RAGBRAI XLIV Countdown – July 24-30, 2016
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What is RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state.  Heading into its 44th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest multi-day recreational bicycle touring event in the world.  Des Moines Register Media has been the title sponsor of RAGBRAI since 1973.

When is RAGBRAI?

The ride is always held the last full week of July, Sunday through Saturday.  For 2016 that will be July 24-30, 2016.

What does it cost?

A week-long rider fee is $175; a week-long non-rider fee is $35. A vehicle permit is $40 for a personal vehicle or straight truck, and $50 for a Bus or RV. Instead of entering for the week, participants may enter for daily wristbands for $30 per day.

What is included in the entry fees?

The cost includes wristbands, route marking signage, baggage transportation from overnight to overnight community, camping accommodations, discounts, SAG wagon services along the route, four CARE Ambulances, a mobile Emergency Room and paramedic teams on the route each day, traffic controlled by Iowa State Patrol officers, 10 bicycle repair shops dispersed along the route, souvenir patch, official daily route maps, bike shipping stations at the beginning and end of the ride, and free shipping of Lost and Found items turned in during and after the ride.

What is the route?

RAGBRAI begins somewhere near Iowa’s western border and ends along the eastern border at the Mississippi River. We change the route each year and we will announce the overnight towns at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on Saturday, January 23, 2016 and in The Des Moines Register and on our web site (www.ragbrai.com).

How many miles is the ride?

The seven-day total mileage for RAGBRAI averages 468 miles while the daily mileage averages 67 miles. There is an optional loop (called the Karras Loop) on one day each year for cyclists wanting the challenge of riding a full century 100 miles.

When can I enter?

Registration for RAGBRAI opens November 15, 2015 for RAGBRAI XLIV.

When is the entry deadline?

The deadline for week-long riders is April 1, 2016. Your entry form, waiver, and payment  must be submitted by April 1, 2016 to be eligible for the lottery.Week-long rider registrations will not be accepted after April 1.  If an individual or group elects to submit a manual (paper) entry, the entry including the signed original waiver(s) and payment must be complete, correct and dated no later than Feb. 15, 2016. Please note that day-pass registrations are due online June 1, 2016 and are are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Day-pass registrations are not subject to the lottery.

Is there a limit on entries?

RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 daily riders. Entries can exceed the number of riders allowed, so a random computer lottery takes place after all of the entries are entered in the computer. Lottery results are available online on May 1, 2016.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Honoring the Veterans of RAGBRAI on Monday

    This year RAGBRAI wanted to pay tribute to all the armed service members on our ride - so in Creston on Monday night, we will host a short service in ...

  • "Mile of Silence" and Iowa Bicycle Coalition Petition Brings Awareness to Fatal Bike Crashes

    There have now been eight people that died in bicycle deaths on Iowa's roads and trails. Eight is double the number from 2015 and the highest total since 2010. ...

  • RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #10: The RIGHT Condition

    This is my final article on RIDE RIGHT before the big ride. Ironically, the big tip is “Get yourself in good physical shape.” We start riding on Sunday, ...

  • Free Health & Wellness Screenings in Leon on RAGBRAI in Memory of Chris Charron

    In memory of Chris Charoon, Decatur County Hospital, an affiliate of the Mercy Health Network, has partnered with the Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Hy-Vee to offer health and wellness ...

  • Donations Accepted at the RAGBRAI Expo and Karras Loop for Karras/Kaul Statue

    RAGBRAIers have the opportunity to immortalize the individuals that created this event that is known as RAGBRAI!

  • Chris Charron's Legacy will Live on During RAGBRAI

    On Tuesday evening in Leon, RAGBRAI will remember Chris Charron. Chris's passion pushed RAGBRAI into the digital age with their first website as well as his Virtual RAGBRAI.

  • Stop by the PeopleForBikes Booth During the RAGBRAI Expo

    PeopleForBikes is uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make bike riding better for everyone. Stop by their booth during the RAGBRAI expo to ...

  • RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #9: The RIGHT Attention

    It isn’t easy to concentrate for seven days of bicycle riding with 10,000 or more people, but you have to. There are all kinds of things to pay attention ...

  • Only Riding a Few Days on RAGBRAI This Year?

    You can purchase day wristbands or non-rider wristbands before the start of the ride.  Look for our registration table at the Glenwood High School on expo day, Saturday, July 23 from ...

  • RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #8: The RIGHT Attitude

    Having the Right Attitude can go a long way when riding on RAGBRAI. You need to be considerate of others on the ride, as well as being predictable as ...

Latest Videos

  • RAGBRAI FRIDAY: Stop by West Chester Community Center, a former school which in its first year graduated two students in 1921. It is now known for its current \u0022residents\u0022 as locals call the ghostly sightings confirmed by two paranormal gro

  • The Todd House Museum in Tabor, was formerly a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era.

  • Lyle Dumont talks about his impressive model train display at the Dumont Museum in Sigourney. He began building it in 2008. You can see it Friday on RAGBRAI.

  • Whistle Nut and his bull, Ole, will be in Humeston offering RAGBRAI riders on Wednesday a chance to ride a professional rodeo bull.

  • As RAGBRAI rolls into Villisca on Day 2, riders may want to take advantage of $5 tours of the Villisca Ax Murder House. So what really happened? A tour guide explains one of Iowa's most gruesome, unsolved crimes.

  • Imogene, a small town in southwest Iowa is adding two additional Masses for RAGBRAI riders who wish to attend Sunday service on the first day of this year's ride.

  • Yep, for real. You're welcome. But here's the scoop from gravel-cycling expert Craig Cooper on this year's gravel loop on Day 1 of RAGBRAI.

  • In 1983, Steve Saxton and his family decided to build a lake. One year and over a million yards of dirt later, the Saxton's had built Little River Lake where many a RAGBRAI rider will cool off.

  • On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 a "ghost bike" was installed in rural Boone County to mark the spot where Mark Snopek was killed while riding his bike on August 8, 2007.

  • RAGBRAI 2016 Jersey

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