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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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07-19-2015RAGBRAI - 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

Looking for a Few More RIDE RIGHT Ambassadors 07-07-2015
RAGBRAI is looking for RIDE RIGHT Ambassadors to help make RAGBRAI as safe as possible. Duties include helping with the RIDE RIDE Safety Meetings and Driver Safety Meetings in Sioux City on Saturday of the Expo and RIDE RIGHT Ambassadors on the road during RAGBRAI. Interested? […]
Vote For Your Favorite in the 2015 RAGBRAI Kids’ Art Contest 07-06-2015
The children of the RAGBRAI XLIII 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. The […]
RIDE RIGHT Safety Tip #6: The RIGHT Frame of Mind 07-03-2015
by Mark Wyatt, Iowa Bicycle Coalition Each year I have a few friends that want to ride RAGBRAI for the first time.  They seek advice on training and logistics.  It is really hard to prepare them for the amount of bicyclists that they will encounter.  It is even more difficult […]
RIDE RIGHT Safety Tip #5: The Legal RIGHT 07-02-2015
by Mark Wyatt, Iowa Bicycle Coalition Veteran RAGBRAI riders understand the roads used by RAGBRAI are not closed to other vehicles.  You will occasionally see bikes, cars, and even large trucks on the route in either direction of travel.  New riders think they have both […]
Daily Maps for RAGBRAI XLIII are Now Available 07-01-2015
The daily route maps for RAGBRAI XLIII are now available for downloading.  These PDFs include the route, overnight, pass-through and meeting towns, bike shop locations, distance between the towns, elevations and service times (the times that all RAGBRAI services cease in […]
RAGBRAI Partners with ICEdot for Annual Bicycle Ride 07-01-2015
RAGBRAI announced today its partnership with ICEdot to provide emergency identification and notification services to this year's participants. Now in its 43rd year, the week-long bicycle touring event will offer riders the ability to register with ICEdot, allowing first-responders […]
RAGBRAI Training: The 4 H’s of RAGBRAI – Heat and Humidity 06-29-2015
by Coach David Ertl In the past couple of blogs I've been dealing with the 4 H's of RAGBRAI. This blog covers the final two, Heat and Humidity. I will deal with these together because they are related and should be dealt with in much the same. One thing is for […]
How to Return/Exchange Merchandise 06-22-2015
Want to return or exchange RAGBRAI merchandise? We would be happy to help! There are three main ways to return/exchange your items – 1. Mail it to us It has come to our attention that some wristband packages were shipped with an old address on the return/exchange forms. […]
RAGBRAI Training: The 4 H’s of RAGBRAI – Hills 06-15-2015
by Coach David Ertl Here is the next installment of my series on the 4 H's of RAGBRAI: Headwinds, Hills, Heat and Humidity. This week I am going to focus on Hills and how you can deal with them.  Even though everyone who doesn't live in Iowa assumes it is flat, […]
UPDATE: Wristband Packages and Registration 06-11-2015
RAGBRAI Wristband Package Shipping We will be shipping wristband packages until the end of June, so don’t worry if you have not received your package yet.  You will receive an email when your package is sent.  Reminder: if you registered as an individual, the package […]

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Last Update: April 12th, 2015