RAGBRAI XLIV Countdown – July 24-30, 2016
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Photo Galleries

  • Photos: Team Buses on RAGBRAI

    Each bus manages to be unique along the ride

  • RAGBRAI Day 6 photos: Ottumwa to Washington

    RAGBRAI riders are entering the home stretch, traveling from Ottumwa to Washington on Day 6.

  • 12 photos: Rick Springfield headlines in Ottumwa

    The 80s icon gave a free outdoor concert in the Bridge View Center parking lot.

  • RAGBRAI photos: Lance Armstrong and friends

    Lance Armstrong returned to the RAGBRAI route -- and he brought along some of his famous athlete friends.

  • RAGBRAI Day 5 photos: Centerville to Ottumwa

    On Day 5, RAGBRAI riders will travel from Centerville to Ottumwa, where they will have the opportunity to see Rick Springfield in concert.

  • Photos: RAGBRAI Day 4, Leon to Centerville

    RAGBRAI moved past its midpoint Wednesday, with riders moving from Leon to Centerville

  • 9 photos: Wackiest bikes and outfits in Mount Ayr

    Des Moines Register photojournalist Rodney White took portraits of some of RAGBRAI's extremes.

  • RAGBRAI Day 3 photos: Creston to Leon

    Images from Day 3 of RAGBRAI, which takes riders from Creston to Leon.

  • 11 photos: Scenes from the gravel loop

    It was a rocky detour to the Irish capital of southwest Iowa, Imogene.

  • Day 2 Photos: Shenandoah to Creston

    Images from Day 2 of RAGBRAI, which takes riders from Shenandoah to Creston.

Video Galleries

  • Winds remain out of the northeast for Saturday and with partly sunny skies, highs will hold in the lower 80s. The weekend looks dry for the most part, perfect for those finishing up Ragbrai or maybe heading out to the Indianola Balloon Classic.

  • Omaha-based Team Pump's bus is one of the most colorful, and oldest, team buses currently operating in RAGBRAI.

  • Hal Colliver has been collecting signs since 1973. Its a hobby of his he loves to share with others who often stop by to look at his barn.

  • Teresa Condon and Tracy Henriksen have fun in their infant costumes.

  • Riders take over Wooden Wheel Vineyard

  • The complete century ride, including the Karras Loop, from Leon to Centerville on RAGBRAI 2016.

  • Lyle Dumont has built and rebuilt enough model trains and full size tractors to fill 30,000 square feet of space. Take a look around his collections

  • \u0022The best part of this job is hearing all the thank-yous,\u0022 Iowa State Patrol trooper says.

  • During a stop at the Air Power Museum outside of Blakesburg Team Evil Eye stopped to get a higher view of RAGBRAI.

  • A group of kids play in bubble ball suits during RAGBRAI on Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Ottumwa.

What to look for Saturday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Saturday on RAGBRAI

Sat, Jul 30, 2016

The final day of RAGBRAI 2016 promises to be the easiest of the week!

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Check out one of RAGBRAI's oldest buses

Check out one of RAGBRAI’s oldest buses

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Omaha-based Team Pump's bus is one of the most colorful, and oldest, team buses currently operating in RAGBRAI.

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Do you want a professional painting of your RAGBRAI bike? 

Do you want a professional painting of your RAGBRAI bike? 

You’ll have your memories of RAGBRAI XLIV, but perhaps you want something more tangible to commemorate your trek across Iowa. Artists Michael and Mary Ann Holmes may be able to help. The pair have been selling acrylic paintings of bicycles at the ...

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'Doing fine at 10 x 9': Meet Clarence Boesenberg, a 90-year-old rider

‘Doing fine at 10 x 9’: Meet Clarence Boesenberg, a 90-year-old rider

Clarence Boesenberg, of Cedar Rapids, was one of the only riders on his team who wanted to complete the additional gravel loop this week on RAGBRAI. “I guess they don’t make them like they used to,” the determined 90-year-old told them. They ...

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Love at first RAGBRAI: An engagement story

Love at first RAGBRAI: An engagement story

The text message read, “I held off telling you but she’s on a bike ride across Iowa for five days.” David Maxwell’s friend had been trying to set him up with a girl, but this friend was texting him to see ...

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What to look for Friday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Friday on RAGBRAI

Friday brings more unique Iowa sights on what promises to be a near-perfect Iowa day.

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12 photos: Rick Springfield headlines in Ottumwa

12 photos: Rick Springfield headlines in Ottumwa

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

The 80s icon gave a free outdoor concert in the Bridge View Center parking lot.

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Hyperlapse video: Bubble ball in Ottumwa

Hyperlapse video: Bubble ball in Ottumwa

A group of kids play in bubble ball suits during RAGBRAI in Ottumwa.

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RAGBRAI a breeze for 580,000-mile rider on kid's mountain bike

RAGBRAI a breeze for 580,000-mile rider on kid’s mountain bike

His 580,000 miles biked is a figure that is at least well publicized.

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Riders take flight in antique biplane

Riders take flight in antique biplane

The plane "takes RAGBRAI to a whole new level."

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Bike safety lures RAGBRAI's Bananaman into politics

Bike safety lures RAGBRAI’s Bananaman into politics

“Politics is kind of funny sometimes,” Mike Knox said in the understatement of the week.

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Siblings tackle Parkinson's and one RAGBRAI day together with a tricycle

Siblings tackle Parkinson’s and one RAGBRAI day together with a tricycle

Mary Beth Sixt-Jackson, 57, didn't let Parkinson's disease keep her from RAGBRAI.

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What to look for Thursday on RAGBRAI

What to look for Thursday on RAGBRAI

Breathtaking views and unique attractions fill the docket again, building to Rick Springfield's show in Ottumwa.

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Driver who fatally struck rider devastated, wife says

Driver who fatally struck rider devastated, wife says

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

She said her family has been harassed since Sunday by people they don't know who heard about the crash that killed Wayne Ezell in the news.

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