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    Town by town: The complete 2014 route

    Check out a flyover video of the roads you'll be pedaling this summer

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    Small Towns, Northern Ride

    We'll be visiting some classic overnight towns this year,
    and stopping by some new ones!
    Click here to read more about RAGBRAI XLII.

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    RAGBRAI XLII Route Announcement Party

    Watch the FULL live broadcast from the RAGBRAI XLII Route Announcement Party HERE!

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    RAGBRAI XLII Registration is NOW OPEN!

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    Register and enter the 2014 RAGBRAI XLII Lottery HERE

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

  • 46 Photos: 2014 Route Announcement Party

    46 photos from the 2014 route announcement party

  • RAGBRAI Photo Booth: 207 photos from the 2014 Route Announcement Party

    RAGBRAI Photo Booth: 207 photos from the 2014 Route Announcement Party

  • Best of RAGBRAI 2013

    The best photos from RAGBRAI 2013

  • RAGBRAI 2013 on Saturday: Fairfield to Fort Madison

    Riders finished out RAGBRAI on Saturday with a tire dip along the Mississippi River in Fort Madison.

  • RAGBRAI 2013 on Friday: Oskaloosa to Fairfield

    Almost to the end: The riders moved through southeast Iowa on Friday.

  • RAGBRAI 2013: Knoxville to Oskaloosa

    RAGBRAI 2013: Knoxville to Oskaloosa Photos from Thursday's ride between Knoxville and Oskaloosa

  • RAGBRAI 2013: Downtown Des Moines party

    RAGBRAI 2013: Downtown Des Moines party RAGBRAI riders party on Court Avenue and on the river bridges during the overnight stop in Des Moines.

  • RAGBRAI 2013 photos: Des Moines to Knoxville

    RAGBRAI 2013 photos: RAGBRAI leaves Des Moines and heads to Knoxville

  • RAGBRAI 2013: Alley portraits in Dallas Center

    RAGBRAI 2013: Alley portraits in Dallas Center Goofy on display: 33 photos of RAGBRAI riders hamming it up for the camera.

  • I Spy on RAGBRAI: Fun sights from the ride

    The RAGBRAI route is always filled with unique sights. This year, we asked users to share those sights on Instagram with #IspyonRAGBRAI. Here’s a sampling of some of the best ...

Video Galleries

  • Spring fever? Here's how to get your bike road ready

  • Tour the RAGBRAI XLII route with a flyover

  • RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz shares tidbits about this year's ride.

  • RAGBRAI announced its third shortest and second flattest route in its history on Saturday. Watch the full announcement party.

  • The overnight towns are announced for 2014

  • RAGBRAI and Bacon Fest are teaming up to create the "Bacoon Ride," a new event coming in June 2014.

  • Take a look back at the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa in 2013.

  • Nana's Delicacies served fried Jell-O, fried Klondike Bars, and Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers just outside of Hedrick.

  • RAGBRAI announced the 2014 logo on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

  • "Christmas in July" was a hit in Runnells last week during RAGBRAI 2013

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RAGBRAI XLII Expo Gearing Up With Great Vendors!

RAGBRAI XLII Expo Gearing Up With Great Vendors!

Wed, Apr 16, 2014

You can find it all at the RAGBRAI Expo, where RAGBRAI begins! Rock Valley Iowa serves as the host for the expo, held from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.  Come see the latest in cycling gear, ...

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Tour de Cure: June 7, 2014 in Clive, IA and June 28, 2014 in Coralville, IA

Tour de Cure: June 7, 2014 in Clive, IA and June 28, 2014 in Coralville, IA

Wed, Apr 9, 2014

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes and raise crucial funds for diabetes ...

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RAGBRAI Training: The Secret to Training for RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI Training: The Secret to Training for RAGBRAI

Thu, Apr 3, 2014

by Coach David Ertl I can already see the responses to this title and several will likely involve beer.  But to your dismay I will not be talking about that aspect of preparation.  Instead I am going to reveal to you a ...

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RAGBRAI Week-long Rider Registration Deadline is April 1

RAGBRAI Week-long Rider Registration Deadline is April 1

Sat, Mar 22, 2014

Your week-long rider registration must be finalized by April 1 (registration, waiver, and payment).  All week-long rider minor waivers must be postmarked by April 1.  Any groups will weeklong riders as members must be finalized by April 1.  We will ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Registration FAQ

RAGBRAI 2014 Registration FAQ

Mon, Mar 17, 2014

The RAGBRAI XLII weeklong rider registration deadline is coming up ( entries due April 1) so we thought answer some of your most commonly asked questions to help make the process a little easier.

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Saturday, July 26: Independence to Guttenberg

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Saturday, July 26: Independence to Guttenberg

Sat, Mar 15, 2014

Day 7: Independence to Guttenberg And now: The hills. The final day’s 3,000-foot climb is just about twice as high as most of the previous days. So if riders didn’t know why the state’s northeast calls itself “Little Switzerland,” well, they ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Friday, July 25: Waverly to Independence

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Friday, July 25: Waverly to Independence

Fri, Mar 14, 2014

Day 6: Waverly to Independence The route zigzags northeast toward Tripoli (pronounced trih-PO-la, by the way) and then curves past the Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area, a refuge for deer, doves and various waterfowl. It’s wet, sure, but riders who want to make a ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Training Plan for RAGBRAI 2014 and How to Use it

RAGBRAI Training: Training Plan for RAGBRAI 2014 and How to Use it

One of the most popular posts I write each year is this one – the one that has the training plan in it. Once again I have put together a 15 week training plan for RAGBRAI this year. ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Thursday, July 24: Mason City to Waverly

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Thursday, July 24: Mason City to Waverly

Thu, Mar 13, 2014

Day 5: Mason City to Waverly Riders can rest their weary bones where older bones have been resting for a long time: at the Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve and Center just outside of Rockford. The former clay quarry was a popular ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Wednesday, July 23: Forest City to Mason City

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Wednesday, July 23: Forest City to Mason City

Wed, Mar 12, 2014

Day 4: Forest City to Mason City Wednesday’s trek is the second-shortest of the week at barely more than 41 miles. In the wake of Okoboji it will rate another amphibious day for riders with plenty of lake action. Ventura is a resort ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Tuesday, July 22: Emmetsburg to Forest City

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Tuesday, July 22: Emmetsburg to Forest City

Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Day 3: Emmetsburg to Forest City Tuesday morning’s throng that wheels out of Emmetsburg should leave enough appetite for a second breakfast 21 miles down the road inRingsted. City clerk Cathy Wikert hinted that her town’s menu would feature aebleskiver (small, ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Monday, July 21: Okoboji to Emmetsburg

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Monday, July 21: Okoboji to Emmetsburg

Mon, Mar 10, 2014

Day 2: Okoboji to Emmetsburg This short 40.8-mile day is made for lingering over the quirks, history and old-timey charm that riders have come to love. In Graettinger, you can get off your cellphone for a minute and stop by the River Valley ...

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RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Sunday, July 20: Rock Valley to Okoboji

RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Sunday, July 20: Rock Valley to Okoboji

Sun, Mar 9, 2014

Day 1: Rock Valley to Okoboji Rock Valley is a pleasant town of 3,354 in Sioux County, which you may have heard is ordered and well-mannered countryside. Folks there even call it “square.” Relax. They’re talking about the wide streets laid ...

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RAGBRAI XLII: Day-by-day breakdown of the route

RAGBRAI XLII: Day-by-day breakdown of the route

Sat, Mar 8, 2014

Day 1: Rock Valley to Okoboji Rock Valley is a pleasant town of 3,354 in Sioux County, which you may have heard is ordered and well-mannered countryside. Folks there even call it “square.” Relax. They’re talking about the wide streets laid ...

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Get ready for the full RAGBRAI XLII route announcement

Get ready for the full RAGBRAI XLII route announcement

Sun, Mar 2, 2014

The countdown to RAGBRAI XLII is on. Six never-before-visited towns will dot the the full route of this year’s ride, which be announced Sunday, March 9. Be sure to pick up the Des Moines Sunday Register or go to DesMoinesRegister.com or RAGBRAI.com for a ...

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