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Triple D Race embraces winter weather

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By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - While just about everything in Eastern Iowa was postponed or delayed Saturday morning, thanks to heavy snow fall one event in Dubuque actually attracted more people.

Saturday morning many people woke up to a fresh blanket of snow outside. But for anyone looking for a sort of "man versus wild" adventure, Dubuque was the place, that's because the snow didn't stop the Triple D Race from Dyersville to Dubuque.

"We'll basically be doing a conversational ride about 3 miles, then at the point you'll see people jump out in front and start hammering it like they did last year," said Triple D Race organizer, Lance Andre as he explained the course from Dubuque to Dyersville and back.

Dozens gathered by Dubuque's Grand Harbor Saturday morning for a seasonal bike ride. Bikers, runners and skiers attempt to conquer the now snow covered heritage trails in dubuque county.

"It's hard little hard to tell what kinda bike to bring, it's icy and there's a lot of snow," said Dave Pramann, winner of last years race.

"This year I don't know if it's gonna be better or worse with all the snow but it's definitely warmer," added Josh Peterson, a two time racer.

Last year more than 60 participants dealt with below zero wind chills.

"I did this race last year it was pretty tough, pretty cold. I wanted to drop out about midway through but decided to push on and turned out really great," said Peterson

But most racers are prepared; dressed in layer sand special bike suits, handle bar warmers and even special winter tires.

"I actually kinda like biking in the winter and it's pretty clear that i am crazy," said Joel Aostin, a first time racer.

And it's not really about winning.

"Its fun, it's something to do it hopefully keeps you skinny so you don't get fat in the winter," said Peterson.

And that's giving a new meaning to winter sports.

One more catch to the race, there was a detour. Parts of the heritage trail are still under construction after damage from this summers floods.

The race takes about 9 hours. It lasts year only four bikers finished.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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