What you need to know - RAGBRAI XLVIII Day 0: Le Mars

  • 23 July, 2021
  • Andrea Parrott

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

First things first: here’s the map of Le Mars – a La Road!To find out more about Le Mars’ plans for us visit their website on our page: https://ragbrai.com/route-maps/le-mars/

Or visit their site with even more details: https://www.ragbrailemars.com/

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ragbrailemars
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ragbrailemars
Instagram: @RAGBRAILeMars

RAGBRAI XLVIII is dedicated to Jim “Greenie” Green, our beloved former Director and ice cream connoisseur. He was the founder of the Dream Team, and just a friendly, funny human to be around. His favorite saying was that old Irish blessing that says in part, “May the road rise to meet you, and may the wind be always at your back…” We remember him this year with the cowbell icon, when he ran the Route Inspection he would ring the bell Enthusiastically to signal when it was time for us to get back on the road.

In Le Mars we will celebrate Greenie with the Jim “Greenie” Green Statue Dedication and free ice cream (first come first serve)!! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/889346655260340

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.


The headliner is Flashback Heart Attack! From Los Angeles, California, they’re America’s #1 cover band! They’ll be on the main stage in downtown Le Mars from 9pm to 11pm.

For the rest of the Le Mars bands, including Free Fallin’, a Tom Petty cover band, a Madonna/Lady Gaga cover band, and more: https://www.ragbrailemars.com/entertainment

MercyOne Health Tip

Water, water, water! Your number one choice to get hydrated. Some of those beverages with caffeine or alcohol in them are dehydrating. “Be focused on water,” says registered dietitian Jennifer Arndt. “You can use sports drinks occasionally but be careful to watch how much sugar is in them.” For more: https://ragbrai.com/mercyone-and-ragbrais-health-tip-1-water-water-water/

Fuel Up at Kwik Star Photo Contest


#FuelUp at KwikStar on RAGBRAI XLVIII. Whether you need snacks, caffeine, take home meals, or fuel, stop by one of the Kwik Stars along the RAGBRAI route to fuel up. To enter the contest take a picture of your fuel up choice, and post it to Instagram/Facebook, tag @RAGBRAI and @KwikStar or @KwikTrip and use #FuelUpRAGBRAI2021. Seven lucky winners will receive a $100 gift card to Kwik Star! Winners will be announced the week after the ride.

Hungry? Fareway is just around the corner. 
There’s a Fareway in downtown Le Mars! Stop by and get your groceries for the week – then stop by again later when you realize you forgot something important :)
It’s at 115 Plymouth St, Le Mars, IA 51031

Thirsty? Big Grove is at the RAGBRAI Expo

They’ve brought some merch for the Expo, and find them at Mr. Pork Chop locations each day on the route! The locations are marked on our official fold out maps.

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