DIAGONAL, Iowa -- RAGBRAI 2016 is the 12th and last go around for Trooper Doug Cutts of Newton.
The Iowa state trooper has served 30 years on the patrol and plans to retire after the first of the year.
Cutts works as a safety education officer with young people. He also is along on RAGBRAI each year to help direct traffic at intersections.
Cutts, along with a number of Iowa State Troopers, do more than direct traffic. They also get a lot of time to talk to riders, even though it may be just in the seconds as they ride past. It’s not uncommon for dozens of riders per minute to say “thank you, officer,” to them as they glide around the corner.
Trooper Cutts has another thing he is known for, as the unofficial head counter on RAGBRAI. Cuts carries a little silver clicker which tallies up the rider count each day. On Monday, he counted 17,787.
Each day, Cutts and his associates direct traffic from 6 a.m. to noon at an intersection, and then move down the road to help in the afternoon as well.