The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) will roll through Lucas County beginning in the early hours of Wednesday, July 24. To beat the heat riders often hit the road by 5 a.m. and average approximately 10 miles per hour.

“We could begin to see riders coming into Chariton by 8 or 8:30 a.m. Wednesday,” said Chariton RAGBRAI Committee co-chair Connie Hendricks of Connecticut Yankee Pedaller. “Thankfully the forecast is for a bit cooler temperatures next week, but many riders will want to begin the 84.3-mile ride between Indianola and Centerville in the cooler morning hours.” The Karras Loop, also called the Century Ride, is set for Wednesday and adds 32.3 miles to the trip so cyclists have bragging rights by logging 116.6 miles in a single day. Regardless of the miles ridden that day, the Chariton community is ready to greet RAGBRAI with its trademark hospitality and warmth.

The public is encouraged to join the fun, mingle with the riders and support the more than 30 food and beverage vendors setting up around the Lucas County Courthouse and Chariton Square. Live music will be provided beginning at 10 a.m. Fun and games for everyone will be offered in the form of bathtub races, human tractor pulls, Knockerball, and a football toss with the Chariton Chargers Football team, to name but a few. Look for picnic tables on the shady courthouse lawn and photo opportunities with Old Betsy. Keeping everyone safe is the most important consideration as the community welcomes the riders and their support crews.

Read the July 23, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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