River the River ambassador Dean Mathias receives RAGBRAI special award

Dean Mathias, Quad Cities Bicycle Club member and organizer of special ride events during Ride the River, recently received a "Special Recognition Award" from RAGBRAI, the Des Moines Register's annual bike ride across Iowa.

Mathias, of Milan, IL, is known by fellow cyclists as "Bareback." He is one of the first recipients of the special award.

“We wanted to honor Dean for epitomizing the RAGBRAI spirit of helping and encouraging other cyclists," RAGBRAI Director T. J. Juskiewicz said. "Dean has always been one to jump off the bike and help those in need. We just wanted to honor him for all that he has done to help RAGBRAI keep rolling along!”

Mathias is a regular volunteer with the River Action's annual Ride the River, leading special longer rides to Buffalo and Princeton that encourage exploration of future trail expansion in the Quad Cities region.