At least two Heartland women are going to ride in the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
Beverly Oliver of Glenwood is one of them.
She is going to participate in RAGBRAI, the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
It starts in Sioux City, Iowa this Sunday and wraps up in Clinton, Iowa next Saturday, covering more than 400 miles.
Oliver, who is a nurse at Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield, said she has been training for the seven-day bike ride since March, riding about 10 miles a day during the week and more on weekends.
"It's been fun,â??Oliver said. â??I'm going to take a week off from biking when I get back, and then I'll get back on the bike. I've had two do some other training through it to endure the heat and get out and do some aerobic things, but I'm looking forward to it."
Oliver told KTVO that three years ago, she rode one day during RAGBRAI.
this year, she is planning to do the whole thing.
Oliver and the10,000 other participants will ride an average of 67 miles each day of the event.
She will be riding with her friend and fellow nurse, Lynn Fellinger of Bloomfield.
Oliver said she is glad to have someone doing the ride with her.
A special friend of Oliverâ??s, who has been riding in RAGBRAI for years, inspired her to participate for all seven days.
â??Heâ??s had some health problems right now so heâ??s going to have to ride with us in spirit this year,â?? Oliver said. â??But, itâ??s an inspiration.â??
Oliver and her husband, Ron, are heading to Sioux City on Saturday.