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RAGBRAI inspection team pre-rides route to check safety

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Sioux County, IA (ABC9 News) - Next month roughly 20,000 cyclists are expected to hit the country roads of Iowa for RAGBRAI.

But before they do, an inspection team of 25 experienced cyclists pre-ride the route making sure its safe.

One thing they do is check for heavy traffic patterns.

"If trucks are coming from an ethanol plant or from a quarry or something like that, we talk to that company and say can you look at shifting your trucks for a couple of hours and let the bikes get through,” said TJ Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director.

The 418 mile ride across the state has all kinds of twists, turns, hills and road conditions.

The crew will point out areas that may be unsafe and will warn cyclists about them before they go out.

"We are really blessed to have some great engineers and DOT and everybody looking out on how we can make this ride as safe as possible. We'll also warn the cyclists because it's also the cyclists' responsibility to be very defensive out there,” said Juskiewicz.

This year's ride starts in Rock Valley and will end in Guttenberg with many town stops in between.

When they come into town, the team double checks to make sure services like bathrooms and water are sufficient.

But don't think the ride is all work and no play this crew will be working the week of RABGRAI, so they make sure to live it up and have some fun along the way.

"We try to replicate a lot of RABGIRA. We'll stop and enjoy ourselves along the way. There's some business along the way, but there's also a lot of fun,” said Juskiewicz.

RAGBRAI is July 20th through the 26th.

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