Thu, May 16, 2013 | by Des Moines RegisterShare
Thousands of cyclists will pass through West Des Moines July 23 for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
The Valley Junction Foundation will be organizing a West Des Moines street party along Fifth Street, where many cyclists are expected to stop for a break on their 49.9 mile stretch from Perry to Des Moines.
Individuals and vendors who wish to participate in the event or entertain RAGBRAI participants with a booth along Fifth Avenue must contact the Valley Junction Foundation, according to city officials. Individual booths will not require permits because they will operate under the VJF street party permit.
RAGBRAI officials say cyclists coming from Van Meter will be passing through West Des Moines at all hours of the day. Those participating in the street party are expected to stop entertainment by 5 p.m. to allow riders to reach Water Works Park in Des Moines before 6 p.m.