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From river to river: CC rider to make 43rd RAGBRAI trip

  • Charles City resident Steve Swartzrock holds up a t-shirt from his first RAGBRAI ride — 1974, SAGBRAI (Second Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). Press photo by Kate Hayden

  • Steve Swartzrock dips his bike's back tire into the Missouri River at the beginning of a past RAGBRAI ride. Contributed photos

  • Swartzrock's patch from his first RAGBRAI ride in 1974.

  • Swartzrock has met RAGBRAI founder John Karras and his wife while receiving patches for the century loop, an optional extended route at least 100 miles long one day during RAGBRAI.

  • Swartzrock (left), with his son Ben and friend Gary Johnson.

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