Even though this years 420 RAGBRAI route is the third-shortest in history, it doesn't mean it's easy. Cyclists train for months.
Climbing hills and pedaling past the point of no return is what it takes just to get ready.
Most riders are just in it to finish. Every year a few brave souls attempt the, "Century Loop."
It's an extra lap that makes the day's leg almost 100 miles long, hence the name, " Century Loop."
Carrick Rice is one rider who does it every year. " I do the extra loop every year. So I guess I just like punishing myself a little bit."
The scenic route is also called the John Karras loop, named after the man who co-founded RAGBRAI in 1973.
The cycling celebrity was at this year's halfway point at Rathbun Lake.
Karras doesn't mind all of the attention and says the best thank you is seeing more and more people each year doing RAGBRAI for the first time.
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