WEST DUNDEE, Ill., – Jennifer Davis, Davisware co-founder and president and former Potosi resident, and her industry-leading software company are sponsoring six riders in this year’s seven-day Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) that began on Saturday.
The subsidized cyclists include Davis, Dan Davis (Davisware co-founder and CEO; Derek Kratz, (Davisware Customer Service Manager) Adam Davis (Jennifer and Dan’s 13-year-old son) Justin Moy (son of Davisware client—Interstate Food Equipment Service—and Adam’s friend born with muscular dystrophy) and Rebekka Reichert, the Davis’ au pair.
Chris Moy, Justin’s father and owner of Massachusetts-based Interstate Restaurant Food Service, and Nicholas Moy, Justin’s 12-year-old brother, will also ride with the team.
“I grew up outside of Dubuque and I remember watching the RAGBRAI cyclists ceremonially dip their bike tires in the Mississippi River at the conclusion of the ride,” said Jennifer Davis, “I’m really looking forward to tapping into that piece of my childhood and possibly starting a new tradition for Davisware.”
While this is Davisware’s debut at RAGBRAI, the longest, largest, oldest bicycle tour in the world, it isn’t the first time that the Davises and the Moys have participated in a distance-oriented athletic adventure.
Three years ago, 10-year-old Adam, and his family members ran in the Chicago half-marathon while pushing Justin in his wheelchair. The following year, the group returned to the Chicago race to give it another go.
Last year, the boys and the Davises participated in the Indianapolis half-marathon.
Biking 480 miles across the rolling Iowa terrain is no easy feat, and pulling a bike trailer carrying a ninth-grade boy makes the trip even more demanding. But the Davisware team is once again up to the challenge. All the bikes will be rigged to pull Justin’s cart; however, Adam is determined to do most of the towing.
“Our friends at Cycling Republic in Algonquin have done a great job helping us prepare for RAGBRAI,” said Davis. “Thanks to their extensive riding knowledge and experience, and thorough bicycle tune-ups, I’m confident that we will have a safe ride, even while pulling Justin’s bike trailer,” she added.
RAGBRAI XLII began Sunday in Rock Valley, Iowa, and will end Saturday in Guttenberg, Iowa. For more information about the event, please visit www.ragbrai.com.