Wednesday July 23, 2003 was looked forward to with great expectation of the fun associated with seeing
and meeting some of the 10,000+ riders, that would make their way through the Lacona area.
Business owners, local civic and booster clubs looked for a profitable day filling the needs of the riders, their support
people and all the local residents that would be attending the Registers Annual Great Bicycle
Ride Across Iowa. (RAGBRAI)
Phyllis and Delbert Ripperger volunteered to be lookouts for the first riders arriving from Osceola wednesday morning.
They put out the warning that riders were going by their home at 6:00 am. ( these riders must really start
early to ride 26 hilly miles by 6:00am)
With the knowledge that riders, observers and service providers all have different agenda's for doing what they do, we
have attempted to give you a flavor of what RAGBRAI in Lacona consisted of and
the celebration atmosphere that prevailed! ENJOY!!