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Route Announcement

RAGBRAI Route: Sunday, July 23 – Orange City to Spencer

Here is the complete route from Orange City to Spencer.  The route encompasses 62.6 miles and 1,283 feet of climb.  You can add to that total by riding the 3rd annual optional Gravel Loop to Sutherland.  The Mile of Silence will take place after Granville in honor of those cyclists that we have lost.

Click to download pdf of Sunday’s Map

SUNDAY – JULY 23, 2017
Orange City to Alton – 3.0 miles
Alton to Granville – 7.0 miles
Granville to Paullina – 9.6 miles
Paullina to Primghar (Meeting) – 10.0 miles
Gravel Loop to Sutherland – 19.2 miles (optional)
Primghar to Hartley – 14.0 miles
Hartley to Spencer – 19.0 miles

Total Mileage: 62.6 miles (81.8 with the Gravel Loop)

Total Feet of Climb: 1,283 (1,941 with the Gravel Loop)

The route (towns and roads) is subject to change.

The full route, along with roads and pass-through towns will be released starting this weekend.   Each daily release should be out by 8:00 am CST.  Enjoy the ride!

Here is the remaining schedule:
Monday, March 6 – release the route for Monday, July 24
Tuesday, March 7 – release the route for Tuesday, July 25
Wednesday, March 8 – release the route for Wednesday, July 26
Thursday, March 9 – release the route for Thursday, July 27
Friday, March 10 – release the route for Friday, July 28
Saturday, March 11 – release the route for Saturday, July 29

Support vehicle maps will be released in early July.

15 Responses on “RAGBRAI Route: Sunday, July 23 – Orange City to Spencer

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March 5, 2017 at 8:02 am

what is the total feet of climb without the gravel loop?

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March 5, 2017 at 8:49 am


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March 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

RABBRAI newbie here. What is the significance of the gravel loop? Is it gravel roads?

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March 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

@bruce, I did it last year and it is a gravel road loop vs the paved route. I did it on my road bike 23 mm tires, and was ok. If you get to the start late enough other riders have created a little 6 inch wide path that has pushed the gravel to the side and is just dirt. I would say you want to be a pretty confident rider or take it pretty slow, because it does not take much to get sideways on the gravel. With that being said, it is a lot of fun!

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March 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm

When will the RAGBRAI XLIII 2015 history page be done? It said it would be completed the summer of 2015, which is almost two years ago!

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March 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm

Last year I did the gravel loop on my road bike. We were told they had gravel bikes to rent for the loop. When we got there they ran out of bikes. We decided to ride it on our road bikes.

Looking back I would have skipped it having to ride om my road bike, with 23/700 carbon wheels it was a little sketchy. I didn’t really have a lot of control over the bike, and I am a very experienced rider.

When we finished the loop I saw the results of some falls, it wasn’t pretty. If they have the gravel bikes I would definitely take one.

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March 5, 2017 at 9:23 pm

What is the route and mileage to tire dippping in the Missouri river?

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March 6, 2017 at 1:19 am

Bruce Just a Caveat about the gravel. I did Ragbrai in 2004 and after the gravel portion I lined up with others to have my bike washed by friendly Iowans. Debris jammed my gears and I had to finish the last 10 miles in high gear. At that point I just determined to complete the ride and didn’t care how my leg muscles felt.

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March 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Do it and take the fall……. There is no better place, done it twice and it gets better. The nicest people and the best time at the end town

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March 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Thomas – I posted a route from Orange City to the river and back on Ride with GPS. It is approximately 47 miles roundtrip from Orange City to Hawarden and back.
You can find it here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18718366

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March 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

RAGBRAI newbie. On the list of towns,what is “(Meeting)”?

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March 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

Scotty – For each day of Ragbrai a ‘Meeting’ town is designated by the Ragbrai organization. The meeting town is usually about half way through the day’s ride and is a place for teams or groups to catch up w/one another among other things.

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Jeff J

March 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

If you want to dip your tire in the Missouri river, you will need to head to Sioux City. Hawarden will get you to the Big Sioux river. Still a border river, but not the Missouri.

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March 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Thank you Raphael!

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March 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

What is the point of the gravel road loop? On my road bike, I avoid gravel roads at great cost.

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