Fri, May 16, 2014 | by TJ JuskiewiczShare
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%
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
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