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1st year for RAGBRAI patch

I have collected a few RAGBRAI patches. I was just curious, what year did RAGBRAI offer the 1st patch? I am guessing that they did not have a patch in 1973 or 1974. Anyone know?

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Raymond Johnson, August 16, 2023 at 10:52 pm

I’ve definitely seen a RAGBRAI III patch on the back of a bike, so my guess is 1975.


“Bicycle Bill”, August 17, 2023 at 8:45 am

I too believe RAGBRAI III was the first patch, although my faulty memory recalls seeing a rider wearing a SAGBRAI (for Second Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) T-shirt on a fall ride in Wisconsin back in 1974.  Once I found out about it, I promised myself that I’d somehow go on that ride … although it took me until 1978 to do so, because the internet didn’t exist yet (heck, back then we still thought CB radios were pretty much cutting-edge tech … plus talking like a redneck hillbilly trucker was cool as hell!) and the D.M. Register wasn’t available in my area of Wisconsin.



CyclingCyclone, August 17, 2023 at 12:05 pm

I remember in my early days of riding RAGBRAI in the early 80’s, I saw a few people with RAGBRAI 2 (SAGBRAI) patches on saddle bags, etc, and if I remember correctly, there was a poster for sale that had the first 40 RAGBRAI patches on it.

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Jason, August 19, 2023 at 5:29 pm

I can guarantee you that there was a patch for 1974. If my profile picture shows up with this comment, you will be able to see what the patch looked like.


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