Statewide bicycle ride canceled again

The annual RAGABRAI ride, pictured here in 2018, is the oldest and largest recreational bicycle tour of its kind. Submitted photo

The statewide bicycle ride that was initially designed to compete with RAGBRAI is finding it can’t compete with COVID-19. Iowa’s Ride is being modified and this year will be Iowa’s Ride Weekender.

Organizers had hoped to go from Iowa’s eastern border to the west, the opposite direction of RAGBRAI, but several overnight stops have pulled out due to the pandemic.

The event will now be held July 16th through the 18th. RAGBRAI will start the following weekend and runs July 25th through the 31st, pedaling 454 miles from Le Mars to Clinton.

— Radio Iowa