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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 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.  Des Moines Register Media has been the title sponsor of RAGBRAI since 1973.

When is RAGBRAI?

July 21-27, 2013. (It will always be the last full week of July)

What does it cost?

A week-long rider fee is $150; a week-long non-rider fee is $35. A vehicle permit is $35. Instead of entering for the week, participants may enter for daily wristbands for $25 per day.

What is included in the entry fees?

The cost includes wristbands, route marking signage, baggage transportation, camping accommodations, discounts, SAG wagon services, emergency medical services, traffic control, souvenir patch, daily route maps, and entries into drawing for a free prizes for riders and other prizes for support vehicle drivers.

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 26, 2013 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.

When can I enter?

You can enter RAGBRAI beginning Nov. 15, 2012.

When is the entry deadline?

The deadline for week-long riders is April 1, 2013. Your entry form, waiver, and payment  must be submitted by April 1, 2013 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, 2013. Please note that day-pass registrations are due on June 1, 2013 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, 2013.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Riding to remember: Carter LeBeau honored Friday

    The deaths of notable figures from the four decades of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa often have triggered a similar grieving process for families and teammates: a ...

  • What to look for Friday

    Here’s a quick look ahead toward Friday’s 66-mile ride from Waverly to Independence:

  • Munson: Convince your mind that your body can do it

    I had another RAGBRAI epiphany Thursday. If this 418-mile ride seems tough, I have only my defeatist thinking to blame.

  • RAGBRAI's biggest liar tells riders he had founded Marble Rock

    Bill Wentworth of Marble Rock told riders he founded the town -- you know, back in the 1800s.

  • Drone spies on RAGBRAI at Marble Rock

    Bill Bucklen's remote-controlled drone shot photos of RAGBRAI riders as they pedaled through Marble Rock.

  • Video: College spirit showdown on RAGBRAI

    Today riders wear jerseys in spirit for their college on RAGBRAI.

  • Video: Show me your wheels: Bamboo Bike

    Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz explains that she helped build a bamboo-frame bicycle to ride in RAGBRAI to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on rural bamboo-craft communities in the ...

  • Video: Show me your wheels: Skateboarding across Iowa

    Ryan, from Des Moines, explains his passion for longboarding and what drove him to skate across the state.

  • Video: The Game Of Iowa played on RAGBRAI

    Elizabeth Reetz from Team Archaeology plays the vintage "Game of Iowa", a roll-and-move trivia game with questions about Iowa, at East Park in Mason City.

  • Video: Joe Sixpack rates RAGBRAI craft beer

    Beer columnist Don "Joe Sixpack" Russell from Philly rides his first RAGBRAI.

Latest Videos

  • RAGBRAI is often a family tradition. This year, riders are paying special tributes to family members who are no longer on the ride.

  • Bill Wentworth of Marble Rock told riders he founded the town -- you know, back in the 1800s.

  • Elizabeth Reetz from Team Archaeology plays the vintage "Game of Iowa" at East Park in Mason City.

  • Ryan Francois, from Des Moines, explains his passion for longboarding and what drove him to skate across the state.

  • Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz explains that she helped build a bamboo-frame bicycle to ride in RAGBRAI to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on rural bamboo-craft communities in the Philippines.

  • Today riders wear jerseys in spirit for their college on RAGBRAI.

  • Bill Bucklen's remote-controlled drone shot photos of RAGBRAI riders as they pedaled through Marble Rock.

  • Riders dig for fossils at Fossil Prairie Park at the entrance for Rockford.

  • Riders can take home their own Devonian fossil from the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve in Rockford.

  • Experience the morning RAGBRAI excitement in Nora Springs.

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