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Weather Hits RAGBARI Riders

INDEPENDENCE, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--The oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world made its way into independence today.

It's day six of RAGBRAI and while many riders have their eyes set on tomorrow's final destination, others are still trying to bounce back after a visit from Mother Nature.

The word welcome has never sounded so good to these riders.

"I'm from Colorado and I'm riding the mountains all the time and this ranks probably one of my top five most difficult rides, said Scott Grow.

He's talking about the ride to Independence. A ride accompanied by stormy weather that just wouldn't quit.

"The roads were brutal this morning. The winds were 30 to 40 miles per hour into the wind for most of the ride   Rained for three hours and 45 minutes coming down sideways, Grow said.

While he braved the elements, others took a different route.

"We got to Waverly like 16 miles and they was a little pie place and it was from free will church and they was a young man there we said would you give us a ride to independence and he did, said rider, Ellen Enright.

Their quest was to find showers and a resting place. A service provided by folks from pork belly ventures.

"We are a charter company that provides supports for riders doing RAGBRAI. People that want to come all over the world to do this thing but logistically can be a very daunting experience, said Peter Phillips of Pork Belly Ventures.

They serve more than 1300 people, providing them with food and shelter.

A luxury these riders are happy to have as they prepare for the final day of what some call an unforgettable experience

"It's more than just the ride. It's the people. It's the food, Grow said.

Some teams here had riders who went home early.

For those who are still here the goal is to dip their front tire in the Mississippi River tomorrow.
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