You can still join us for RAGBRAI! Even though the official deadlines have passed, you can buy an entry (aka wrist band) on the secondary market. Transfers are allowed by the event organizers. Check the RAGBRAI message boards or contact me.
RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 43rd year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. The route averages 468 miles, changes every year, 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. Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as “host” communities for overnight stays.
RAGBRAI features thousands of bicycles, corn, camping, whoopie pie, corn dogs, slip n slides, grandma's pie, beer, mechanical bulls, fun in the sun, and maybe a few warm rain showers too. It's spring break for adults!
The ride takes place from July 23rd to 29th, but plan on traveling to Iowa on July 21st, and traveling home on July 30th.
Here are some stats for the 2017 RAGBRAI route:
Total distance across Iowa is 411.4 miles (3rd-shortest RAGBRAI journey); total climbing for the week is 13,078 feet (3rd-flattest); ride difficulty is rated 3rd-easiest RAGBRAI.
Friday 7/21/17 - fly to Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday 7/22/17 - shuttle to start town (Orange City); test ride; dip rear bike tire in Missouri river; go to ride expo, set up camp with charter service (Pork Belly Ventures), pre-party, concert
Sunday 7/23/17 through Saturday 7/29/17 - ride across Iowa, costumes, corn, pie, beer, pork chops, root beer floats, etc.
Saturday 7/29/17 - arrive in last town, dip front bike tire in Mississippi river; bus transfer back to Omaha; overnight in hotel; victory dinner.
Sunday 7/30/17 - fly home
This is RAGBRAI in a nutshell