RAGBRAI XLIII Countdown – July 19-25, 2015
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Route Announcement Party

2015 RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party
Saturday, January 24, 2015
7-8pm (Pre-Party VIP & IBC Members Entrance)
8pm (General Admission Doors Open) Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall B) in Downtown Des Moines

Do you want to know the 2015 RAGBRAI XLIII Route? Attend the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on January 24, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center Vets Auditorium in Des Moines. The evening will feature live music with a special performance from POP ROCKS. This is the event that kicks off the year of bicycling.  The evening will feature the live music of the POP ROCKS, they played that rocking party in Rock Valley on opening Saturday night of RAGBRAI! Check out this video of the band and you’ll know why!



Iowa Events Center 833 5th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309 View location on Google Maps

Iowa Bike Expo:

Coming to Des Moines Early? Attend the Iowa Bicycle Expo from 10 AM to 5:30 PM at the Iowa Events Center.

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Members:

There is a Pre-Event from 7-8 PM for Iowa Bicycle Coalition members only. You must be a current member to attend. You aren’t an Iowa Bicycle Coalition member yet? visit https://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org/join In addition to live music and the RAGBRAI route announcement, this special night will feature: Silent Auctions on Great Cycling Items Door Prizes “Guess the Route” Raffles Iowa Bicycle Coalition Updates Complimentary Drafts (also a Cash Bar) Special Commemorative Souvenir Gift Fun for ALL!


$35 (early bird rate until January 10) $45 (after January 10) $55 (day of)


Special rates are available at the following hotels until January 2, 2015:

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel 401 Locust Street · Des Moines, $104 plus tax per night Call 515-244-2151 or Click to reserve online.

Holiday Inn Downtown/Mercy Campus 1050 6th Ave, 50314 Des Moines, $97.95 plus tax per night

Call (515) 283-0151 or Click to reserve online.

Ask for the Iowa Bicycle Summit block room rate


Des Moines International Airport, 5800 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321, (515) 256-5050, http://www.dsmairport.com

Driving Directions:

From Interstate 35 from the North: Follow I-235 West into Downtown Des Moines and take the Third Street Exit to the Iowa Events Center. From Interstate 35 from the South: Merge onto I-235 East exit and travel east towards Downtown Des Moines. Take the downtown exit and proceed to the Third Street exit. From Interstate 80 from the East: Headed west on I-80, take the I-235 West exit and continue towards Downtown Des Moines. Take the 3rd Street exit (Downtown Des Moines) and go south to the Iowa Events Center complex. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance. From Interstate 80 from the West: Headed east on I-80, take the I-235 East exit and continue towards Downtown Des Moines. Take the Iowa Events Center Exit (Third Street) and turn right. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

Iowa Events Center Parking Information:

Parking at the Iowa Events Center: Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off the following streets: Third, Fifth, and Crocker. Iowa Events Center surface lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility, and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

Past Events:

Check out the 2014 Photo Gallery,  2013 Photo Gallery,  2012 Photo Gallery or the 2011 Photo Gallery to see the fun!


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