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RAGBRAI Virtually the Best Bicycle Ride DAY 5

  • 23 July, 2020

It’s all downhill from here (ha, kidding!)! Day 5 of RAGBRAI Virtually the Best Bicycle Ride presented by TIDE. Today you can go the distance and hit a century with the Karras Loop! It’s also Rhubarb Rumble day! When The Des Moines Register and NPR (No Pie Refused) will face off in an epic pie eating contest. This is a fundraiser for the Lytton (Pie Capital of Iowa) Fire Station! More on that below.

We can’t wait to share Anamosa with you in 2021 but until then we’ve pulled together some fun facts and trivia for you. Anamosa is home to Pumpkinfest, Grant Wood and his artist’s colony, and yes, an infamous 120 year old stone prison.


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 6: 

The Iowa Destination Marketing Alliance is comprised of tourism leaders from across the state of Iowa who have a hand in creating the overnight and meeting town experiences each year on RAGBRAI.  Visit: traveliowa.com/destinationiowa for more information. 

Monday’s mileage and elevation are:

MILEAGE: 82.3 – OPTIONAL: add 17.7 miles for a Karras Loop Century.


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 we have two recipes for you to enjoy!

First up is a Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich from Blue Bunny! Bonus points if they’re the brownies with the swirls of peanut butter in them.


Since it’s Rhubarb Rumble day, it’s only right that we feature this recipe: it’s Lytton Iowa’s Marlene Glasnapp’s Rhubarb Pie. Notice she didn’t give us the crust recipe – that part’s secret!



Need inspiration on your daily rides? We’ve created a custom playlist for each day to keep you moving! Whether it’s unloading baggage, working in the merchandise trailer, driving between towns, or driving the Sag Wagon, these are songs we love to listen to while we’re working on RAGBRAI! 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.



Add 17.7 miles to your daily mileage to make it a full century loop! Take photos along the way and share them to your Ride Spot Ride Story and then share them to the RAGBRAI Virtually the Best private Facebook group. Anyone who completes all 100 miles will receive a virtual certificate redeemable for a 2020 Karras loop patch on the 2021 ride. Certificates can be redeemed at any RAGBRAI merchandise trailer. *Must be a registered virtual rider to be eligible for the patch.


This is the main event. Tune in as The Des Moines Register and NPR (No Pie Refused) square off in a battle royal to see who can stuff their face with pie the fastest and take home the coveted rolling pin trophy.  The rumble will stream live on the RAGBRAI Virtually the Best private Facebook page at 4:00 p.m. CST (5:00 p.m. ET)


(Lytton firehouse construction to date.)

The Rhubarb Rumble will benefit Lytton Iowa’s firehouse construction.  Lytton is the self-proclaimed pie capital of Iowa and makes its RAGBRAI debut in 2021 on the second day of the ride. A special edition “I WON EVERY PIE CONTEST” on RAGBRAI 2020 t-shirt, designed by RAYGUN, will be available for purchase during the virtual ride week. $10 from every t-shirt sale will be donated to help Lytton build the firehouse. Click this text to see the t-shirt!

You can also donate directly to their GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lytton-fire-station

Let’s make sure they can complete their Fire Station so we can go there and eat pie in 2021!

*You must be a registered virtual rider to watch the live pie-eating contest.

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: www.Facebook.com/groups/RAGBRAI2020.

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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