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Rider overcomes fear to reach childhood RAGBRAI goal

  • 27 July, 2016
  • Morgan Gstalter

HUMESTON, Ia. — Cindy Perry told her mother when she was 13 that she was going to finish a full week of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa before she was 40.

“Because it (being 40) seemed really far away,” Perry said. “But then time goes by quickly and you just think, ‘oh, crap.'”

Perry, who will turn 40 next June, is halfway through her first ride, nearly 27 years  after making that promise in Waterloo,

Cindy Perry in front of the Villisca Axe Murder House while riding RAGBRAI XLIV. Cindy Perry/Special to the Register

It would have happened sooner, but about a year after she set her goal, she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle during her freshman year in high school.

She has only a few scars dotted along her forearm now, but after the collision it was years before she was comfortable on a two-wheeler again.

“I didn’t and I wouldn’t ride a bike for at least three years after that,” Perry said.

One day, shortly after her older brother left for college, she spotted his bike left behind in the family’s garage. It was the silent confidence boost she needed.

“I got back on, even if it was only for a short time,” Perry said.

The anxiety while riding is still there a little bit, especially on big hills or when there is a lot of traffic whizzing by, but Perry knows she is making it Muscatine this week.

The investment accountant who now lives in Winterset is an avid runner and CrossFitter. She bought her bike in April and has had her mom rooting for her.

“She said, ‘You can’t quit. You have got to get that tire dipped,'” Perry said.

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