The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

July 28, 2012

Clinton welcomes RAGBRAI

CLINTON — Today will be a banner day in Clinton, with thousands of bicyclists coming into the city from the northwest as they head to the Ninth Avenue North boat ramp and the end of the week-long Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, commonly known as RAGBRAI.

Check out our complete RAGBRAI coverage, along with photos.

Riders throughout this morning, into the afternoon and possibly evening will dip their front tires in the Mississippi River as they mark the end of a ride that began July 21 in Sioux Center.

Rolling into Anamosa on Friday morning, bicyclists participating in RAGBRAI were finishing up the shortest leg of the seven-day ride -- a little more than 42 miles.



Friday also provided a much-needed break in the oppressive heat that plagued the riders throughout much of the week. Many riders said Thursday night’s cooler weather lent itself to the first good night’s sleep they had during this year’s trek.

Arlyn and Mary Sue VanderEide, members of Clinton’s River Bend Bicycle Club, made the ride from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa on Friday morning as part of the seventh RAGBRAI they have completed.

Near the club’s miniature tent city in an Anamosa baseball field, Mary Sue said Friday this RAGBRAI has been deemed the hottest one in RAGBRAI’s 40-year history; the couple, who ride a tandem bicycle, said their plan was to start their daily ride as early as possible each day to avoid as much of the afternoon sun as possible.

“We would take off as soon as we could see,” Arlyn said.

The couple are looking forward to ending the ride in Clinton today, just miles from their Illinois home — and it’s not just because there will be friendly and familiar faces there to greet them after the 471-mile ride.

“Of all the towns where we’ve ended, Clinton’s got the best riverfront,” Arlyn said.

View photos from Friday in Anamosa:



The ride began a week ago today in Sioux Center, with overnight stops in Cherokee, Lake View, Webster City, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids and Anamosa on Friday. Today’s ride will come in around 70 miles.

The event is celebrating its 40th year and is the longest, largest and oldest bicycle touring event in the world. Clinton has served as the end city four previous times — 1978, 1985, 1994 and 2004.

Local organizers learned in January the city had been picked as this year’s endpoint and have been meeting consistently to pick the local route, set up parking and assistance for riders, and organize vendors and entertainment for today’s festivities.

Not only will the bicyclists swell the city’s population for the day, but they will be joined by buses and other vehicles that have supported riders throughout the event. After arriving in Clinton today, many of those riders will depart on charter buses to head for home.

Not the VanderEides, however.

After dipping their tires, they are thinking of making the 5-mile ride to their house by bicycle.

“After 70 miles, what’s five more,” Arlyn said.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • photo-55.JPG UPDATE: 17-year-old fell, airlifted at Eagle Point Park (with VIDEO)

    A 17-year-old male was airlifted to Iowa City Monday afternoon after he fell approximately 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park. The male was not identified by authorities.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook