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Safety on cyclist minds at Gran Gable bicycle ride

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

This Labor Day brought many cyclist to the streets to participate in the annual Gran Grable Bicycle Ride.

"I do RAGBRAI most years and that's just not enough for one summer," says Jeffrey Emerson of West Des Moines.

Safety was on the mind of cyclist who chose to bike from 60  to 100 miles.

"Well I listen I listen for the cars and people," says Gary Wicklund of Coralville.

"It's a little bit more difficult because there are so many fewer bikes than there would be on RAGBRAI, that tends to close off roads and this has, it's open to traffic," Emerson told us.

The Gran Gable is in it's fourth year and is named after legendary Hawkeye wrestling athlete and coach Dan Gable.

The route took cyclist near where a Coe College professor was recently hit by a truck and killed while riding his bicycle.

While traffic is flowing throughout the route, there are areas where it was being directed by law enforcement.

"It is a little bit dicier, I've had a few people that didn't give the full lane and that's frustrating," says Emerson.

Cyclist tell us they are looking out for each other in order to keep safe.

"I'm riding alone but I feel like I've got a group of people out here looking after me," Wicklund told us.

"I've been surprised today people are very courteous on the roads," he added.

The Gran Gable route ends at Kinnick Stadium.

Money raised from the event goes to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and the Hawkeye Wresting Club.

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