RAGBRAI XLII Countdown – July 20-26, 2014
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Photo Galleries

  • Photos: Waverly to Independence

    Friday is Carter LeBeau day on RAGBRAI 2014.

  • 80 photos: Mason City to Waverly

    Thursday is College Jersey Day during the 66-mile ride from Mason City to Waverly.

  • 28 photos: Bret Michaels performs in Mason City

    Poison frontman Bret Michaels performed a free concert Wednesday night in Mason City during RAGBRAI.

  • Photos: Forest City to Mason City

    Wednesday is the shortest day of this year’s ride and by one measure the easiest day in RAGBRAI history.

  • Ultimate Mr. Pork Chop photo gallery

    Some of the best pictures taken at and around the Mr. Pork Chop bus over the years during RAGBRAI.

  • 108 photos: Emmetsburg to Forest City

    Thousands of riders headed out of Emmetsburg Tuesday morning for a ride to Forest City.

  • 35 photos: RAGBRAI portraits taken in Graettinger

    Register photojournalist Rodney White set up a photo booth for riders in Graettinger.

  • 112 photos: Okoboji to Emmetsburg

    Thousands of riders headed out of the Iowa Great Lakes region Tuesday morning for a short ride to Emmetsburg.

  • 105 photos: From Rock Valley to Okoboji

    RAGBRAI kicked off Sunday with riders pedaling toward the Iowa Great Lakes.

  • 23 photos: Lance Armstrong in Rock Valley for RAGBRAI

    Lance Armstrong delighted fans at the beer tent in Rock Valley before RAGBRAI XLII.

Video Galleries

  • RAGBRAI riders crammed into the school to warm up. Wish you were here!

  • A lightning bolt shook awake campers around 3 a.m. in Waverly. Some head home early due to morning storm.

  • RAGBRAI is often a family tradition. This year, riders are paying special tributes to family members who are no longer on the ride.

  • Bill Wentworth of Marble Rock told riders he founded the town -- you know, back in the 1800s.

  • Elizabeth Reetz from Team Archaeology plays the vintage "Game of Iowa" at East Park in Mason City.

  • Ryan Francois, from Des Moines, explains his passion for longboarding and what drove him to skate across the state.

  • Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz explains that she helped build a bamboo-frame bicycle to ride in RAGBRAI to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on rural bamboo-craft communities in the Philippines.

  • Today riders wear jerseys in spirit for their college on RAGBRAI.

  • Bill Bucklen's remote-controlled drone shot photos of RAGBRAI riders as they pedaled through Marble Rock.

  • Riders dig for fossils at Fossil Prairie Park at the entrance for Rockford.

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Rainy RAGBRAI interlude in Bremer

Rainy RAGBRAI interlude in Bremer

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Bremer, Ia. — I signed up for a bike ride, not a swim meet. The rainy days on RAGBRAI take on an entirely different, dreary tone. The silence is striking: Bicyclists wrapped in raincoats and panchos slosh their way uphill in a ...

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Wet morning will give way to clear skies

Wet morning will give way to clear skies

RAGBRAI riders can expect a wet morning as thunderstorms move across the route, but clear skies are coming. Rain is expected to clear up in the area of the route between 11 a.m. and noon, said Kurt Kotenberg, meteorologist with the ...

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Riders pack up early after rain, lightning

Riders pack up early after rain, lightning

WAVERLY–Some riders are packing up early after storms rolled into Waverly overnight. “Why not leave early when it’s cold and wet,” said Ann Marie Buatti, of Iowa City. Buatti and three others were curled beneath ...

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RAGBRAI's coast-to-coast kittens

RAGBRAI’s coast-to-coast kittens

RAGBRAI is better known for pie, pork and corn than kittens. But it was a litter of five mewling kittens frolicking on the lawn that captured the hearts of riders Thursday on the Dennis and Jennifer Deppe farm just outside of ...

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Riding to remember: Carter LeBeau honored Friday

Riding to remember: Carter LeBeau honored Friday

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

The deaths of notable figures from the four decades of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa often have triggered a similar grieving process for families and teammates: a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to ...

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What to look for Friday

What to look for Friday

Here’s a quick look ahead toward Friday’s 66-mile ride from Waverly to Independence:

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Munson: Convince your mind that your body can do it

Munson: Convince your mind that your body can do it

I had another RAGBRAI epiphany Thursday. If this 418-mile ride seems tough, I have only my defeatist thinking to blame.

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RAGBRAI's biggest liar tells riders he had founded Marble Rock

RAGBRAI’s biggest liar tells riders he had founded Marble Rock

Bill Wentworth of Marble Rock told riders he founded the town -- you know, back in the 1800s.

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Drone spies on RAGBRAI at Marble Rock

Drone spies on RAGBRAI at Marble Rock

Bill Bucklen's remote-controlled drone shot photos of RAGBRAI riders as they pedaled through Marble Rock.

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Video: College spirit showdown on RAGBRAI

Video: College spirit showdown on RAGBRAI

Today riders wear jerseys in spirit for their college on RAGBRAI.

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Video: Show me your wheels: Bamboo Bike

Video: Show me your wheels: Bamboo Bike

Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz explains that she helped build a bamboo-frame bicycle to ride in RAGBRAI to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on rural bamboo-craft communities in the Philippines.

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Video: Show me your wheels: Skateboarding across Iowa

Video: Show me your wheels: Skateboarding across Iowa

Ryan, from Des Moines, explains his passion for longboarding and what drove him to skate across the state.

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Video: The Game Of Iowa played on RAGBRAI

Video: The Game Of Iowa played on RAGBRAI

Elizabeth Reetz from Team Archaeology plays the vintage "Game of Iowa", a roll-and-move trivia game with questions about Iowa, at East Park in Mason City.

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Video: Joe Sixpack rates RAGBRAI craft beer

Video: Joe Sixpack rates RAGBRAI craft beer

Beer columnist Don "Joe Sixpack" Russell from Philly rides his first RAGBRAI.

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Video: Fossils bring scenic reprieve from corn fields

Video: Fossils bring scenic reprieve from corn fields

Riders dig for fossils at Fossil Prairie Park at the entrance for Rockford.

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