RAGBRAI XLIV Countdown – July 24-30, 2016
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Photo Galleries

  • Photos: RAGBRAI Day 4, Leon to Centerville

    RAGBRAI moved past its midpoint Wednesday, with riders moving from Leon to Centerville

  • 9 photos: Wackiest bikes and outfits in Mount Ayr

    Des Moines Register photojournalist Rodney White took portraits of some of RAGBRAI's extremes.

  • RAGBRAI Day 3 photos: Creston to Leon

    Images from Day 3 of RAGBRAI, which takes riders from Creston to Leon.

  • 11 photos: Scenes from the gravel loop

    It was a rocky detour to the Irish capital of southwest Iowa, Imogene.

  • Day 2 Photos: Shenandoah to Creston

    Images from Day 2 of RAGBRAI, which takes riders from Shenandoah to Creston.

  • Day 1 photos: Glenwood to Shenandoah

    Check out photos from Day 1 of RAGBRAI.

  • 19 photos: Riders flock to Missouri River dip site

    Glenwood is a few miles from the river, and some cyclists took advantage of a chance to get in the real Missouri on Saturday.

  • Saturday's RAGBRAI Expo in Glenwood

    Bicyclist took it relatively easy Saturday, exploring the RAGBRAI Expo on Saturday in Glenwood ahead of a 40-plus-mile day Sunday with 2,614 feet of climb.

  • 42 photos: Saturday RAGBRAI Route Preview

    Take a peek at ride what riders could encounter between Washington and Muscatine in July.

  • 45 photos: Friday RAGBRAI Route Preview

    Take a peek at ride what riders could encounter between Ottumwa and Washington in July.

Video Galleries

  • Chris Wilson of Sunnyville, CA, is trying to play Pokemon Go on RAGBRAI 2016 but good cell service has been as hard to find as a wild Pikachu.

  • Jim Hopkins of Windsor Heights, Ia., pedals on his 44th RAGBRAI.

  • RAGBRAI bicyclists brave an icy water tank in the hopes of finding a colored ring to win $100 but also to raise money.

  • Just an Iowa sunrise and bicyclists.

  • Skies will stay mostly clear tonight Tuesday will be another mainly sunny day with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A few more clouds are expected on Wednesday as a shift in the pattern begins to take place.

  • Walk through the campground and driveway where authorities say that RAGBRAI rider James Foley was hit and dragged in Shenandoah.

  • RAGBRAI riders take a break from climbing hills to slide down one during the second day of of the annual ride across Iowa.

  • Jacob Sikes of Kearney, Neb., stayed at the Villisca Axe Murder House several years ago. He's back for RAGBRAI -- despite the outcome of that initial visit.

  • David Chivers, president of Register Media, grew up in Des Moines and says he's wanted to ride RAGBRAI since he was 12 or 13.

  • Riders are greeted by bull riding and a unique bike sculpture in Corning, Iowa.

What to look for Wednesday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Wednesday on RAGBRAI

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Wednesday has it all: a resort, John Karras, a rodeo bull.

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He retains rare record of riding every RAGBRAI

He retains rare record of riding every RAGBRAI

Tue, Jul 26, 2016

DECATUR CITY, Ia. — Jim Hopkins painstakingly pedaled uphill along Iowa Highway 2 and remarked that he couldn’t remember such a beautiful day on RAGBRAI. Considering that Hopkins, 83, has ridden at least part of every RAGBRAI since its inception in ...

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Covered wagons paved the way into Garden Grove

Covered wagons paved the way into Garden Grove

The tiny community of Garden Grove is no stranger to mass caravans, but a covered wagon may be more appropriate than a carbon-frame road bike.

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Ice water plunge could pay big bucks 

Ice water plunge could pay big bucks 

A giant steel tub of blue ice water drew a herd of cyclists in Mount Ayr Tuesday. Think bobbing for apples, except hurling your entire body through floating icebergs and beneath the surface. Contestants scooped as many rings as possible off the ...

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Patrol: Investigation into fatal bike crash to take a month; no charges yet

Patrol: Investigation into fatal bike crash to take a month; no charges yet

OSCEOLA — An investigation to determine whether any criminal charges should be filed in a vehicle-bicycle collision that killed a cyclist Sunday could take over a month, said Sgt. Nathan Ludwig, spokesman for Iowa State Patrol. On Sunday, Wayne Ezell, 72, ...

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What to look for Tuesday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Tuesday on RAGBRAI

The third day of RAGBRAI 2016 concludes in this year's smallest overnight town.

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Riders share ghost encounters at ax-murder site

Riders share ghost encounters at ax-murder site

Mon, Jul 25, 2016

The crime was more than 100 years ago, but the spookiness remains.

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NPR's No Pie Refused carries on with just one fork

NPR’s No Pie Refused carries on with just one fork

Politics beckons most of the members of you're-riding-with NPR, No Pie Refused.

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RAGBRAI's haircut king with a lizard on his head

RAGBRAI’s haircut king with a lizard on his head

"It's only hair, is how I've always put it," Joe Vize shrugged.

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Guardian angels of RAGBRAI are here to work

Guardian angels of RAGBRAI are here to work

"We signed up to serve," the airmen say.

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UPDATE: Driver charged in dragging of critically injured rider

UPDATE: Driver charged in dragging of critically injured rider

The truck left a driveway and hit the man late Sunday, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

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Colleague: Fallen cyclist 'lived life the right way'

Colleague: Fallen cyclist ‘lived life the right way’

Wayne Ezell was killed by a pickup truck that struck him from behind as he rode his bike.

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11 photos: Scenes from the gravel loop

11 photos: Scenes from the gravel loop

It was a rocky detour to the Irish capital of southwest Iowa, Imogene.

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What to look for Monday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Monday on RAGBRAI

Gird yourself for a 75-mile day with almost 4,000 feet of climb.

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