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RAGBRAI XLIX Day 0: What you need to know

  • 23 July, 2022
  • Anne Lawrie

Welcome to RAGBRAI XLIX! Here’s what you need to know about Day 0 of the ride, when we all gather in Sergeant Bluff.

First things first: here’s the map of Sergeant Bluff – Get a Little Bluff on your Tires!

Here is a map of the event area:

To find out more about Sergeant Bluff’s plans for us visit their website on our page:

Follow them on social at:

  • @Sergeant Bluff RAGBRAI 2022

This year’s ride is dedicated to John Karras, co-founder of RAGBRAI, who passed away in November 2021. We will celebrate John’s life all week and honor him on the Ride of the Century, Wednesday, July 27 from Emmetsburg to Mason City.

Stop by and see us at the RAGBRAI Expo! Free and open to the public, the RAGBRAI Expo will showcase our official bike shops, bicycle, and component manufacturers from around the country, travel and tour operators, and retailers associated with the cycling industry. We’ll also have brand new RAGBRAI merch, and a HUGE outlet tent with steals and deals on older RAGBRAI merchandise.

Don’t miss out on the full entertainment line-up at the main stage in downtown Sergeant Bluff. Full schedule below.

Entertainment Schedule: 

  • 12-2pm: Placid Quake
  • 2:30-4:30pm: Smokin’ Clams
  • 5-7:30pm: Wrecked Becky
  • 8-11pm: Above the Covers

Tipico Sportsbook Fun Zone! Stop by the Fun Zone and ask how you can be entered to win two tickets to the VIP of the Century experience in Mason City on Wednesday, July 27! Includes entry into the VIP area, free food, drink, exclusive views of the stage, and private bathroom. The fun zone will be located on 4th street just south of E St. It will be THE place to be all week long in the overnight town festival area! Come have fun and test your skills at thrilling baseball, football, basketball, and boxing challenges.

And you’ll be sure to enter the RAGBRAI 50th Sweepstakes that includes an epic trip for you and a friend to RAGBRAI 50. Enter for a chance to win,

Need gas or food? Stop in to Casey’s for breakfast pizza, fuel, and more all week long.

Make a plan to do laundry! Tide is once again hosting Tide Laundry Mat Takeovers on Tuesday and Thursday.


  • Date: Tuesday, 7/26
  • Time: 12 – 5 PM
  • Location: Marianette Laundry 2001 14th Street in Emmetsburg, IA.

Charles City

  • Date: Thursday, 7/28
  • Time: 12 – 4 PM
  • Location: Landmark Laundry 605 N Main St. in Charles City, IA.

How do you prep for your bike ride with RAGBRAI? Let us know!
RAGBRAI is proud to partner with Soy Connection, brought to you with support from U.S. soybean farmers.

Get ready for your Day 1 ride and make a plan to visit the RAGBRAI newbie meeting or Support Driver Meeting.

RAGBRAI Newbie Meeting: 2pm and 6pm 
Community United Methodist Church
101 Baker Drive (NE of Fareway on 1st Ave)

RAGBRAI Support Driver Meeting: 4pm 
Community United Methodist Church
101 Baker Drive (NE of Fareway on 1st Ave)

Or download the support vehicle map:

Resources for the week: 
Participant Guide:
Town websites:

Say thank you to the RAGBRAI host communities. Donate to the RAGBRAI community fund and give back to organizations that will make a difference in our host communities after we’ve passed thru. Donate here:

See you on the road!


  1. Rich Moore

    The vehicle support map above and all the other resource links above do not work. You are required to register your device on the USA Today Network, but I keep getting an error message. Where else can I get pdfs of these resources?

  2. Grant Vanderah

    Where do we find support vehicle maps?

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