Riders conquer large hills in the bluffs of northeast Iowa
- 29 July, 2017
LANSING, Ia. — Riders were greeted with at least four intense climbs on the final day of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
But they were also treated with some of the most scenic views before dipping their tires into the Mississippi River here.
The RAGBRAI pre-ride crew dubbed today’s 44-mile ride from Waukon to Lansing “perhaps the most beautiful ride ever.”And riders agreed.
“There was a fog setting in this morning that complimented the hills and bluffs really nicely,” said Jared Leppert of Manson, Iowa. “It was an extra, added bonus.”
“It was gorgeous,” added 16-year-old Danielle Ruane of Geneva, Illinois.
Saturday’s route was in the Driftless Area of Iowa whose topography consists of limestone bluffs and forested valleys. This area was untouched when glaciers moved in and flattened the rest of Iowa.With that beautiful scenery also came the hilliest route of the 45th annual RAGBRAI. There were four main hills to conquer.
And riders felt it.
“I used low gear today more than any other day,” said Jerry Greif, 60, of Vinton, Iowa. “The hills were really long — there were three of them that never ended.”
Perhaps it’s just an added sense of accomplishment for the estimated 10,000 riders who completed the 411-mile trek across Iowa.
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