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RAGBRAI Virtually the Best Bicycle Ride DAY 1

  • 19 July, 2020
  • Andrea Parrott

It’s time to get rolling! Day 1 of RAGBRAI Virtually the Best Bicycle Ride presented by TIDE. Today’s virtual ride features the Mile of Silence and an optional Gravel Loop. Let’s go!

We can’t wait to share Storm Lake with you in 2021 but until then we’ve pulled together some fun facts and trivia about the eastern Iowa town that’s home to a University, nationally known authors, and a big, beautiful lake.


RAGBRAI TOWN TRIVIA presented by Iowa Destination Marketing Alliance 
Guess the 2021 meeting towns! Follow our social media for daily clues to the location of our seven 2021 meeting towns. Answers will be revealed the following day on social. Your only hint: the towns won’t be released in the order we will visit them.

Clue 2: 

Sunday’s mileage and elevation are:



Don’t forget to log on to Ride Spot and share your route and story to be entered into today’s daily prize drawing. Winner’s will be announced the week of July 27th.


We couldn’t forget the food. Each day we will share a recipe from a friend of RAGBRAI. Today is a Salted Caramel, Lemon & Cola Float from Blue Bunny. If that doesn’t say Summer, we don’t know what does.



Need inspiration on your daily rides? We’ve created a custom playlist for each day to keep you moving! For today’s playlist, we compiled some of the classic songs Alicia Rau, RAGBRAI’s “Trumpet Chick,” plays on the ride so you can listen to them any time! Click this text to go to the playlist!

Literally the best deals on 2019-2012 RAGBRAI merchandise. Jerseys, shorts, bibs, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more! Discounts up to 40%.



Over 20 of RAGBRAI’s favorite expo vendors, roadside vendors, and official RAGBRAI Bicycle Shops will be available for online sales all week long.



If you haven’t already dip that tire before you get started! We’ve seen indoor pools, hot tubs, kiddie pools, lakes, backyard creeks, and even a couple of birdbaths.  We love seeing the creative places you are finding to dip your tires. Share them with us on social and your Ride Spot app using the Ride Story feature. 


We ride a mile in silence in memory of the riders we’ve lost in bicycle accidents. In 2018 alone we lost 857 of our fellow comrades on two wheels. At the start of your 14th mile, pause and take one photo of what you’re seeing. While you ride, take a moment for those riders we’ve lost. At the start of the 15th mile, pause and take another photo.  Share your 2 photos and what you thought about during that 1 mile stretch in your Ride Spot Ride Story and share it to the RAGBRAI Virtually the Best private Facebook Group or tag RAGBRAI in your post.


There is no denying riders who enjoy gravel riding! Map out your favorite gravel loop, it must be at least 22 miles to match this year’s mileage. Get a good picture of your route and pictures along the way, share them to your Ride Spot Ride Story and then share your story to the RAGBRAI Virtually the Best private Facebook page. Anyone who completes the gravel loop will receive a virtual certificate redeemable for a gravel loop patch on the 2021 ride at any RAGBRAI merchandise trailer. *Must be a registered virtual rider to be eligible for the patch.

Registered virtual riders get exclusive access to the RAGBRAI “Virtually the Best” private Facebook page. Once you’ve registered click the link below, request an invitation, then start sharing your photos and videos. RAGBRAI “Virtually the Best” Private Facebook page link:

Use our hashtags  #virtuallythebest, #RAGBRAI2020, #RAGBRAIvirtuallythebest, #RAGBRAImyself, #RAGBRAI

Got GIPHY? We’ve created GIFs for you to start sharing today!  Search RAGBRAI giphy or stickers and share away!


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