The official start of RAGBRAI

After a night full of lively music and homemade treats, RAGBRAI cyclists got up and early to dip their rear tire into the Rock River.

Tim Grabacki, 54 of Barrington, Ill. dips his tire in the Rock River at the start of RAGBRAI on Sunday, July 20, 2014. (Linh Ta/The Register)

Tim Grabacki, 54 of Barrington, Ill. dips his tire in the Rock River at the start of RAGBRAI on Sunday, July 20, 2014. (Linh Ta/The Register)

A RAGBRAI tradition, cyclists dip their tire in to commemorate the start of a sweaty, grueling, but fun ride.

“I’m excited to have an adventure with my mom,” said Mairead Beane, 28 of Minneapolis.

And what’s Beane’s mom excited for?

“Pie, pie, pie,” said Marie Kelly, 64, of Forest City.

As cyclists trek through various towns and meet in Sheldon for the meeting town, Kelly is sure to find her sweet treat.

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