It was a week we didn’t expect or envision at the beginning of 2020 but what a week it was. You guys made the best of a situation. Showed up where ever you were in the world (yes, world!) and pedal your bike 420 miles or more to finish #RAGBRAImyself on your trails, your terms, and your time. It was inspiring and fun to watch. Thank you for creating memories. You chose to keep going this year and you’ve earned your RAGBRAI patch.
Winners will be announced the week of July 27, 2020, on RAGBRAI’s Virtually the Best private Facebook page.
FEET OF CLIMB: 2,488
Winner: Kevin Dudak
FEET OF CLIMB: 1,210
Winner: Randy Neuendorf
FEET OF CLIMB: 1,001
Winner: Maggie Jakus
FEET OF CLIMB: 1,649
Winner: Nate Bock
FEET OF CLIMB: 2,793
Winner: Tony Host
FEET OF CLIMB: 1,770
Winner: Mark Spenner
FEET OF CLIMB: 1,576
Winner 1: Kim Harris
Winner 2: Barry Brown
Grand Prize Winner: Tim Grochala
ONE lucky winner will win an exclusive spot on the RAGBRAI XLVIII pre-ride inspection team. Prize includes an exclusive RAGBRAI XLVIII pre-ride route inspection kit (Primal Helix series).
The overall winner will be selected at random. The rider is responsible for travel, food, or hotel accommodations throughout the week.
Check out all the great memories from the week on social Facebook & Instagram: @RAGBRAI or Twitter: @RAGBRAI_Iowa by searching hashtags #virtuallythebest and #RAGBRAI2020
Here are the answers to the weeklong town trivia. We can’t wait to visit these eight overnight towns and seven meeting towns next year when RAGBRAI XLVIII rolls in.
TRIVIA QUESTION: You can find a miracle here. Last time through we noticed how few trees there were. Still thinking of you coach!
TRIVIA QUESTION: Not just a vague distance and founded in 1876…Centennial Park was a no brainer. Also, on that river valley tour.
TRIVIA QUESTION: The giant is no longer here nor any Old Castles…but they still remember their prize-winning journalists. (Hint one worked at DMR!)
ANSWER: WEBSTER CITY
TRIVIA QUESTION: Don’t believe the name…not even close. There is no Horse Thief Cave and we are not that close to Illinois… And hey, haven’t we seen this park before?
ANSWER: CENTER POINT (Urbana)
TRIVIA QUESTION: The name of a famous painter American painter…it could be on the cover of Post. Farley, Iowa claims they are the heart of the corn belt…. this stop is so much more practical and golden!
ANSWER: ROCKWELL CITY
TRIVIA QUESTION: Figure this out, you road scholars. Lots of folks must have gotten lost heading east out of town.
ANSWER: OXFORD JUNCTION
TRIVIA QUESTION: The G stood for Government not General. It is a grand name indeed, and a great nation as well.
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.
It’s a choose-your-own-adventure way to support PFB on PeopleForBikes Day. Pick one or both and help make bike riding better for everyone across the nation. Here’s how you can get involved:
Upgrade your Ride Spot Account to Member
Show your support for PeopleForBikes today by upgrading your Ride Spot account to Member ($60/yr): https://www.ridespot.org/support-us/membership/edit
Enjoy the Grout Museum’s exhibit, Remember the Ladies: The Path to Suffrage virtually. RAGBRAI riders will receive a special promo code the week of the virtual ride for $5 admission. Anyone who uses the code during the week of RAGBRAI 2020 will receive a commemorative VOTES FOR WOMEN patch.
REMEMBER THE LADIES: THE PATH TO SUFFRAGE Virtual Tour
Winning the right to vote was a hard-fought battle for women. Iowans like Carrie Chapman Catt, Amelia Bloomer, Annie Nowlin Savery, and Anna B. Lawther were at the forefront of this effort.
Explore the relationship between suffragists in Iowa and the Cedar Valley and the national movement and learn about the changing roles of women throughout the 20th century.
VIRTUAL TOURS ARE $10 and are still available even though virtual RAGBRAI is over.PURCHASE HERE
19th Amendment Centennial Bike Jersey’s are still available in the Grout Museum Store.
The Grout Museum District has teamed up with the National Nineteenth Amendment Society and is offering Nineteenth Amendment Centennial bike jerseys! They are available for $80 shipped and come in both women and men’s sizes. Proceeds from jersey sales will go to support both the National Nineteenth Amendment Society and The Grout Museum District.
Pie-ynasty established!: Team Register takes Golden Roller at Rhubarb Rumble V
(Lytton firehouse construction to date.)
The Rhubarb Rumble benefitted 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.PURCHASE A SHIRT
RAGBRAI and RAYGUN team up for 2020 shirts with proceeds going to charity!READ THE STORY
Daily Blue Bunny recipes to favorites from RAGBRAI vendors these recipes will get you in the RAGBRAI spirit.RECIPES
Making “Beard Pop”: How a beloved Iowa cover band became The Pork TornadoesREAD THE STORY SEE THE PHOTOS
Check out all of our playlists below!
Sunday, July 19: ALICIA RAU “TRUMPET CHICK”
Monday, July 20: RIDERS FAVORITES
Tuesday, July 21: TIDE Tunes
Wednesday, July 22: Celebrating Women
Thursday, July 23: RAGBRAI CREW Tunes
Friday, July 24: RAGBRAI Bands that Rocked
Saturday, July 25: PRIMAL playlist
Alicia “Trumpet Chick” Rau
New York trumpeter Alicia Rau, originally from Iowa, is a distinguished artist in the world of jazz, rock, pop, and original music. Rau is a prominent trumpeter, vocalist, and composer, making a notable stance in the New York music scene.
Jim “Banjo Guy” Zdunek
Since 2005 known as “The Roadside Boys” this is the first time we played it in a virtual setting. Back then, I was riding with the Chicago Urban Bicycle Society and met Tom Harrington by the side of the road at his dad’s farm in Woden, IA. Over the years we never rehearsed for this or any other songs. We just would meet someplace on the route and just do our thing.
I grew up on the Harrington farm 1 1/2 miles east of Woden, IA on Hwy 111, which is on RAGBRAI’s northern route. In 2005 our farmer brother Paul told brother John and me to bring our banjo and guitar and play by the side of the road. Mr. Pork Chop was there and we wrote a song for him.
John Campbell, the sports reporter with KCRG in Cedar Rapids, dubbed us the “Roadside Boys from Woden”. Jim Zdunek rode up with a banjo on his back and joined us. I’m a retired band teacher living in Olathe, KS, and I looked forward to each summer so I could play with Jim.
I bike regularly in the Kansas City area, and although I usually played music more than I rode, I did ride a couple of days one year with my brother in law. I always enjoyed seeing towns all over Iowa while playing music with Jim, since I left Iowa at age 21.
This photo was taken at the Peanut Butter Jam in 2010. The musicians who played with us that day included this viola player with the Idaho Symphony.
“One RAGBRAI” was written and performed by John Condon, who rides with Team Decorah Wheelers. The Decorah Wheelers team features the Big Babies, Uncle Sam, and John’s character, “Bling”. Perhaps you have seen this team on the ride. John and his wife Teresa (Big Baby #1) perform music in NE Iowa as The Buck Hollow Band. John doesn’t normally write songs, but he felt inspired to record this little anthem about his beloved RAGBRAI. The title “One RAGBRAI” refers to the beginning of many stories, the singularity of this year, and the community aspect and bond that is so beautiful to experience.
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