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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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  • Video: RAGBRAIers 'show us (their) wheels'

    We've asked RAGBRAI riders to "show us your wheels" and we got exactly what we asked for.

  • Munson: Wednesday was so easy ...

    I had an inkling that Wednesday was the easiest RAGBRAI day in history when I zoomed by the Mr. Pork Chop bus before 9 a.m. and rolled into Clear Lake ...

  • What to look for Thursday

    Here’s a quick look ahead toward Thursday’s 66-mile ride from Mason City to Waverly

  • RAGBRAI rider plays guitar made from cigar box

    Check out these two guys who brought some interesting guitars along for RAGBRAI.

  • Video: How did Joe Sixpack get his nickname?

    Ever heard of a beer columnist? Well RAGBRAI has! Hear what Donald 'Joe Sixpack' Russell has to say about being a beer reporter.

  • 86-year-old world bicycling champ takes it easy on RAGBRAI

    Carl Grove doesn't look like a world champion. He doesn't look 86 years old, either, but it's true.

  • Native's kids visit Iowa for first time on RAGBRAI

    Though 58-year-old Tom Murray is from Storm Lake, his kids, who live in China and Minnesota, had never visited the state.

  • RAGBRAI riders visit Buddy Holly's last stop

    RAGBRAI riders boogied on the dance floor with their decorated helmets and sweat-drenched shirts, as they visited the last place Buddy Holly played before he died in a plane crash ...

  • Forest City starts cleanup, plans for more toilets next time

    Cleanup is "a community effort," said Gary Ludwig, the chairman of Forest City RAGBRAI. "That's what RAGBRAI is about. Everyone does something."

  • Lance Armstrong lost-bag tweet elicits disparaging responses

    Lance Armstrong asked on Twitter Tuesday night for help finding a lost bag in Forest City. The replies included no sign of the bag, but plenty of jabs about Armstrong's ...

Latest Videos

  • RAGBRAI riders show us their wheels.

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

  • Brian Denney and Gretchen Imhoff from Springfield, Ill., were married July 23 in Clear Lake in the middle of RAGBRAI.

  • Team CUBS based in Chicago plays Kybo roulette for the first time in six years to raise money for Camp Courageous in Monticello.

  • Rider Renee Dowlin gets help in a pinch from Dennis Kain of Boulevard Sports in Des Moines.

  • Another beautiful day for Thursday but expect the humidity and warm temperatures to return to Central Iowa on Friday.

  • Chuck Shropshire of Ventura Fire Department helps riders navigate through his town.

  • Check out these two guys who brought some interesting guitars along for the RAGBRAI ride!

  • The Des Moines Register Illustrator talks about his design for this year's fantastic RAGBRAI poster!

  • The NPR crew and son-of-Mr.-Pork-Chop Matt Bernhard speak to the Register's Michael Morain.

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