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

  • 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

  • 15 RAGBRAI photos: Creative costumes of the ride

    See some of the most outlandish outfits of RAGBRAI 2015.

  • 10 RAGBRAI photos: Not your average bikes

    We found (at least some of) the weirdest bikes traveling the RAGBRAI route.

  • 12 RAGBRAI photos: Dance it out

    RAGBRAI is a party on and off the bicycle. We collected 2015's best dancing photos.

  • 15 RAGBRAI photos: Catching the sunrise

    A classic RAGBRAI photo is the cyclist silhouetted against an Iowa sunrise.

  • 15 RAGBRAI photos: The food

    Don't look at this photo gallery hungry.

  • 12 RAGBRAI photos: Getting wet and wild on the route

    Outdoors in Iowa in July? Water recreation is a necessity. Here's how it played out on RAGBRAI in 2015.

  • 69 Photos: The best of RAGBRAI

    The best of the best: Click through our favorite moments from RAGBRAI 2015.

Video Galleries

  • Darrel Harken of Riceville said goodbye to his daughter Grace as she headed home on her bike. Moments later he and his other daughter Hannan stop at a car accident only to discover the woman who was hit by a car is Grace.

  • Where will RAGBRAI ride in 2016? See the full RAGBRAI XLIV route including overnight and stopover towns.

  • Register reporters talk with RAGBRAI founder John Karras about the announcement that RAGBRAI and the Des Moines Register were working to create a statue of Karras and fellow founder Don Kaul.

  • RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz talks about the southern Iowa 2016 route. "We haven't been to some of these towns in a long time!" he says.

  • Miss the live RAGBRAI 2016 overnight town announcement show? Join Kyle Munson, Michael Morain as they chat with RAGBRAI riders and towns vying for a spot on this year's route. And learn the overnight towns, of course!

  • Watch as RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz unveils the 2016 RAGBRAI overnight towns. The route is heading to the southern cities of Glenwood, Shenandoah, Creston, Leon, Centerville, Ottumwa, Washington and Muscatine.

  • Get the details on this year's RAGBRAI overnight towns in southern Iowa.

  • Join the "Tr3s" amigos for the 2016 BACooN ride June 18 on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. There will be a plethora of bacon.

  • What will the route go for RAGBRAI 2016? Register reporter Kyle Munson and Michael Morain try again to get the early scoop.

  • This year's logo theme is "It's time to take a break."

Want to be in a RAGBRAI Video?

Want to be in a RAGBRAI Video?

Mon, May 2, 2016

Hey RAGBRAI Nation! We want to show off our 2016 merchandise and we want YOUR help! We are looking for a wide range of riders to be featured in an upcoming video project.

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RAGBRAI Lottery Results Are In!

RAGBRAI Lottery Results Are In!

Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Did you make the cut? Do you know where you will be spending your vacation during the last full week of July 2016? Emails have been sent to those who are included in the RAGBRAI XLIV lottery. If you didn’t ...

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RAGBRAI Training: How Much Riding Should I Do to Prepare for RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI Training: How Much Riding Should I Do to Prepare for RAGBRAI?

Sun, Apr 24, 2016

This is probably the most common question I receive so chances are you have wondered about this as well. I’ll start by giving my standard answer. I suggest you get in about 1000 miles by the start of ...

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Chris Charron (1961-2016)

Chris Charron (1961-2016)

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

We are saddened to learn that Chris Charron, of Maxwell, IA, passed away on Friday while visiting his daughter and grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

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Remembering Chris Charron

Remembering Chris Charron

Sat, Mar 26, 2016

The thoughts and prayers of the ‪#‎RAGBRAI‬ Nation are with the family of Chris Charron. Chris had a huge heart and always thought of ways to help others.

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A Reminder About RAGBRAI Registration

A Reminder About RAGBRAI Registration

Fri, Mar 25, 2016

The deadline for online week-long registration is April 1. You must have your entry submitted and payment made by April 1, don’t wait until after the lottery to submit your payment. The deadline for paper applications has passed. You can ...

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RAGBRAI Route: Saturday, July 30 - Washington to Muscatine

RAGBRAI Route: Saturday, July 30 – Washington to Muscatine

Sat, Mar 12, 2016

Here is the complete route from Washington to Muscatine. The ride encompasses 49.7 miles with just 1,314 feet of climb. Riders will visit all first-time towns on their journey to the Mississippi River in Muscatine including Columbus Junction, ...

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RAGBRAI Route: Friday, July 29 - Ottumwa to Washington

RAGBRAI Route: Friday, July 29 – Ottumwa to Washington

Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Here is the complete route from Ottumwa to Washington. The riders will enjoy 68.5 miles that includes 2,541 feet of climb. Riders will make welcome stops in Hedrick and Hayesville in the morning then Sigourney, a former overnight ...

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RAGBRAI Route: Thursday, July 28 - Centerville to Ottumwa

RAGBRAI Route: Thursday, July 28 – Centerville to Ottumwa

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Here is the complete route from Centerville to Ottumwa. The route travels 50.7 miles with just 1,999 feet of climb. The morning ride over Rathbun Dam is a breathtaking ride that is not open to cyclists throughout the ...

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Hydration Tips from nuun: 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

Hydration Tips from nuun: 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

Wed, Mar 9, 2016

Here is the first in a series of hydration tips from nuun as you prepare for RAGBRAI. nuun is the official hydration sponsor of RAGBRAI. Staying hydrated is easier said than done. it's easy to get caught up in ...

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RAGBRAI Route: Wednesday, July 27 - Leon to Centerville

RAGBRAI Route: Wednesday, July 27 – Leon to Centerville

The route treks mainly east for 65.1 miles with just 2,708 feet of climb. You can tell friends that you rode your bike to New York, Bethlehem and Mystic all in one day!

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RAGBRAI Route: Tuesday, July 26 - Creston to Leon

RAGBRAI Route: Tuesday, July 26 – Creston to Leon

Tue, Mar 8, 2016

Here is the complete route from Creston to Leon. The route travels 58.5 miles with a challenging 3,318 feet of climb. You will get to ride some nice rollers during the days ride. The whole route features ...

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RAGBRAI Route: Monday, July 25 - Shenandoah to Creston

RAGBRAI Route: Monday, July 25 – Shenandoah to Creston

Mon, Mar 7, 2016

Here is the complete route from Shenandoah to Creston. The route encompasses 75.2 miles and 3,994 feet of climb. Creston is the highest elevation on the route This is the longest ride of the week with the ...

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RAGBRAI Route: Sunday, July 24 - Glenwood to Shenandoah

RAGBRAI Route: Sunday, July 24 – Glenwood to Shenandoah

Sun, Mar 6, 2016

Here is the complete route from Glenwood to Shenandoah. The route encompasses 49.7 miles and 2,614 feet of climb. You can add to that total by riding the optional Gravel Loop.

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2016 RAGBRAI Annual Training Plan

2016 RAGBRAI Annual Training Plan

Sat, Mar 5, 2016

Here's Coach David Ertl's annual training plan for RAGBRAI, back by popular demand. This simple yet effective training plan outline has proven to be popular with you riders over the years and this year you have been asking for ...

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