RAGBRAI 2014: Recovery Important for Bike and Body

By Jill Kasparie, KCRG-TV9

WAVERLY, Iowa - After a long day RAGBRAI riders said there’s definitely a tune up process.

“After the bike gets cleaned it comes to me and what I do is clean the chain off,” said bicycle technician Eric Faifer.

After more than 60 miles on the road, it’s time to cleanup and unwind.

Long lines of people wait for the free service. Technicians make bikes that have been rolling down Iowa’s roads look brand new again.

“It was really getting dirty,” said rider Dennis Swift.

Massage Therapist Cindy Hughes is the first to say it isn’t just the bike that needs some attention.

“If they are having problems with their IT band, it will relax them so they can do the ride the next day without pain,” Hughes said.

“It feels great. It’s wonderful. It’s relaxing, especially after a hard day,” said Todd Stonebarger, from Cedar Rapids.

As the day turns to night, there’s no better way to relax than with a bite to eat!

After doing RAGBRAI for years, Joe Chapman has his routine down to a science.

“We will go eat and sit around and commiserate and tell stories,” Chapman said.

It’s a process that has to happen because they need to be ready to roll again Friday morning.

“You are worn out. You ride five or six hours and it’s moderate exertion so it doesn’t take much to go to sleep,” Chapman said.

Until bedtime, they’ll enjoy every minute of day 5 of RAGBRAI 2014.

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