RAGBRAI XLIV Countdown – July 24-30, 2016
Friends of RAGBRAI

Blog

The Weekend of January 25-26 Hosts Big Events for Bicycling



Many bicyclists ride year round, but others dream of warmer weather and make plans for a full summer of riding.  January 25 and 26 hosts events that will put those dreams into motion.  The Iowa Bicycle Summit on January 25; the Iowa Bike Expo on January 26; and the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on January 26 make this a big weekend for bicycling.

The Iowa Bicycle Summit on January 26 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center is a premier education conference dedicated to building more bicycle facilities.  This year features Tom Huber and Arthur Ross from Toole Design.  They will be presenting on the new American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) recently released Guide for The Development of Bicycle Facilities.  The conference is geared towards engineers, planners, city officials, and trail groups.  Pre-registration by January 18 is required and the workshop costs $160.  In addition to the workshop, several sessions will present on how to build and fund trails and other bicycle facilities.

The Iowa Bike Expo on January 26 in HyVee Hall A is back and bigger than before.  The Expo features over 90 vendors showing off the latest in trails, gear, and bicycles.  New sponsors this year include ICHI Bike, an East Village Bicycle retailer offering unique rides; Balance for Bicyclists, an insurance carrier for bicyclists; and Mojitivation, a jewelry maker that promotes motivation for physical activity.  Several bicycle retailers will be on hand including Bike World, Bikes To You, Scheels, and Barr Bike and Fitness.  This event is FREE.  Doors open at 8:30 AM and close at 6 PM.

The RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party is January 26 at the Iowa Event Center.  Iowa Bicycle Coalition members enjoy a pre-party at 7 PM.  Doors open to all ticket holders at 8 PM.  This event features the announcement of one of the biggest secrets in Iowa – the 2013 RAGBRAI overnight towns.  Included in the fun is one of the largest bicycle silent auctions with over 125 items that raises money to support the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.  RAGBRAI favorites, the Johnny Holm Band will play from 8 PM to 11 PM.   Tickets purchased by January 15 are $30 and raise to $35 after January 15 and $40 at the door.

Information about the events can be found at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition’s website – www.iowabicyclecoalition.org or by calling (515) 309-2867.

Leave a Reply

Latest Blog Posts

  • RAGBRAI Training: Rule #3: Ride Fast

    All right, I know I’ve said numerous times in this blog that RAGBRAI is not a race, so why would I tell you to go out and ride fast in ...

  • Wristband Transfer Form Now Available

    Wristband Transfers: If you are unable to participate in RAGBRAI, and won’t be asking for a refund on your registration, you have the option to sell your wristband packet on our ...

  • RAGBRAI Training: Rule #2 : Ride Far

    Rule #1 is Ride Consistently. Rule #2 is built upon Rule #1. Riding consistently will prepare your body for the daily rigors of riding on RAGBRAI. ...

  • RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 7 - Washington to Muscatine

    Today we completed our ride from the Missouri to the Mississippi and rode 49.7 miles from Washington to Muscatine with 1,314 feet of climb.

  • RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 6 – Ottumwa to Washington

    Today we rode 68.5 miles from Ottumwa to Washington, with 2,541 feet of climb.

  • 45 photos: Friday RAGBRAI Route Preview

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

  • RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 5 – Centerville to Ottumwa

    Today we rode 53.2 miles from Centerville to Ottumwa, with 1,999 feet of climb. The landscape stole the show today, we had to stop many times for photo ops.

  • RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 4 – Leon to Centerville

    Today we rode 65.1 miles from Leon to Centerville, with 2708 feet of climb. Some riders braved the wind and added 32.3 miles to the route to complete the Karras ...

  • RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 3 – Creston to Leon

    It was nice for Tuesday’s ride to be a shorter day allowing riders to recover from some longer hilly days.  The ride checks in at 58 miles of beautiful southern ...

  • 20 photos: Tuesday RAGBRAI route preview

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

Latest Videos

  • 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

  • Merchandise Monday! Riders Try on the 2016 RAGBRAI Jersey

  • 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.

Find us socially

Email Signup

Sign up for the latest RAGBRAI news and notes (if there is no news in a day, you won’t get an e-mail).

© 2016 RAGBRAI | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy