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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Video Galleries

  • The Des Moines Register asked RAGBRAI cyclists their thoughts on how cyclist safety could be improved.

  • RAGBRAI riders make a pit stop in Randoplh to battle it out in bubble suits during the first day of the ride.

  • Winds will shift from the southwest to the north through the day. Temperatures will reach 90 degrees. More sunshine is on tap for Monday and Tuesday.

  • Police officers ride for the fallen on the first day of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

  • RAGBRAI riders hit the water slide in Tabor, the midpoint town on the first day from Glenwood to Shenandoah.

  • Ghost bike marks start of one mile of silence honoring and remembering those lives lost and affected by bicycle related deaths.

  • Deb Anderson talks about meeting her brother, Christian Parkes, at RAGBRAI. The two spent time together outside Vine Street Cellars in Glenwood on Saturday.

  • Keith Davis traveled from Scotland to ride his bike from Alaska to South America. He stopped through Iowa for one day of RAGBRAI.

  • Riders dip their back tires in tanks of Missouri River water before the start of RAGBRAI.

  • The ridge of high pressure that kept our temperatures HOT this week is starting to break down, which will allow the weather to return to normal. Monday and Tuesday look to stay dry with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

In tense summer, Iowa C.O.P.S. ride to remember fallen officers

In tense summer, Iowa C.O.P.S. ride to remember fallen officers

Sun, Jul 24, 2016

MALVERN, Ia. — Away from RAGBRAI’s gaudy beauty and sweet, boisterous cacophony, eight police officers biked to the middle of a quiet cemetery just outside of town to pay respects to a fallen brother at his gravesite. Gilbert Glen was a 38-year-old ...

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Starting RAGBRAI with totaled RV

Starting RAGBRAI with totaled RV

MALVERN, Ia. — Team Red Dog started day one of RAGBRAI on a downer note with a totaled RV. A volunteer driver drove the rented vehicle beneath a train trestle with an 8-foot clearance on Saturday in Council Bluffs. But the RV ...

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RAGBRAI rider killed in crash identified

RAGBRAI rider killed in crash identified

The crash happened west of Glenwood, the starting town.

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Tips on traversing the gravel loop

Tips on traversing the gravel loop

For those who are looking for a more adventurous (and dusty) ride, the gravel loop at RAGBRAI provides a bumpy ride. At over 18 miles long with 1,000 feet of climbing, the loop brings riders from Randolph to Imogene, an Irish-Catholic ...

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What to look for on Sunday on RAGBRAI

What to look for on Sunday on RAGBRAI

It's about 50 miles out of the chute (plus a gravel loop?)

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19 photos: Riders flock to Missouri River dip site

19 photos: Riders flock to Missouri River dip site

Sat, Jul 23, 2016

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

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Tim Kaine's RAGBRAI resume

Tim Kaine’s RAGBRAI resume

It's true, the newly minted VP candidate rode in 1996.

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What to look for Sunday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Sunday on RAGBRAI

It's about 50 miles out of the chute (plus a gravel loop?)

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Man crosses paths with RAGBRAI on cross-continental trip

Man crosses paths with RAGBRAI on cross-continental trip

Keith Davis traveled from Scotland to ride his bike from Alaska to South America. He stopped through Iowa for one day of RAGBRAI.

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Siblings meet for first time at RAGBRAI

Siblings meet for first time at RAGBRAI

To the average bystander, Deborah Anderson, 47, and Christian Parkes, 48, look like any brother and sister riding RAGBRAI together. Outside Vine Street Cellars in Glenwood, they joked and laughed with each other. Parkes showed off a tattoo on his arm, ...

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Cyclists head west to dip in Missouri

Cyclists head west to dip in Missouri

Hundreds of riders donated to the Glenwood baseball and softball club for a chance to get wet in the Missouri River, which is a few miles away from this year's starting town.

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Video: Man rides bike across North and South America

Video: Man rides bike across North and South America

Keith Davis traveled from Glasgow, Scotland to ride his bike from Alaska to South America. He stopped through Iowa for one day of RAGBRAI.

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Video: RAGBRAI Tire Dip in Glenwood

Video: RAGBRAI Tire Dip in Glenwood

Riders dip their back tires in tanks of Missouri River water before the start of RAGBRAI.

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Video: Hyperlapse tour of the RAGBRAI Expo

Video: Hyperlapse tour of the RAGBRAI Expo

Zoom around the expo to see what's happening in Glenwood.

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