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2016 Route Maps - RAGBRAI

July 24-30, 2016

Click to download RAGBRAI XLIV Daily Maps, Elevations and a Map Key.  

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The route encompasses 49.7 miles and 2,614 feet of climb.  You can add to that total by riding the optional Gravel Loop.  RAGBRAI will visit the new towns of Malvern and Imogene and the towns of Tabor and Randolph that RAGBRAI hasn’t stopped in for 27 years!

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SUNDAY – JULY 24, 2016
Glenwood to Malvern – 13.6 miles
Malvern to Tabor (Meeting) – 11.8 miles
Tabor to Randolph – 7.2 miles
Gravel Loop to Imogene – 18.2 miles(optional)
Randolph to Shenandoah – 17.1 miles

Total Mileage: 49.7 miles
(67.9 with Optional Gravel Loop)

Total Feet of Climb: 2,614
(3,620 with Optional Gravel Loop)


The route encompasses 75.2 miles and 3,994 feet of climb.  Creston is the highest elevation on the route  This is the longest ride of the week with the most climb, not including the optional Karras Loop Day.

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MONDAY – JULY 25, 2016
Shenandoah to Essex – 6.2 miles
Essex to Bethesda – 10.7 miles
Bethesda to Villisca – 14.6 miles
Villisca to Nodaway – 4.8 miles
Nodaway to Corning (Meeting) – 13.0 miles
Corning to Prescott – 9.2 miles
Prescott to Creston – 16.7 miles

Total Mileage: 75.2 miles

Total Feet of Climb: 3,994


The route encompasses 58.5 miles and 3,318 feet of climb.  You will get to ride some nice rollers during the days ride.  The whole route features only three turns, so it will be hard to get lost!  We return to the town of Diagonal after a 35 year hiatus.

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TUESDAY – JULY 26, 2016
Creston to Diagonal – 19.8 miles
Diagonal to Mount Ayr (Meeting) – 12.1 miles
Mount Ayr to Kellerton – 9.6 miles
Kellerton to Decatur City – 12.2 miles
Decatur City to Leon – 4.8 miles

Total Mileage – 58.5 miles

Total Feet of Climb – 3,318


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 all in one day!  Your ride will visit the scenic areas around Rathbun Lake.  If you want an extra challenge, the Karras Loop will circle Rathbun Lake with a stop for Karras Loop patches at Honey Creek Resort.

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Leon to Garden Grove – 13.6 miles
Garden Grove to Humeston (Meeting) – 7.7 miles
Humeston to Cambria – 6.0 miles
Cambria to Millerton – 5.5 miles
Millerton to New York – 2.4 miles
New York to Bethlehem – 1.8 miles
Bethlehem to Confidence – 6.9 miles
Confidence to Walnut City – 13.0 miles
(Option Karras Loop) – Additional 32.3 miles
Walnut City to Mystic – 2.3 miles
Mystic to Centerville – 5.9 miles

Total Mileage – 65.1 miles
(97.4 miles with Optional Karras Loop)

Total Feet of Climb – 2,708
(3,948 with Optional Karras Loop)


The route travels 50.7 miles with just 1,999 feet of climb.  The morning ride over Rathbun Dam is a breathtaking ride that is not open to cyclists throughout the year.  The ride will visit small towns, all with populations less than 1,000 residents on the ride to Ottumwa.

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THURSDAY – JULY 28, 2016
Centerville to Rathbun – 5.7 miles
Rathbun to Moravia (Meeting) – 10.2 miles
Moravia to Unionville – 9.6 miles
Unionville to Blakesburg – 12.5 miles
Blakesburg to Ottumwa – 13.6 miles

Total Mileage – 51.6 miles

Total Feet of Climb – 1,999


The riders will enjoy 68.5 miles that includes 2,541 feet of climb.  Riders will make welcome stops in Hedrick and Hayesville in the morning then Sigourney, a former overnight town, will host riders as the meeting town after a 24 year gap.   RAGBRAIers will enjoy two new stops as they get off their bikes at the Wooden Wheel Vineyards and the town of West Chester.

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FRIDAY – JULY 29, 2016
Ottumwa to Hedrick – 17.0 miles
Hedrick to Hayesville – 14.4 miles
Hayesville to Sigourney (Meeting)  – 7.2 miles
Sigourney to Wooden Wheel Vineyard – 15.7 miles
Wooden Wheel Vineyard to West Chester – 4.7 miles
West Chester to Washington – 9.5 miles

Total Mileage – 68.5 miles

Total Feet of Climb – 2,541


The ride encompasses 49.7 miles with just 1,314 feet of climb.  Riders will visit all first-time towns on their journey to the Mississippi River in Muscatine including Columbus Junction, Fredonia, Letts and a final stop at Ardon Creek Vineyard & Winery before dipping their tires in the Mighty Miss!

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SATURDAY – JULY 30, 2016
Washington to Columbus Junction (Meeting) – 22.8
Columbus Junction to Fredonia – 1.9
Fredonia to Letts – 8.3
Letts to Ardon Creek Vineyard & Winery – 5.9
Ardon Creek Vineyard & Winery to Muscatine – 10.8

Total Mileage – 49.7 miles

Total Feet of Climb – 1,314





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


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