2021 Route Maps - RAGBRAI

The 2021 Route is 426 miles and 11,481 feet of climb making it the 16th flattest in RAGBRAI History.


  • Population: 9,996
  • History: Second time as host; returning after 15 years; previously kicked off the ride in 2005.
  • Fun fact: Welcome to the Ice Cream Capital of the World! Home of Blue Bunny dairy, Le Mars claims to produce more ice cream from a single company than any other city in the world. The Plymouth County seat is also the hometown of Paul Rust, most recently the creator and star of Netflix’s “Love.”
  • Learn more: Lemarsiowa.com.


SUNDAY, JULY 25 | Le Mars to Sac City

Mileage: 79.5 miles

Feet of Climb: 2,665 feet

Sac City Fun Facts

  • Population: 2,001
  • History: First overnight visit; previous stops as pass thru towns were in 1975, 1995 and 2012.
  • Fun fact: In 2016, volunteers assembled the world’s largest popcorn ball weighing in at 9,370 lbs. It’s on display for residents and tourists to see.
  • Learn more: https://www.saccountyiowa.com/


MONDAY, JULY 26 | Sac City to Fort Dodge

Mileage: 53.7 miles

Feet of Climb: 807 feet

Fort Dodge Fun Facts

  • Population: 24,098
  • History: Sixth overnight visit; returning after five years; previous stops were in 1973, 1987, 1995, 2004 and 2015.
  • Fun fact: Experience prairie life in the 19th century at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. Visitors to the fort can also see a replica of the Cardiff Giant, a sculpture of a 10-foot-tall man made from gypsum mined in the area. The original sculpture was displayed in New York as the remains of a real giant before a lawsuit forced its owner to reveal his hoax.
  • Learn more: FortdodgeCVB.com


TUESDAY, JULY 27 | Fort Dodge to Iowa Falls

Mileage:  54.9 miles

Climb: 1,006 feet

Iowa Falls Fun Facts:

  • Population:  5,036
  • History: Fourth overnight visit; returning after 16 years; previous stops were in 1978, 1995 and 2004.
  • Fun fact: Enjoy the great outdoors at Calkins Nature Area, home to a natural history museum known for its Native American artifacts collection, or the Rock Run Creek Trial & Bridge, which allows visitors hike over its eponymous waterway.
  • Learn more: cityofiowafalls.com.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 | Iowa Falls to Waterloo

Mileage: 68 miles

Climb: 1, 619 feet

Waterloo Fun Facts:

  • Population: 67,798
  • History: Fourth overnight visit; returning after 10 years; previous stops were in 1974, 1985 and 2010.
  • Fun fact: Watch a John Deere tractor be assembled and learn more about modern farming during an hourlong tour of the company’s factory.
  • Learn more: Experiencewaterloo.com.


THURSDAY, JULY 29 | Waterloo to Anamosa

Mileage: 77.8 miles

Climb: 2,546 feet

Anamosa Fun Facts:

  • Population: 5,507
  • History: Fourth overnight visit; returning after eight years; previous stops were in 1991, 2002 and 2012.
  • Fun fact: Anamosa was named the Pumpkin Capital of Iowa by the Iowa State Legislature in 1993 and hosts Pumpkinfest, a pumpkin festival and weigh-off, each October.
  • Learn more: Anamosa-iowa.org.


FRIDAY, JULY 30 | Anamosa to DeWitt

Mileage: 60.3

Climb: 1,690 feet

DeWitt Fun Facts:

  • Population: 5,203
  • History: First time as an overnight town; DeWitt has only hosted RAGBRAI once before as a pass-thru town in 1994
  • Fun fact: DeWitt is referred to as the Crossroads of Opportunity and at the crossroads of four-lane Highways 30 and 61 and is apart of the historic Lincoln Highway.
  • Learn more: cityofdewittiowa.org/


SATURDAY, JULY 31 | DeWitt to Clinton

Mileage: 31.6 miles

Climb: 1,148 feet

Clinton Fun Facts:

  • Population: 25,184
  • History: Sixth time as host; returning after eight years; previously marked the end of the ride in 1978, 1985, 1994, 2004, and 2012.
  • Fun fact: Take in a Clinton LumberKings minor league baseball game or check out the Sawmill Museum, which details the history of the Midwest’s lumber industry and the barons who ruled the Mississippi River.
  • Learn more: Cityofclintoniowa.us