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

RAGBRAI news team

Your go-to guide for all things RAGBRAI in Des Moines, Central Iowa



The countdown is on: 109 days and counting until RAGBRAI XLI begins in Council Bluffs on July 21 and makes its way through the state’s capital city before ending in Fort Madison.

RAGBRAI making its first trip through Des Moines in 16 years has generated a buzz to rival that of any of the rides event director T. J. Juskiewicz has led in the past.

“There’s just an excitement level I haven’t seen in 10 years, and I can’t pinpoint exactly why,” he said.

Juskiewicz expects ridership to swell as the event makes its way through the metro. In fact, some of the largest rides to date have included routes through Des Moines: an estimated 23,000 people rode from Boone to Des Moines in 1988, and in 1997, approximately 20,000 riders made their way from Creston to Des Moines, according to the RAGBRAI website.

Through this blog, I’ll be updating you on what to expect as one of the nation’s largest cycling event rolls through Central Iowa. From the bands performing at night and the breakfast being served the next day to road closures and overnight accommodations and, of course, how all those church ladies are preparing for the onslaught of pie requests.

So check back regularly for updates on what you can expect on the ride, as well as features from different towns along the route and profiles of local riders and teams. Have suggestions for something I should be writing about? Shoot me an email at eschettler@dmreg.com, and follow along on Twitter at @eschettler.

This is my first RAGBRAI and I’m excited to finally be participating in one of the most-famed cycling events in the country and experience many cities I’ve visited in the past in a whole new way. As a newbie, I’ll also probably take advantage of this blog to ask for your advice on trails to check out, gear recommendations and staples to bring for the week-long ride.

And a final reminder for all you procrastinators, yesterday was the last day to register to ride the entire ride but day passes are available until June 1.

Check back soon!

2 Responses on “Your go-to guide for all things RAGBRAI in Des Moines, Central Iowa

bRENT

April 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

The Hammond House Bed and Breakfast is open for business in Slater, IA. Six blocks from the High Trestle Trail and only a short ride to The High Trestle Bridge. Call Marcia at 515-460-3029 to reserve. We welcome you.

buy drill

May 22, 2013 at 5:42 am

I simply could not depart your website prior to suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard info an individual supply on your visitors? Is gonna be back regularly in order to inspect new posts

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

  • 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.

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

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