27 Jul

RAGBRAI XLI runs into the record book

Emily Schettler - 10 comments

FORT MADISON — Several people had previously tried to run a complete RAGBRAI, but none had finished the daunting task. Until Saturday, when it happened twice. Pete Kostelnick and Richard Kresser both ...

27 Jul

Bonaparte Inn would be a heck of a souvenir

Michael Morain - 2 comments

BONAPARTE – Looking for a RAGBRAI souvenir? How about the historic Bonaparte Inn? The 13-room brick hotel went up for sale earlier this month, for an undisclosed price by the owner in Scottsdale, ...

27 Jul

RAGBRAI riders welcomed at end of journey

Michael Morain - 1 comment

BENTONSPORT – Riders woke early this chilly morning in Fairfield and hustled to get a headstart on the 63 miles to the Mississippi River in Fort Madison. A hot air balloon ...

27 Jul

Air Force team provides helping hand along the route

Emily Schettler - 11 comments

There’s a story Mike Widener likes to tell about someone on RAGBRAI who once asked what kind of tire tubes the Air Force uses that cause so many flat tires. “They ...

27 Jul

Day 7: What to know before heading out

Des Moines Register - 0 comments

Here’s a quick primer about today’s 63-mile concluding ride from Fairfield to Fort Madison: WEATHER: Clear skies and cool temperatures will wrap up RAGBRAI. The temperatures will be chilly this morning. Expect ...

26 Jul

Bribes are part of the ride

Kyle Munson - 1 comment

The running joke — rolling joke, more appropriately — is that the pie-fed horde on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa must be crazy to perch on bike ...

26 Jul

2,000 don fake mustaches in Fairfield

Regina Zilbermints - 9 comments

More than 2,000 people gathered in Fairfield Friday evening to do one shared activity: wear fake mustaches. The city was trying to break the world record for the most people ...

26 Jul

Savor the goodness of fried Jell-O

Michael Morain - 1 comment

HEDRICK, Ia. — Turns out, even in RAGBRAI’s rolling feast, there is always room for fried Jell-O. Brenda Cox of nearby Ollie concocted the oddball treat a while ago and enlisted ...

26 Jul

California woman celebrates 90th birthday on RAGBRAI

Emily Schettler - 2 comments

FREEMONT — Celebrating a 90th birthday is a special milestone. Celebrating while riding 406 miles across the state of Iowa is an achievement Bette Winthers likely can claim to herself. The 89-year-old ...