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RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa. RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world.

The ride is planned and coordinated by the Des Moines Register newspaper, and attracts thousands of riders from all 50 states and many countries around the world. The people of Iowa truly make RAGBRAI the special event that it is by opening up their towns and communities to participants and making the event a rolling celebration of Iowa.

The RAGBRAI route averages 472 miles and is not necessarily flat. It begins somewhere along Iowa's western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River, and changes each each year. The average distance of each day's ride is about 68 miles.

RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders. If rider sign-ups exceed the limit, participants are chosen via a random lottery draw.

Web Site: ragbrai.org

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07-20-2014RAGBRAI - This annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world.

Headlines From RAGBRAIFeed

Guess the Route Contest for RAGBRAI XLIII is Now Open! 12-18-2014
Do you think you can pick the eight overnight towns for RAGBRAI XLIII? Enter the contest and see how close you come. Last year, 6 of 8 towns was the best that anyone could do! Whoever correctly chooses the most overnight towns in order will receive a certificate worth $100 […]
Get in Gear for RAGBRAI XLIII – 2015 Jerseys Released! 11-12-2014
It snowed in Des Moines yesterday, and we were getting the early-winter blues. So in honor of next summer and warmer times to come, we are pleased to introduce the official 2015 RAGBRAI XLIII ride jersey! As in past years the 2015 jersey comes in two styles – the […]
Introducing the RAGBRAI XLIII Logo! 10-23-2014
brightcove.createExperiences(); We are excited to reveal our new logo for RAGBRAI XLIII and 2015! If you join us on our ride across the state next year, you'll be sure to see welcoming Iowans, lots of farmland and… well you'll just have to watch the video to […]
RAGBRAI XLII Survey Results 09-15-2014
All of us here at RAGBRAI would like to thank those who took the time to complete the surveys after RAGBRAI XLII.  4,470 online surveys were completed, providing valuable information to help make RAGBRAI a safer and more enjoyable ride.  We thank you for your feedback, […]
Des Moines Could Move Part of Great Western Trail 09-05-2014
A section of the popular Great Western Trail in Des Moines would no longer pass through Willow Creek Golf Course, under a plan being pursued by the course’s owner. The West Des Moines City Council is expected to vote Monday to hire an engineering firm that will analyze […]
Lost and Found on RAGBRAI® 08-12-2014
Did you get home from RAGBRAI with less than what you started with?  Lost wallets, drivers licenses, and credit cards have already been returned to their owners.  We have several items including cell phones, bike computers, keys and helmets that still remain in our lost […]
Merchandise Returns and Exchanges 08-07-2014
Want to return or exchange an item you purchased on RAGBRAI or on the RAGBRAI Web Store? We are happy to accept all unworn merchandise, and will exchange if we have the item in stock. To see what we have in stock, please visit RAGBRAI.com/shop. Please fill out this form: RAGBRAI […]
Meet the woman who rode RAGBRAI in combat boots 07-30-2014
For 418 miles last week, Lacey Hameister biked RAGBRAI in a pair of tan Bates M-8 tactical boots. It was hard. They were heavy. They made her feet sweat and slipped off pedals while cycling uphill, causing the pedals to swing around and bang her in the shins. But it […]
RAGBRAI Reflections with John Karras 07-30-2014
by John Karras, Grampa RAGBRAI A strange, but predictable, thing happened this year to Ann and I on our way to our umpteenth time to ride RAGBRAI–we were physically unable to ride it(we had a paltry 49 miles of training on out legs). It wasn’t the biggest disappointment […]
Rock Valley’s Jaydn Faber Wins the RAGBRAI Kid’s Art Contest 07-29-2014
The children of the RAGBRAI XLII overnight communities were invited to participate in the annual RAGBRAI Kids’ Art Contest.  The contest called for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to incorporate their town’s RAGBRAI theme into colorful artwork. […]

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Last Update: April 2nd, 2014