RAGBRAI XLV Countdown – July 23-29, 2017
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The route encompasses 62.6 miles and 1,283 feet of climb.  You can add to that total by riding the 3rd annual optional Gravel Loop to Sutherland.  The Mile of Silence will take place after Granville in honor of those cyclists that we have lost.

Click to download pdf of Sunday’s Map

SUNDAY – JULY 23, 2017
Orange City to Alton – 3.0 miles
Alton to Granville – 7.0 miles
Granville to Paullina – 9.6 miles
Paullina to Primghar (Meeting) – 10.0 miles
Gravel Loop to Sutherland – 19.2 miles (optional)
Primghar to Hartley – 14.0 miles
Hartley to Spencer – 19.0 miles

Total Mileage: 62.6 miles (81.8 with the Gravel Loop)
Total Feet of Climb: 1,283 (1,941 with the Gravel Loop)

The route travels 71.7 miles and a relatively flat 1,631 feet of climb.  You can ride a century that day by riding the Karras Loop to Plover.  A highlight for many will be a visit to the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, truly one of Iowa’s gems!  Monday will be Mr. Pork Chop Day a we ride in the memory of the late Paul Bernhard who served RAGBRAIers tasty pooooork choooops for decades!

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MONDAY – JULY 24, 2017
Spencer to Ayrshire – 24.0 miles
Ayrshire to Curlew – 10.2 miles
Curlew to Mallard – 5.6 miles
Mallard to West Bend (Meeting) – 13.4 miles
Karras Loop to Plover – 29.6 miles (optional)
West Bend to Whittemore – 8.3 miles
Whittemore to Algona – 10.2 miles

Total Mileage: 71.7 miles (101.3 with the Karras Loop)
Total Feet of Climb: 1,631 (2,087 with the Karras Loop)

The day’s ride will cover 51.4 miles and just 934 feet of climb.  Although we will visit only four pass-through towns, they are towns that have done a great job of hosting RAGBRAI in the past.  The last 6-mile stretch between Ventura and Clear Lake is a scenic ride around the northern shores of Clear Lake.  Tuesday is also PeopleForBikes Day.

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TUESDAY – JULY 25, 2017
Algona to Wesley – 13.9 miles
Wesley to Britt – 9.5 miles
Britt to Garner (Meeting) – 15.0 miles
Garner to Ventura – 7.4 miles
Ventura to Clear Lake – 5.6 miles

Total Mileage: 51.4 miles
Total Feet of Climb: 934 

Wednesday’s RAGBRAI route will visit the town of Thornton for the first time in RAGBRAI history and then ride to Swaledale, which featured the inventions of local farmer Dale Caspers during our last visit in 2010.  Dale passed away in February and we hope Dale’s inventions can be brought to life again during RAGBRAI.  Rockwell has a great aquatic center for our meeting town and Cartersville will also be on the route, a stop that was quite memorable in 2010 for their swinging aquatics!  Rockford rounds out the route, home to devonian fossils in the the Floyd County Fossil and Prairie Park Center.  Wednesday is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, honoring the brave men and women who help protect us everyday.

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WEDNESDAY – JULY 26, 2017
Clear Lake to Thornton – 13.1 miles
Thornton to Swaledale – 5.6 miles
Swaledale to Rockwell (Meeting) – 6.0 miles
Rockwell to Cartersville – 6.7 miles
Cartersville to Rockford – 10.7 miles
Rockford to Charles City – 15.4 miles

Total Mileage: 57.5 miles
Total Feet of Climb: 1,290

Thursday’s route travels just 54.6 miles but we will start to experience some hills as we climb 2,257 feet.  We will visit the towns of Ionia and New Hampton for the first time in 40 years!  We will also make our inaugural visit to Lawler and then a final stop in Protivin before heading north to Cresco.  Thursday is RAGBRAI Jersey Day.

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THURSDAY – JULY 27, 2017
Charles City to Ionia – 13.0 miles
Ionia to New Hampton (Meeting) – 8.5 miles
New Hampton to Lawler – 8.3 miles
Lawler to Protivin – 12.7 miles
Protivin to Cresco – 12.1 miles

Total Mileage: 54.6 miles
Total Feet of Climb: 2,257 

The route travels 60.1 miles as we climb 2,483 feet.  RAGBRAIers will visit Decorah during the 51st annual Nordic Fest, which celebrates their Norwegian heritage.  We’ll ride through Decorah for the first time since 1999 and we’ll ride past one of Iowa’s top breweries in Toppling Goliath.  RAGBRAI will then make a return visit to the town of Ossian before travel to Castelia and Postville for the first time before making their way into Waukon.  Friday is College Spirit Day where we encourage you to proud wear your school’s jersey or apparel.

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FRIDAY – JULY 28, 2017
Cresco to Decorah (Meeting) – 19.5 miles
Decorah to Ossian – 14. 7 miles
Ossian to Castelia – 5.1 miles
Castalia to Postville – 6.1 miles
Postville to Waukon – 14.7 miles

Total Mileage: 60.1 miles
Total Feet of Climb: 2,483

The entire route will be new RAGBRAI territory as will journey travels 44.8 miles with some nice climbs totaling 3,200 feet throughout Allamakee County. You will not think you are in Iowa as scenic landscape and winding scenic byways show off the splendor of the Driftless Area.  RAGBRAIers will visit the town of Waterville for the very first time and then ride through the Yellow River State Forest.  Riders will then pull into Harpers Ferry, another first time RAGBRAI community.  Riders can dip their tires if they wish in the Mississippi River at one of Harpers Ferry’s many boat ramps.  The last 13 mile leg of RAGBRAI XLV will travel north along the Great River Road as we travel to Lansing to end is the beautiful river town on Lansing.  If you didn’t get enough fun on the bike, you can climb the ultra-steep Mt. Hosmer just blocks from downtown and the river. Lansing will be a great ending to RAGBRAI XLV!

Click to download pdf of Saturday’s Map  

SATURDAY – JULY 29, 2017
Waukon to Waterville – 15.0 miles
Waterville to Yellow River State Forest – 8.8 miles
Yellow River State Forest to Harpers Ferry – 7.4 miles
Harpers Ferry to Lansing – 13.6 miles
(Note: There is no meeting day on this final day)

Total Mileage:  44.8 miles
Total Feet of Climb: 3,200

RAGBRAI XLV – July 23-29, 2017

Click to download pdf of the RAGBRAI Map 

The route (towns and roads) is subject to change.

Support vehicle maps will be released in early July.

 

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