RAGBRAI towns prep for very hot day on Wednesday’s route

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:20 PM CDT
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) - Thousands of cyclists will pedal east from Iowa Falls and into Waterloo on Wednesday, in what will likely be the most unforgiving leg of RAGBRAI 2021 due to the intense heat expected.

These weather conditions aren’t standing in the way of Shawna Haggen, a member of the RAGBRAI committee in New Hartford, or her team.

“We’ve been working on this for a few months,” Haggen said.

Haggen and her team spent Wednesday afternoon executing their plan for how to present the town of New Hartford to thousands of cyclists as they make their way from Iowa Falls on the fourth day of RAGBRAI. Dangerous heat has her making some unexpected changes ahead of the riders.

“We had to add misters at the beginning of town,” Haggen said. “The fire department jumped in and set up another misting station.”

Janesville is the next pass-over town after leaving New Hartford. Jessica Hanna helped with planning to make sure the event runs as smoothly as possible. She’ll see their town grow 10 times from all the riders.

“You just have to adjust,” Hanna said. “The hardest part was finding all of the materials that other neighboring towns needed to look for.”

Volunteers made a homemade splash pad for riders to cool off. EMS was also stationed close, even coming from nearby towns.

“There was a lot that had to be thrown together last minute,” Hanna said. “We wanted them to be safe. It was an honor for them to come through here.”

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