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Munson: Celebrating a legend in Bancroft

Munson: Celebrating a legend in Bancroft

Tuesday was unofficial legends day on RAGBRAI XLII.

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Reflections from John Karras: That Old Magic Is Still There!

Reflections from John Karras: That Old Magic Is Still There!

It seems impossible that after all these years (from 1973 to today) I can still feel that mixture of anticipation and apprehension about an approaching RAGBRAI. Yes, seems impossible, ...

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Reflections with Grampa RAGBRAI: The Old Wagon Master

Reflections with Grampa RAGBRAI: The Old Wagon Master

This is the time of year I invariably find myself thinking about the late Don Benson, who served as RAGBRAI's director from 1973, the ride's first year, for 19 years, ...

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Karras: Ready to RIDE RAGBRAI Again?

Karras: Ready to RIDE RAGBRAI Again?

As the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa looms in the near distance, two notions and a question scurry about in my mind. The question, of ...

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RAGBRAI 2012: For 40th, Karras, Kaul, Mr. Pork Chop weigh in

RAGBRAI 2012: For 40th, Karras, Kaul, Mr. Pork Chop weigh in

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. — Thursday night’s biggest cheers? They weren’t for the governor, or for RAGBRAI co-founder John Karras, or the ride itself, and maybe not even for the main ...

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RAGBRAI 2012: John Karras, ‘Grandpa RAGBRAI,’ accepts thanks (and ribbing)

RAGBRAI 2012: John Karras, ‘Grandpa RAGBRAI,’ accepts thanks (and ribbing)

STRATFORD, Ia. – When you’re 82 years old and created what has become an Iowa rite of summer, it’s OK to stand in one spot and let the Register’s Annual ...

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Karras Reflects: No One Dreamed What RAGBRAI Would Become

Karras Reflects: No One Dreamed What RAGBRAI Would Become

So here we are, about to embark on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa XL. Who might have guessed that there would be more than one of these ...

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Thoughts from Grampa RAGBRAI

Thoughts from Grampa RAGBRAI

Updates from John Karras, RAGBRAI Co-Founder... With RAGBRAI XL (that’s 40, to you non-Roman-numeraly hip dudes) looming ever closer, an unwanted fact keeps bonking around in the back of my mind: ...

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Happy Birthday Grampa RAGBRAI!

Happy Birthday Grampa RAGBRAI!

We wish the happiest of birthdays to RAGBRAI co-founder, John Karras. Karras, along with Donald Kaul, founded the bicycle adventure that is known today as RAGBRAI. John still ...

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Memories of 1973: Conversations with Karras

Memories of 1973: Conversations with Karras

I had some interesting conversations with John Karras about this year’s RAGBRAI and the ride in 1973 that should be shared.

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  • RAGBRAI celebrity Taco Johnson helps dad, son connect

    How to make the boy understand and simultaneously stay better connected with him throughout the week? Eureka! The universal, ageless antidote for the doldrums: Legos.

  • Top 10 things we'll remember about RAGBRAI XLII

    After 42 years, each ride can seem pretty much like the one before -- except when they don't.

  • Beer ride: Microbrews catch up on RAGBRAI

    RAGBRAI has a reputation for being awash in light beer from corporate breweries. Yet more craft brewers are training palates at the state's biggest rolling party.

  • Conquered: What cyclists defeated to finish RAGBRAI

    This was only my fourth time on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and yet I struggle to conjure an appropriate description of this bizarre, beloved pilgrimage that ...

  • Colorado couple undaunted by RAGBRAI's tiny hills

    Dave and Kathi Dibbern perched themselves on a tree stump Saturday in Garber, the final pass-through town before RAGBRAI’s finish line in Guttenberg. They ride a tandem bicycle. And they’re unafraid ...

  • Video: How does it feel to finish RAGBRAI?

    Riders react at the Guttenberg dip site.

  • Video: Whoa! RAGBRAI riders overlook the scenic view in Guttenberg

    Riders stopped for photos on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River at Guttenberg.

  • "Strawberry Shortcake" greets RAGBRAI riders

    The 15-year-old Starmont High School student hands out strawberry hard candies to RAGBRAI riders in Strawberry Point

  • Video: Iowa's favorite bachelor steals hearts on RAGBRAI

    Iowan "Bachelorette" competitor Chris Soules greets riders in Strawberry Point

  • Iowa's favorite bachelor steals hearts in Strawberry Point

    A tire dip in the Mississippi is a rite of passage for RAGBRAI riders - but a smile and a hug from Iowa's favorite bachelor was the must-have photo opportunity ...

Latest Videos

  • A group of friends from Canada spent the week on RAGBRAI and recount their best moments.

  • As RAGBRAI XLII comes to an end, friends from California talk about the emotion behind dipping their tires into the Mississippi River at the end of the ride.

  • Riders react at the Guttenberg dip site.

  • Riders stopped for photos on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River at Guttenberg.

  • Iowan "Bachelorette" competitor Chris Soules greets riders in Strawberry Point

  • Former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL tight end Dallas Clark talks about his second RAGBRAI and his hope of someday moving his family back to Iowa.

  • The LeBeaus are known as royalty in Iowa and for their funky socks!

  • Jason Pardie, of Muscatine, is participating in his sixth RAGBRAI on a unicycle.

  • The LeBeaus are known as royalty on RAGBRAI and for their funky socks.

  • A Dutch woman describes the differences of biking in the Netherlands and biking in Iowa.

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