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Who is Riding RAGBRAI in 2014?



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They come from all over the world to ride RAGBRAI, literally!

When the ride started back in 1973, it witnessed mainly riders from Iowa and our border states.  That began to change as the ride grew and gained popularity.  Today, just over a third of all riders call Iowa home.  The participants of RAGBRAI XLII come from each of our nation’s 50 states and Washington, DC.

RAGBRAI XLII will host approximately a hundred riders from 18 foreign countries or US territories this summer.  The foreign countries/US territories are Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Here are some other interesting statistics about who will be riding RAGBRAI:

Top Ten States for RAGBRAI:

Iowa – 37.4%
Illinois – 10.3%
Minnesota – 6.2%
Colorado – 3.9%
Wisconsin – 3.9%
California – 3.5%
Missouri – 3.4%
Nebraska – 3.4%
Texas – 3.1%
Michigan – 1.8% 

RAGBRAI riders use a variety of bike types:

Road Bike – 83.9%
Hybrid – 9.7%
Tandem – 2.2%
Mountain Bike – 1.8%
Recumbent – 1.7%
Other – 0.9%                             
Trike –  0.5%                                         
Tandem-Recumbent – 0.3%

The age breakdown of this year’s participants is as follows:

Under 19           4.5%                
20-24                3.2%                
25-29                5.4%                  
30-34                5.4%                 
35-39                4.9%               
40-44                6.2%              
45-49                8.6%              
50-54                12.4%              
55-59                12.7%              
60-64                9.0%                
65-69                5.3%                
70-74                2.2%                
75-79                0.7%                
Over 80             0.2%             

The average age of this year’s RAGBRAI participants is 47.6 years

61.8% of the participants are male and 38.2% are female

21 Responses on “Who is Riding RAGBRAI in 2014?

Ben

July 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

It would be interesting to see rider stats like race, sex, profession, income level, etc. It seems that RAGBRAI consists of 98% caucasion riders, mostly men, riding expensive bikes. I’ve done RAGBRAI more than 10 times. I have also ridden Bike the Drive in Chicago over the same time period. The difference in diversity (in both the people and the bikesthey ride) is striking. Bikers come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and income levels. The thing that unites us all is that we are on wheels enjoying the great outdoors. I wish that RAGBRAI would attract a more diverse group of riders. Then it could truly claim to be the Great Americal Bike Ride.

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