The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Iowa's Ride could have flat tire

Sheldon opts out of being overnight host


March 11, 2021


RAGBRAI riders pass through Hartley in July of 2017. A competing event, Iowa's Ride, is slated to pass through both O'Brien and Clay counties in July.

An upstart cross-state bike ride is facing an uphill climb.

Iowa's Ride, which was established in 2019, was supposed to traverse the Hawkeye State from east to west last July on its inaugural trip. It was slated to pass through northwest Iowa with overnight stops in Emmetsburg, Sheldon and Rock Rapids, but the COVID-19 pandemic slammed the brakes on the event.

The ride was postponed to the summer of 2021; however, speculation about its viability has grown significantly in recent months. The mounting uncertainty led Sheldon's Iowa's Ride Committee to withdraw last week from hosting riders th...

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