Seven kids and three adult chaperones will ride the Thursday route of RAGBRAI this year with the support of the Iowa City Police Department.

The Neighborhood Center of Johnson County’s Youth Off-Road Riders Cycling Program (YORR) provides area youth who have an interest in cycling with the coaching and camaraderie needed to help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cycling goals in a safe and enjoyable manner. Members of this group who cycle regularly, will ride on Thursday, July 27 from Charles City to Cresco, covering 54.6 miles and 2,257 feet of climb.

The Iowa City Police Department is providing the resources for a sag wagon, meals and overnight camping in Cresco at Harvest Farm Campground Resort, 3690 318th Ave., Cresco. That’s located about 12.6 miles from the town of Cresco.

Any rider from the Iowa City area is welcome to stop by the campsite and say hello to these young riders. The group will pack-up and return to Iowa City on Friday.  

This trip is part of the Iowa City Police Department’s ongoing effort to develop relationships between officers, youth and families. It is also part of a larger City initiative to encourage more people, including children and families, to ride bicycles.

For questions or additional information, contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275 or Special thanks to YORR Youth Program Director Anthony Branch for his help in coordinating this special event.

RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bike ride across the state. It is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. 

Date of publication

Thursday, July 20, 2017