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2019 Route Predictions

I’m only putting out a preferred southern route as I am very sure it will be a southern route. I’ll only put in 3 of the overnight towns and leave the rest for my entry into the “guess the route” contest.

-Council Bluffs
-Des Moines (maybe Osceola, they might be saving Des Moines for RAGBRAI 50)

What are your guesses

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igor, January 25, 2019 at 10:36 am

I can’t remember what time the towns actually get announced. It seems like it’s awhile though from when the feed starts. No real idea this year for towns. I think it’ll start in Le Mars and end in Fort Madison though.


KenH, January 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

I envy those who can attend the party in person. Stay warm and may all your guesses come true! Based on previous years I would guess about 9:15 for the actual announcement but don’t count on that….


Amanda, January 25, 2019 at 8:33 pm

In Des Moines, actually Altoona, waiting for tomorrow!!!


Ken Reed, January 25, 2019 at 8:55 pm

So, since T.J. is mixing it up, I’ve got a bold prediction:
Le Mars, Storm Lake, Lake City, Madrid, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, Fairfield, Burlington. The Madrid to Norwalk day will be a loop around DSM. BOLD!


KenH, January 25, 2019 at 10:02 pm

A little different? Start in Onawa two years in a row and generally be the route of XV after all? A diagonal route? Ride east to west? The exact same route as last year but east to west? A dip into Missouri or Minnesota or Nebraska or Illinois? Start and end in the same town? Start and end in towns on the Mississippi? Or the Missouri? Ride the first day in Ontario? An all gravel route? Multiple Karras Loop days? One every day? One night we all camp in various RAGBRAI staff member’s yards? Free bacon, all day, every day? …

Good grief, the possibilities are endless! What could it be??? How will I wait out the next 24 hours now???????????


Mark Halverson, January 25, 2019 at 10:22 pm

SAGBRAI 1974, My first full ride.


KenH, January 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm

No, I’ve got it now. That folder. The papers written in Klingon? That was just a diversion. The route is right on the cover of the folder!

Rock Valley
Arnolds Park
Iowa City

That’s it, no Saturday, no dip in the Mississippi, just six days, RAGBRAI!


Mike Thorson, January 25, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Council Bluffs, Red Oak, Bedford, Leon, Charliton, Ottumwa, Mt Pleasant, Keokuk.
And then again it could be 8 others.
will be my second Ragbrai,2010 was the first, and the wife’s first.


mootsman, January 26, 2019 at 9:10 am

A couple of years ago they made the actual announcement anti-climatic on the live streaming. They interviewed reps from towns “hoping” to be on the route. Of course they all were so they gave away about half the route before the actual announcement. Hope they don’t do that this year.


Sandaltan ., January 26, 2019 at 4:35 pm

Eagle Grove.



Don Raatz, January 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

Since T.J. promised a surprise tonight, here’s my uneducated guesses. Too late to enter them in the “Guess the Route” contest but what the heck!

Council Bluffs
Cedar Rapids

I’m sure few if any are correct…


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