- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - This summer’s route for a popular bike ride across Iowa has been set and tested, and participants are being forewarned that the first day will be the hardest.

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa will begin July 19 in Sioux City, the Sioux City Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1KgNFPP ). The ride will pass through Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha and Coralville before wrapping up July 25 in Davenport.

RAGBRAI organizers recently finished a weeklong test of the route. Around 30 cyclists pedaled the 462 miles across the state to inspect the roads and meet with local leaders.

Bill Lane, Sioux City RAGBRAI committee chairman, said the first day from Sioux City to Storm Lake will be the hilliest.

“We do about 4,000 feet of total climbing, which is around double to triple what the rest of the week is going to be on any day,” Lane said.

Lane said he and other testers didn’t see “any big difficulties” along the route that would pose enough of a threat to cyclists to require a route change.

Riders should put a little extra effort into practice this year, even if they want to ride just one or two days, Siouxland Cyclists vice president Kati Bak said.

“For anyone that’s wanting to do the first day, I’d recommend they practice on some hills,” Bak said.

She suggested bicycling 10 to 15 miles per day at least twice a week, from now until the event.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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