much of Iowa, but thousands of bicycles are being readied for an annual 525-mile tour across drier parts of the state.
Managers at The Des Moines Register are closely watching flooded areas as they plan for RAGBRAI XXI, short for The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
″We’re continuing to monitor every overnight town to see what the situation is there. We’re also following the route and seeing what it’s like,″ said Jane Croll, Register promotion manager. ″At this point it looks good.″
She noted that the ride is through northern Iowa, away from most of the flooding in central and southern Iowa.
The ride usually attracts 8,000 participants, many from out of state. This year’s ride begins July 25 in Sioux City at the Missouri River on the state’s western edge and ends July 31 in Dubuque, where the swollen Mississippi River has been receding.
Croll said Register officials are examining the resources needed for the ride - from showers and portable toilets to medical facilities.
Managers should decide by Friday whether the floods will stop the ride. Registered riders would be mailed information Saturday advising them of any changes.