“..or do you think they will hold on to those references until 2023 for the 51st year but the 50th ride? I hope that makes sense.” 2021 jerseys were printed XLVII, the 48th year. I think 2022 will be XLIX, the 49th year. Seems to me that in early September letters are sent to some 250 or so communities to determine interest in overnight…[Read more]
No time like the present to order three or four ID tags with your name and a couple phone numbers engraved so that none of your stuff winds up in the Lost & Found weeks after the ride. Vehicle keys, butt bag, hydration pack, Dopp kit, duffle bag and maybe even your helmet could be recovered quickly if tagged. Just go to Amazon or Ebay, search…[Read more]
19 August 2021 The Des Moines Register News by Sarah Kay LeBlanc
If you had told Ron Haden two years ago that not only would his town’s new fire station be built in a year but that it would be paid off less than a year after that, he would have questioned your sanity. The Lytton Area Emergency Services Agency trustee has been working with his…[Read more]
Yeah, Ken has it right as seconded by Amanda, a lot of people go to a lot of work for us, I don’t mind the walk through town anymore than I mind listening to commercials on the radio or watching commercials on TV.
New director looks back on a successful first ride as RAGBRAI 2021 rolls into history
Dieter Drake’s first year as director of RAGBRAI was a bit like the route he chose: a little hilly but indisputably beautiful. There were moments as easy as a downhill tailwind — like watching the sun rising over corn in L…[Read more]
There are some beautiful churches on that route out. Maple River comes to mind plus the Angry Beaver Bar is there on Main. We have always stopped in Nemaha and visited with the “Get your own damned coffee” (I have the t-shirt) lady … sadly I fear she may be gone, all the town’s history is on the walls in her cafe/home,..days gone by. Good…[Read more]
In the past route maps have been available in metal racks next to the RAGBRAI merchandise trailer. For food & beverage on the route and pass through towns just keep your eyes open. Every pass through town is asked to provide a free water source on the route in town, nearly all do, but they may not be signed well. Bring two water bottles, when…[Read more]
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Organizers from Sac City, the overnight town July 25, also have put out a call for volunteers on Facebook and Twitter. We are looking for about 400 people total to get ready for Ragbrai, provide support during the day (July 25th), and clean up afterwards. And we have 400 of these cool shirts for the people who help! Contact…[Read more]
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Waterloo, which at 68,000 population is the largest city on the route, had even farther to go, with only about a third of its volunteer slots filled. Hall said it needs volunteers the day before, the day of and the day after RAGBRAI is there. VGM Group, a Waterloo headquartered medical services company, filled about a…[Read more]
Jody Pirie hopes cyclists will “Get hosed in Moorland” on the second day of the July 25-31 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. But with just weeks to go before RAGBRAI’s start, Pirie is still trying to find volunteers to help riders in town.
Like many events returning after the COVID-19 pandemic, RAGBRAI is having trouble finding…[Read more]
From “RAGBRAI history – Factoids”
8,500 Annual Riders
In fact, the ride has become so popular that RAGBRAI officials now limit the number of week-long riders to 8,500 in order to maintain a sense of control and insure fewer injuries.
KenH is correct. “More than 14,500 cyclists have registered for RAGBRAI this year. Drake said that’s higher than past years” It seems to me In years past the agreed upon cap for registrations was 9,500. Come one come all!