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Ride Report: Amish Lands & Lakes 2018

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by Allen Hackney

More than a dozen WRCC members rode in the Amishland and Lakes bicycle tour out of LaGrange, Indiana this past weekend. This ride offered Saturday routes of 22, 38, 52, 67, or 100 miles over lightly traveled roads with few hills, as well as some Sunday routes for those who stayed in the area. If you are wondering whether you would like to travel out of town to bicycle in an area where “Share the Road” includes horse drawn buggies, check out the following ride report submitted by Allen Hackney. All photos from Allen Hackney except as noted.
We participated in the first day of the Amishland and Lakes bike tour on Saturday, July 29, riding the 52-mile route (which ended up at around 54 miles with the SAG stops). This was our first time at this event. [Ed. note: Allen rode with Julia and Kim. Other club members completed different mileage.]

The route is quite scenic and had mostly gentle hills, with numerous farms and horse pastures along the way. We shared the road with ma…

Ride Report: RAGBRAI 2018

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WRCC member Justin Ankeney recently participated in his first Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. In its own way, RAGBRAI is as iconic in the cycling world as the Tour de France. Several club members have previously done this ride. The route changes from year to year, so it’s always a new experience. Congratulations, Justin! And thanks for describing the ride for the rest of us! All photos were provided by Justin Ankeney.

Growing up in Galesburg, Illinois, I can remember annual coverage during the last week of July of RAGBRAI from the Davenport and Moline television stations. Each year, thousands of bicyclists pedaling across the state of Iowa for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This year marked the 46th annual trip, which starts in Western Iowa on Sunday and continues eastward through Saturday. Purists will dip the back tire of their bike in the Missouri River before setting out on Sunday, and conclude the ride with a dip of their front tire in…

Ride Across Indiana, 2018

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Ride Report: Ride Across Indiana, 2018
by John Duvall, WRCC member At 7 am on Saturday, July 21, 15 WRCC members rolled out with over 1000 other cyclists as part of RAIN 2018. This 160-mile Gran Fondo runs from Terre Haute to Richmond, Indiana. The riders braved intermittent showers and a nasty stretch of chip and seal on US 40 to reach the finish line at Earlam College. Congratulations to all our finishers but especially to first-time RAIN riders Sarah Gardner, Chantal Bristol, and Svenja Horn. The True Grit Award goes to Molly Birt, who proved she’s back from injuries sustained when she was struck by a car earlier this year. And condolences to Doug Amick who had a truly stellar ride stalled by three flats on the back half of the course. Although not officially a race, it is a timed event.

Here are the club riders by order of finish and time:

Place, Rider & Time
53 Joe Bolan 7:22
65 John Duvall 7:33
91 Doug Amick 7:45
139 Dean Thompson 8:10
185 Ken Raver, Jr. 8:36
187 Greg McDanie…