RAGBRAI XLII Countdown – July 20-26, 2014
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Photo Galleries

  • 50 photos: Zach Boyden-Holmes’ favorite RAGBRAI 2014 photos

    Register and Juice photographer Zach Boyden-Holmes road along on this year's route. Check out his 50 favorite photos.

  • 100 photos: Best of RAGBRAI 2014

    Kick back, relax and enjoy our best 100 photos from last week's RAGBRAI.

  • 2014 Photos from you

    Upload your photos from the ride through the RAGBRAI app.

  • RAGBRAI 2014 photos: Independence to Guttenberg

    RAGBRAI 2014 photos: Independence to Guttenberg

  • Photos: Waverly to Independence

    Friday is Carter LeBeau day on RAGBRAI 2014.

  • 80 photos: Mason City to Waverly

    Thursday is College Jersey Day during the 66-mile ride from Mason City to Waverly.

  • 28 photos: Bret Michaels performs in Mason City

    Poison frontman Bret Michaels performed a free concert Wednesday night in Mason City during RAGBRAI.

  • Photos: Forest City to Mason City

    Wednesday is the shortest day of this year’s ride and by one measure the easiest day in RAGBRAI history.

  • Ultimate Mr. Pork Chop photo gallery

    Some of the best pictures taken at and around the Mr. Pork Chop bus over the years during RAGBRAI.

  • 108 photos: Emmetsburg to Forest City

    Thousands of riders headed out of Emmetsburg Tuesday morning for a ride to Forest City.

Video Galleries

  • A group of friends from Canada spent the week on RAGBRAI and recount their best moments.

  • As RAGBRAI XLII comes to an end, friends from California talk about the emotion behind dipping their tires into the Mississippi River at the end of the ride.

  • Riders react at the Guttenberg dip site.

  • Riders stopped for photos on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River at Guttenberg.

  • Iowan "Bachelorette" competitor Chris Soules greets riders in Strawberry Point

  • Former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL tight end Dallas Clark talks about his second RAGBRAI and his hope of someday moving his family back to Iowa.

  • The LeBeaus are known as royalty in Iowa and for their funky socks!

  • Jason Pardie, of Muscatine, is participating in his sixth RAGBRAI on a unicycle.

  • The LeBeaus are known as royalty on RAGBRAI and for their funky socks.

  • A Dutch woman describes the differences of biking in the Netherlands and biking in Iowa.

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RAGBRAI Reflections with John Karras

RAGBRAI Reflections with John Karras

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

by John Karras, Grampa RAGBRAI A strange, but predictable, thing happened this year to Ann and I on our way to our umpteenth time to ride RAGBRAI–we were physically unable to ride it(we had a paltry 49 miles of training on ...

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Rock Valley's Jaydn Faber Wins the RAGBRAI Kid's Art Contest

Rock Valley’s Jaydn Faber Wins the RAGBRAI Kid’s Art Contest

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

The children of the RAGBRAI XLII overnight communities were invited to participate in the annual RAGBRAI Kids’ Art Contest.  The contest called for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to incorporate their town’s RAGBRAI theme into colorful artwork. The artwork ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Don’t put your bike away now!

RAGBRAI Training: Don’t put your bike away now!

Well, another RAGBRAI is done and in the books. I hope you enjoyed yourself and I also hope this blogs gave you some advice that helped you prepare adequately for the ride. This is a follow up blog to ...

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Top 10 things we'll remember about RAGBRAI XLII

Top 10 things we’ll remember about RAGBRAI XLII

Mon, Jul 28, 2014

After 42 years, each ride can seem pretty much like the one before -- except when they don't.

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RAGBRAI celebrity Taco Johnson helps dad, son connect

RAGBRAI celebrity Taco Johnson helps dad, son connect

How to make the boy understand and simultaneously stay better connected with him throughout the week? Eureka! The universal, ageless antidote for the doldrums: Legos.

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Beer ride: Microbrews catch up on RAGBRAI

Beer ride: Microbrews catch up on RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI has a reputation for being awash in light beer from corporate breweries. Yet more craft brewers are training palates at the state's biggest rolling party.

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Conquered: What cyclists defeated to finish RAGBRAI

Conquered: What cyclists defeated to finish RAGBRAI

Sat, Jul 26, 2014

This was only my fourth time on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and yet I struggle to conjure an appropriate description of this bizarre, beloved pilgrimage that doesn’t lean on such words as “circus,” “Mardi Gras” or ...

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Colorado couple undaunted by RAGBRAI's tiny hills

Colorado couple undaunted by RAGBRAI’s tiny hills

Dave and Kathi Dibbern perched themselves on a tree stump Saturday in Garber, the final pass-through town before RAGBRAI’s finish line in Guttenberg. They ride a tandem bicycle. And they’re unafraid of hills. Partly that’s because this couple comes down from the ...

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Video: How does it feel to finish RAGBRAI?

Video: How does it feel to finish RAGBRAI?

Riders react at the Guttenberg dip site.

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Video: Whoa! RAGBRAI riders overlook the scenic view in Guttenberg

Video: Whoa! RAGBRAI riders overlook the scenic view in Guttenberg

Riders stopped for photos on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River at Guttenberg.

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"Strawberry Shortcake" greets RAGBRAI riders

“Strawberry Shortcake” greets RAGBRAI riders

The 15-year-old Starmont High School student hands out strawberry hard candies to RAGBRAI riders in Strawberry Point

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Video: Iowa's favorite bachelor steals hearts on RAGBRAI

Video: Iowa’s favorite bachelor steals hearts on RAGBRAI

Iowan "Bachelorette" competitor Chris Soules greets riders in Strawberry Point

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Iowa's favorite bachelor steals hearts in Strawberry Point

Iowa’s favorite bachelor steals hearts in Strawberry Point

A tire dip in the Mississippi is a rite of passage for RAGBRAI riders - but a smile and a hug from Iowa's favorite bachelor was the must-have photo opportunity for riders on Saturday.

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Best library on RAGBRAI? This couple knows

Best library on RAGBRAI? This couple knows

David and Marianne House say small town libraries are like a big window into a community. So they’ve stopped at nearly every one along the route of the 42nd Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The Peoria, Ill. couple did the ...

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What to look for Saturday

What to look for Saturday

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

It's the final day of RAGBRAI XLII. Here’s a quick look ahead toward Saturday’s 69-mile ride from Independence to Guttenberg and the Mississippi River

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