MASON CITY, IA – Iowans are used to seeing bicyclists riding through the state, after all the state is home to the annual Ragbrai trip, and there are lots of trails and bike paths to take advantage of.
But Monday night, there’s a different kind of group taking to two wheels.
A group from Canada riding their bikes across the mid-west is making a stop to spend the night in Mason City.
The Habitat for Humanity Cycle of Hope cyclists are biking from Louisville, Kentucky to their home in Manitoba.
The 1,000 mile bike trip is to raise money that will go straight towards building habitat for humanity homes.
Each rider raised at least $2,500.
The 44-person team will rest for the night here at The First Baptist Church.
The crew started on June 28th and expects to make it back to Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 13th. They biked a total on 100 miles just on Monday. The next stop after they leave Mason City tomorrow morning is Mankato, MN.
“The whole purpose behind this is to build a home for a low-income family, we raise about $175,000 a year and by ourselves we fund the land and the purchase of and building of the home,” says Trail Boss, Rob Vipond.