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

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!

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RAGBRAI Route: Wednesday, July 27 - Leon to Centerville

RAGBRAI Route: Wednesday, July 27 – Leon to Centerville

The route treks mainly east for 65.1 miles with just 2,708 feet of climb. You can tell friends that you rode your bike to New York, Bethlehem and Mystic ...

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8 photos: RAGBRAI founders Karras and Kaul on bikes

8 photos: RAGBRAI founders Karras and Kaul on bikes

See RAGBRAI cofounders Don Kaul and John Karras in the early years of RAGBRAI.

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Legends of John Karras and fortune cookie

Legends of John Karras and fortune cookie

What would have happened if a spill in Washta had turned out differently in 1973?

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How RAGBRAI Began!  Unearthed Photos from Karras and Kaul's 1971 Ride that Spawned RAGBRAI

How RAGBRAI Began! Unearthed Photos from Karras and Kaul’s 1971 Ride that Spawned RAGBRAI

Vintage photos were discovered of Donald Kaul and John Karras bicycling the rural Iowa roads in 1971, two full years before our official two-wheeled genesis.

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RAGBRAI Reflections with John Karras

RAGBRAI Reflections with John Karras

by John Karras, Grampa RAGBRAI A strange, but predictable, thing happened this year to Ann and I on our way to our umpteenth time to ride RAGBRAI–we were physically unable to ...

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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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Latest Blog Posts

  • A big thanks to nuun hydration for supporting RAGBRAI

    A big thanks to nuun for supporting RAGBRAI and keeping riders hydrated this summer!

  • Thank you to TransIowa Equipment

    Thank you to TransIowa Equipment for helping keep the #RAGBRAI towns clean every day!

  • Thanks Jamis!

    Just wanted to thank Jamis Bikes for supporting #RAGBRAI this summer. This is the 3rd year Jamis has brought a fleet of bikes to Iowa.

  • Thanks Bianchi!

    Just wanted to thank Bianchi for their continued support of #RAGBRAI every summer by bringing their demo team to Iowa!

  • RAGBRAI Web Store Now Open!

    The RAGBRAI Web Store is NOW OPEN!

  • RAGBRAI Training: Now that RAGBRAI is Over for Another Year, What Should You Do?

    Well, RAGBRAI came and went, and I hope you were well prepared and had a great time. Hopefully you learned something to do better for next year.

  • Adventure Traveler's Video Captures the Essence of RAGBRAI

    Check out this great ‪‎RAGBRAI‬ video from Ryan Van Duzer, who travels the world and creating content aimed at inspiring people to hit the road.

  • Congratulations to the Dream Team on Another Great Year!

    The Dream Team uses the power of a bicycle to assist youth in developing a positive approach to life’s challenges.

  • Congratulations to Grace from Shenandoah for Winning the 2016 RAGBRAI Kid’s Art Contest

    This year’s winner of the RAGBRAI Kid’s Art Contest is 9 year old Grace from Shenandoah. Grace’s artwork depicted the local theme in Shenandoah of “Peace, Love, Ride”

  • Good and bad luck of another unforgettable RAGBRAI

    Amid tragedy and serendipity, you can't make this stuff up.

Latest Videos

  • Take a look back on all the fun moments the Des Moines Register staff captured on video during RAGBRAI 2016.

  • Riders brave the swinging bridge in Columbus Junction.

  • Winds remain out of the northeast for Saturday and with partly sunny skies, highs will hold in the lower 80s. The weekend looks dry for the most part, perfect for those finishing up Ragbrai or maybe heading out to the Indianola Balloon Classic.

  • Omaha-based Team Pump's bus is one of the most colorful, and oldest, team buses currently operating in RAGBRAI.

  • Hal Colliver has been collecting signs since 1973. Its a hobby of his he loves to share with others who often stop by to look at his barn.

  • Teresa Condon and Tracy Henriksen have fun in their infant costumes.

  • Riders take over Wooden Wheel Vineyard

  • The complete century ride, including the Karras Loop, from Leon to Centerville on RAGBRAI 2016.

  • Lyle Dumont has built and rebuilt enough model trains and full size tractors to fill 30,000 square feet of space. Take a look around his collections

  • \u0022The best part of this job is hearing all the thank-yous,\u0022 Iowa State Patrol trooper says.

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