DES MOINES, Iowa - "Iowa's Ride", the state's major competition to the RABRAI week-long bicycle ride, has announced big changes.
It's organizers announced Friday they're moving the ride from November to July, and will travel from the state's east-to-west side.
Iowa Ride will now run the week directly before RAGBRAI.
Iowa’s Ride was started by the former RAGBRAI Director and staff after they quit in response the Des Moines Register's controversial story on Carson King. The Register operates RAGBRAI.
Organizers of Iowa's Ride said they made their decision after meeting with numerous cycling teams from around the state. "The most overwhelming concern that keeps coming up is the date of the event and how it is dividing long standing cycling teams, the organizers said in a statement on Facebook. "We have even heard from teams trying to decide who gets the team bus for the week. This was never our intent, and this is not good for anyone who just wants to ride their bike"
RAGBRAI is scheduled for July 19th through the 25th. The Iowa’s Ride revised schedule starts on Sunday, July 12th and ends on Saturday, July 18th. Iowa's Ride will also start on the eastern edge of Iowa in a Mississippi River town and travel west, ending seven days later in Western Iowa.
Organizers say they'll refund entry fees to those that no longer want to do the Iowa's Ride because of the changes.