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23 Jul

RAGBRAI-made couple celebrated 20 years of marriage with family-filled ride

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They've told the story many times: When her husband proposed, Carla Leyen was thinking about being mooned.

23 Jul

Winterset couple displays bicycle of late son, who may have been youngest RAGBRAI rider in 1985

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When the Winterset couple learned that RAGBRAI was coming through their town, they decided to dig their late son’s old blue Schwinn out of storage to display in their bakery’s ...

22 Jul

‘Mr. Pork Chop saved my life yesterday’ says Houston man who added his own challenge to RAGBRAI

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Just bicycling across Iowa wasn’t enough of a challenge for this Houston man, so he attached an extra 50 pounds to his bike to force himself to slow down and ...

22 Jul

California friends riding RAGBRAI for first time: ‘It’s good to experience the heartland of America’

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“I just couldn’t get enough of the beauty around here, the rolling hills and the gorgeous homes and yards,” said the California woman experiencing Iowa for the first time on ...

21 Jul

2 decades later, Minnesota entrepreneur still selling bicycle bracelets to eager RAGBRAI riders

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Michael Murphy has been riding RAGBRAI since 1996 and making an entrepreneur of himself for almost as long.

21 Jul

Johnston man takes on duties of Captain America for first RAGBRAI

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“At that point, it’s not about Captain America,” said the 53-year-old Johnston man who helped direct traffic as first responders helped a man who fell off his bike Sunday.

21 Jul

Grimes man bikes with 9-year-old son, carries on tradition of riding young

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In the Johansen family, joining RAGBRAI around age 8 is a rite of passage. Max, now 9, enjoys passing his dad, Eric.