CENTERVILLE — Temps on the rise but a slight breeze helped RAGBRAI riders coast from Indianola to Centerville on Wednesday’s 88-mile route. Or, if you took the Karras Loop, 120 miles.
Today was a much more difficult ride. Double the distance of yesterday. Then there are the brave souls who go for more on the Karras Loop. It’s an extra 32 miles over and above the 80 miles today, named for the late founder of RAGBRAI John Karras. It went around Lake Rathbun and Honey Creek Resort.
Two cyclists on RAGBRAI are in the hospital. A 22-year-old woman had to be air lifted by Mercy Air One to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. She has head injuries and is in critical condition. The other rider, a male, had serious enough injuries to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. Both happened just outside of Indianola on Tuesday.
Another rider went down on Wednesday’s route. Iowa State Patrol said a group of Johnston-Grimes volunteer firefighters were riding when they found the man and started CPR almost immediately. A State Trooper activated his defibrillator and successfully got a pulse. The man was then life-flighted to Des Moines and was alert and talking. The Iowa State Patrol said if it wasn’t for that medical device, the man would have died.