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

  • 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.

  • 54 photos: Thursday RAGBRAI Route Preview

    RAGBRAI XLIV Route Inspection, Day 5: Centerville to Ottumwa. Check out a few dozen of our favorite photos from our ride!

  • 43 photos: Wednesday RAGBRAI route preview

    RAGBRAI XLIV Sneak Preview: Photos from Route Inspection Ride Day 4, Leon to Centerville.

  • 20 photos: Tuesday RAGBRAI route preview

    Take a peek at ride what riders could encounter between Creston and Leon in July.

  • 27 photos: Monday RAGBRAI route preview

    Take a peek at ride what riders could encounter between Shenandoah to Creston in July.

  • 17 photos: Sunday RAGBRAI route preview

    The sights along the first part of the route, including the optional gravel loop.

  • 29 photos: 2016 RAGBRAI route announcement party

    Check out photos from the 2016 RAGBRAI route announcement party in Des Moines on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

  • 8 photos: RAGBRAI founders Karras and Kaul on bikes

    See RAGBRAI cofounders Don Kaul and John Karras in the early years of RAGBRAI.

  • 20 RAGBRAI photos: Blue skies and countrysides

    20 RAGBRAI Photos: Blue Skies and Countrysides

Video Galleries

  • RAGBRAI FRIDAY: Stop by West Chester Community Center, a former school which in its first year graduated two students in 1921. It is now known for its current \u0022residents\u0022 as locals call the ghostly sightings confirmed by two paranormal gro

  • The Todd House Museum in Tabor, was formerly a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era.

  • Lyle Dumont talks about his impressive model train display at the Dumont Museum in Sigourney. He began building it in 2008. You can see it Friday on RAGBRAI.

  • Whistle Nut and his bull, Ole, will be in Humeston offering RAGBRAI riders on Wednesday a chance to ride a professional rodeo bull.

  • As RAGBRAI rolls into Villisca on Day 2, riders may want to take advantage of $5 tours of the Villisca Ax Murder House. So what really happened? A tour guide explains one of Iowa's most gruesome, unsolved crimes.

  • Imogene, a small town in southwest Iowa is adding two additional Masses for RAGBRAI riders who wish to attend Sunday service on the first day of this year's ride.

  • Yep, for real. You're welcome. But here's the scoop from gravel-cycling expert Craig Cooper on this year's gravel loop on Day 1 of RAGBRAI.

  • In 1983, Steve Saxton and his family decided to build a lake. One year and over a million yards of dirt later, the Saxton's had built Little River Lake where many a RAGBRAI rider will cool off.

  • On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 a "ghost bike" was installed in rural Boone County to mark the spot where Mark Snopek was killed while riding his bike on August 8, 2007.

  • RAGBRAI 2016 Jersey

Honoring the Veterans of RAGBRAI on Monday

Honoring the Veterans of RAGBRAI on Monday

Fri, Jul 22, 2016

This year RAGBRAI wanted to pay tribute to all the armed service members on our ride - so in Creston on Monday night, we will host a short service in honor of Veterans who ride RAGBRAI.

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"Mile of Silence" and Iowa Bicycle Coalition Petition Brings Awareness to Fatal Bike Crashes

“Mile of Silence” and Iowa Bicycle Coalition Petition Brings Awareness to Fatal Bike Crashes

There have now been eight people that died in bicycle deaths on Iowa's roads and trails. Eight is double the number from 2015 and the highest total since 2010. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has launched a campaign to "End ...

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RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #10: The RIGHT Condition

RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #10: The RIGHT Condition

This is my final article on RIDE RIGHT before the big ride. Ironically, the big tip is “Get yourself in good physical shape.” We start riding on Sunday, so if you aren’t in shape by now carefully think ...

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Free Health & Wellness Screenings in Leon on RAGBRAI in Memory of Chris Charron

Free Health & Wellness Screenings in Leon on RAGBRAI in Memory of Chris Charron

Thu, Jul 21, 2016

In memory of Chris Charoon, Decatur County Hospital, an affiliate of the Mercy Health Network, has partnered with the Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Hy-Vee to offer health and wellness screening on the downtown square of Leon during RAGBRAI.

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Donations Accepted at the RAGBRAI Expo and Karras Loop for Karras/Kaul Statue

Donations Accepted at the RAGBRAI Expo and Karras Loop for Karras/Kaul Statue

RAGBRAIers have the opportunity to immortalize the individuals that created this event that is known as RAGBRAI!

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Chris Charron's Legacy will Live on During RAGBRAI

Chris Charron’s Legacy will Live on During RAGBRAI

On Tuesday evening in Leon, RAGBRAI will remember Chris Charron. Chris's passion pushed RAGBRAI into the digital age with their first website as well as his Virtual RAGBRAI.

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Stop by the PeopleForBikes Booth During the RAGBRAI Expo

Stop by the PeopleForBikes Booth During the RAGBRAI Expo

PeopleForBikes is uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make bike riding better for everyone. Stop by their booth during the RAGBRAI expo to learn more about how you can help. Plus, you’ll be ...

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RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #9: The RIGHT Attention

RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #9: The RIGHT Attention

It isn’t easy to concentrate for seven days of bicycle riding with 10,000 or more people, but you have to. There are all kinds of things to pay attention to including emergency vehicles, gravel or debris on pavement, pavement ...

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Only Riding a Few Days on RAGBRAI This Year?

Only Riding a Few Days on RAGBRAI This Year?

Wed, Jul 20, 2016

You can purchase day wristbands or non-rider wristbands before the start of the ride.  Look for our registration table at the Glenwood High School on expo day, Saturday, July 23 from noon until 9:00 pm.  Day wristbands will also be for ...

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RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #8: The RIGHT Attitude

RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #8: The RIGHT Attitude

Having the Right Attitude can go a long way when riding on RAGBRAI. You need to be considerate of others on the ride, as well as being predictable as a rider. Obey traffic signals and cooperate with RAGBRAI ...

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Crescent Electric Employee Rides RAGBRAI for his 21st Year

Crescent Electric Employee Rides RAGBRAI for his 21st Year

Tue, Jul 19, 2016

We thought we'd get charged up for the ride by learning more about Steve Snook, the Crescent Electric employee who has ridden RAGBRAI for 20 years... and counting!

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AA Meetings Scheduled for RAGBRAI XLIV

AA Meetings Scheduled for RAGBRAI XLIV

The following AA meetings are scheduled for RAGBRAI XLIV.

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RAGBRAI Works with University of Iowa Health Care to Serve Riders

RAGBRAI Works with University of Iowa Health Care to Serve Riders

You can’t bike for seven days without thinking of your body—that’s why RAGBRAI partners with the University of Iowa Health Care to keep participants healthy, safe, and engaged!

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As You Prepare to Leave for RAGBRAI...

As You Prepare to Leave for RAGBRAI…

Be sure to remember your RAGBRAI wristband packet.  To be safe, place the Gold Bike Band on your bike, and your Rider band on your wrist before you leave home.  Fill out the contact information on your luggage tag before ...

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Meet and Ride with Olympic Cycling Champion Nelson Vails on RAGBRAI

Meet and Ride with Olympic Cycling Champion Nelson Vails on RAGBRAI

You can meet Olympic Cycling Champion Nelson Vails at the RAGBRAI Expo in Glenwood on Saturday, July 23.

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