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RAGBRAI rides into Anamosa

RAGBRAI riders only had to go 42.2 miles from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa, where they received a warm welcome.

Crowds gathered to welcome RAGBRAI to town.

Riders pulled in on Main Street, which was shut down in honor of the day.

"It's been awesome," said Joellen Schlarmann, rider.  "I loved the welcoming as we came into Anamosa. It was great."

Today's RAGBRAI theme was "college spirit day" and many of the bikers showed off their school pride.

"I'm supporting duke today," said Paul Mulhausen, rider.  "I happen to be an Iowa Hawkeyes fan as well so I have dual commitments."

The town is home to the state prison, which they incorporated into their daily theme.

"Ananamosa's great," said Gene Rodeeffer, a RAGBRAI rider. "I enjoyed their scene here when we came into town. Their jail scene there and their description of Ride it Like You Stole it."

The population of Anamosa triples when RAGBRAI spends the night and finding room for all those people can be a challenge.

"We do struggle with green space so we have the elementary school, the high school, we had to utilize the commercial park, the empty green space that's out there that we have available," said Dusty Embree, Anamosa RAGBRAI Co-Chair

Anamosa has been an overnight stop twice before, in 1991 and again in 2002, but many of the riders today said this was their first time in town.

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