One young cyclist is getting ready for an epic ride across the Iowa countryside.
In just a couple of weeks, nine-year old Alex Dailey will saddle up for RAGBRAI, a seven-day, 468-mile trek that bills itself as the world’s longest touring ride. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s around 70 miles a day!
“Just keep practicing and get used to it,” said young Alex, as he met with Cayman 27 for an early morning training session.
He is preparing for the ride of a lifetime. Alex and his father will be traversing a seven-day, 468-mile route through the rolling hills of Iowa, and any Midwesterner worth his or her salt will tell you, the terrain isn’t as flat as you may believe.
“I really want to finish it, because it will be a good achievement for me, and it’s probably the longest bike ride I’ve ever done,” said Alex.
“I think it’s insane, I think it’s crazy, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Alex’s dad, Tim Dailey.
The father-son team will join tens of thousands of other riders in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, AKA RAGBRAI for short.
“You’ve got 25,000 people swarming across Iowa into towns of 1, 2, 3 thousand people. Setting up tents, overnighting,” said Mr. Dailey.
“It’s like my first time camping and I think it’s something fun to do and raise money for charity,” said 9-year-old Alex.
The Daileys told Cayman 27 their goal is to raise $3000 for charity, but the hard part was picking just one. It was finally narrowed down to the Cancer Society, Cayman Hospice Care, and One Dog At A Time.
“The fact that they’re supporting three local charities is excellent. The Cancer Society, we work very closely with them, One Dog at a Time, we are very close friends with all these guys, and Hospice,” said Cayman Hospice Care’s Director of Operations and Development Danielle Coleman.
The hope is the money raised will make a difference, and that kids like Alex will learn a lesson about giving.
“Overall, it’s just a chance to teach Alex and other kids hopefully, that you can do great things to assist other people while having fun doing it,” said Mr. Dailey.
“We want to get to $3000, but it’s good if we get more,” said Alex.
RAGBRAI starts off on July 24th in Glenwood, Iowa, snakes through the southern half of the state towards the east, ending in Muscatine, Iowa.
To help Alex’s fundraising efforts, visit his Go Fund Me page.