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Announcement Party

When do they announce the date for the announcement party? I can’t remember when we found out the date in previous years. Hoping to have a party of my own like I have for several years prior to Covid.

8 Replies

hnschipper, October 17, 2021 at 8:17 am

In the past, it has always been the last Saturday of January.


Sandaltan ., November 8, 2021 at 8:08 pm

No change I predict. Announcement will be 29 January. Timeline on the link below is in error.



KenH, November 22, 2021 at 10:17 am

The announcement is Friday, January 28 this year according to the Just Go Bike podcast, episode 180. The change is so that the overnight towns can have booths for you to visit at the expo on Saturday.


Uncle Kraig, November 22, 2021 at 11:33 am

Interesting Ken that is the reason. That would mean then that RAGBRAI must be informing the host towns of their selection prior to the announcement party. Otherwise, there really is no way for them to logistically prepare, staff, creat a booth, literature, etc, etc in only hours. My guess is that if this is the new practice, it will leak out prior to the announcement party. Once you have members of the community in the know, it will get out quickly.


Amanda, November 22, 2021 at 11:42 am

I agree with Uncle Kraig. So if you go just for the announcement and the party, it probably won’t be a surprise. The last one I went to, we sat at a table with a team we didn’t know. 10 minutes before the announcement, a person came up to the table and said to his friends here’s the route. I will say it was a let down. The anticipation of the announcement is the fun part. Like Christmas as a child. The route was always hush hush. I will embrace the change and anticipate the actual ride.


KenH, November 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

I’m not sure it would require advance notification and this was not my decision, I’m only the message bearer and second hand at that. I’m a RAGBRAI nobody, I’m privy to nothing! Towns who have applied to be on the route only need to be told to be prepared to staff a booth. They won’t have detailed plans to share anyway at this point. They can have general information about their town and they can share the pitch they made to RAGBRAI in order to enhance their chances of selection. It’s not that far to Des Moines from any town in Iowa. They can leave and return the same day. If this becomes the new procedure the quality of the presentations in succeeding years will improve based on the feedback from the early years but I think it will be a nice addition to the party which I have never attended and may never attend!

But they could tell the towns in advance….


alan, November 25, 2021 at 5:01 pm

This Friday thing is garbage…I and a number of riders have driven a long way to attend the announcement party. It gave me a chance to see fellow riders that I havn’t seen for 6 months. Now they want me to take a day of pto take go to the party. I am sure I am in the minority, with my attending from a town 6 hours away from Des Moines, but it still bites.


hnschipper, November 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm

Yeah, I have attended in the past but won’t on a Friday night when I would have to use vacation time to make the drive to Des Moines.


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