Follow along live as thousands of cyclists traverse Iowa in a week for the 45th time. You can watch the ride unfold with commentary from riders, RAGBRAI staff, and Des Moines Register photographers and reporters.
LANSING, Ia. — Riders were greeted with at least four intense climbs on the final day of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. But they were also treated with some of the most scenic views before dipping their tires into the Missouri River here. The RAGBRAI pre-ride crew dubbed today's 44-mile ride from Waukon to Lansing "perhaps the most beautiful ride ever." [caption id="attachment_1275402" align="alignleft" width="300"] RAGBRAI riders make their way out of Waukon be
CASTALIA, Ia. -- The battle was met shortly after noon Friday here in the friendliest of RAGBRAI towns, within sight of the Zion Lutheran Church bell tower that first rose above the prairie in 1906. The opposing armies, seven soldiers apiece, faced each other from across a folding table set up beneath a big tent. Their weapons of choice were laid out in front of them: homemade apple pie from the kitchen of Linda Mundt and her fellow Lutherans. Thus it was that that the second pie-eating co
DECORAH, Ia. -- It was a breakfast of champions for riders of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa on Friday as the city celebrates its Scandinavian heritage. Viking champions, to be exact. Friday's first stop coincided with Decorah's 51st annual Nordic Fest. The city expects about 10,000 people to attend the festival this year, said Kristina Wiltgen, director of the Decorah Chamber of Commerce. Add that to the 10,000 RAGBRAI riders and you've got a huge boon for the
GRANVILLE, Ia — Stereos were silenced and conversations quieted Sunday as cyclists passed through the Mile of Silence during the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The mile, which stretched between Nest and Monroe avenues along Highway 10, honored cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding. It was especially powerful for Shawna Wagner of Decorah, who had her jaw severely broken in an accident when she was new to biking. The injuries required multiple surger
Allie Hoins, 18, of Lakeville MN gets help with a jersey from her mother Dawn at the bike expo in Orange City.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
ORANGE CITY, Ia. -- Thomas Hawkins maneuvered through a crowd pushing a light blue 52-inch penny-farthing. The 61-year-old Philadelphian said insanity drove him to decide to bike across Iowa on it. "It seemed like a good idea at the time," he said, smiling, on Saturday in Orange City, the eve of the launch of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Thousands of other participants, drivers and more than 80 exhibitors circled Windmill Park in Orange City on Saturday for the