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Introducing Your 2022 RAGBRAI Route!

  • 29 January, 2022
  • Andrea Parrott

We are thrilled to announce our 2022 RAGBRAI Route! Click this text for The Des Moines Register’s article with the latest on all of our RAGBRAI XLIX Overnight Towns! 

Click this text for photos from the 2022 Route Announcement Party!

The 2022 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which will take place from July 23 to 30, will start in Sergeant Bluff and end in Lansing. In between, riders will overnight in, Ida Grove, Pocahontas, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Charles City, and West Union.

“I can’t wait for riders to experience these eight overnight towns hospitality,” said Matt Phippen, new RAGBRAI director of operations. “This is truly a route through small-town Iowa communities that have some much to offer riders. 2022 is going to be a fun route.”

The northern route is roughly 430 miles and nearly 11,900 feet of climb. That makes it the eleventh shortest ride and eighteenth flattest. The year’s ride is dedicated to RAGBRAI co-founder, John Karras, who died in November of last year.

Pocahontas is hosting riders overnight for the first time with Sergeant Bluff kicking off the ride for only the second time. The towns along this year’s route average XXX population average.

The full route, including pass-through towns is expected to be released in March.

“The team at Tipico Sportsbook is thrilled to present this year’s RAGBRAI – an Iowa institution”, said Keith Gormley, Vice President, Head of US Marketing at Tipico Sportsbook. “We know how important this event is to Iowa and to the many riders that travel here to participate. With our mobile app launching soon in the state, we are excited to be on the ground and in the community to introduce our brand, and to support the RAGBRAI tradition”.

About 15,000 registered riders, with participants from all 50 states and a host of international locations, descend on Iowa every year to be part of the “oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.”




RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest, and longest recreational touring bicycle ride in the world. Started in 1973 by Des Moines Register reporters John Karras and Donald Kaul, RAGBRAI is a seven-day bicycle tour that goes from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River with stops in overnight towns along the way.   One of the largest tourism events in the country, a 2008 study by the University of Northern Iowa estimates RAGBRAI’s economic impact between $24 million to $25 million for the weeklong ride.


Registration for RAGBRAI XLIX is open at RAGBRAI.com/ragbrai-registration. The full route with meeting and pass thru towns will be announced in March 2022.



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  1. sjlouden

    When will the list of actual campground locations at each town be revealed?

  2. Dedguy01

    When will you upload the daily mileage and elevation maps? All we know is the 4th leg is 100 miles and the total elevation. Would think that would be released by now. Excited to do the ride.

  3. Curtis Moore

    The list of campgrounds and mileage/elevation maps always come out later in the spring, not at the same time as the announcement of overnight towns. Keep patient.

  4. cannontandem

    The 1-30-22 paper listed the following for mileage and climb
    Sunday 55.8 2637
    Monday 77.1 1752
    Tuesday 56.0 697
    Wednesday 100.0 1267
    Thursday 57.5 1568
    Friday 52.8 1730
    Saturday 53.1 2652

  5. Sussco56

    Trying to book accomadations…so the ride actually begins on the morning of the 24th…RIGHT

  6. KimChris1223

    @cannontandem – elevation looks high! I’m scared. This is my husband and I first RAGBRAI… looks like we choose a steeper than normal ride!

  7. Bevh

    I just want to sign up to host campers in Sgt bluff area. Where do I go.
    I am Not a rider

  8. Marty Mortens

    KimChris 1223. I read your comment on elevation. I would not worry about the numbers. Rolling hills on the ride should not be an issue. The last day coming into Lansing will have more significant hills but not terrible.

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