What you need to know - RAGBRAI XLVIII Day 4: Iowa Falls to Waterloo

  • 28 July, 2021
  • Andrea Parrott

Here’s what you need to know about Day 4 of RAGBRAI XLVIII, when we ride from Iowa Falls to Waterloo!

First things first: let’s see our route:

Today’s ride was 67.9 miles with approximately 1,619 feet of climb. On our way from Iowa Falls to Waterloo, we visited Ackley, Austinville, Aplington, Parkersburg (Meeting Town), New Hartford, and Janesville (first visit). Stop by the People for Bikes booth downtown in every overnight town for route cards with more accurate between-town mileages.

Wednesday on RAGBRAI XLVIII is PeopleForBikes Day, and we will also have our Mile of Smiles!

PeopleForBikes Day
PeopleForBikes’ mission is to get more people on bikes more often – and to make bike rides better for everyone. We unite our 1.4 million supporters, bike businesses and Ride Spot retailer members to build connected bike networks across the country. Learn more at peopleforbikes.org and ridespot.org.

Miles of Smiles
The final mile into Waterloo will leave you smiling from ear to ear! It’s a celebration of what makes you smile and the unique and beautiful smiles that make up this year’s ride.

We’ll be Rollin’ into Mootown in Ackley! Follow them on Facebook to check out their RAGBRAI plans – just click this text!

We can’t wait to visit New Hartford, the City of Gardens! Follow them on Facebook to check out their RAGBRAI plans – just click this text! 

New Hartford also has an official website, click this text to find more information about what they will look like and offer when RAGBRAI rolls through!

This will be our first visit to Janesville! Follow them on Facebook to check out their RAGBRAI plans – just click this text! 

Once we get to Waterloo, we’ll have the Waterloo Experience! Thanks to our official GIS Sponsor, CGA Consultants for our RAGBRAI XLVIII Overnight Town Maps!

To find out more about Waterloo’s plans for us visit their page on our website: https://ragbrai.com/route-maps/iowa-falls/?section=ui-rb-towns-1

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooRAGBRAI
Twitter: https://twitter.com/expwaterloo
Instagram: @experiencewaterloo


  1. The RAGBRAI event in downtown Waterloo will feature 2 music stages; The RiverLoop Expo Plaza will serve as the main stage.The line-ups are:
    • The Diplomats – 3:00-5:00pm
      • Hip Hop Pop duo. *Local musicians!
    • Stackhouse – 5:30pm-8:30pm
      • High energy rock cover band. *Local Musicians!
    • The Purple Experience featuring Marshall Charloff – 9:00pm-11:00pm
      • The Purple Xperience is a five-piece group hailing from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis, MN.  They have been touring around the country since it’s inception in 2011 by Dr. Fink and front-man Marshall Charloff – bringing the greatest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution in the world to audiences of all generations.

    The second stage will be located at the RiverLoop Amphitheater. The line-ups are:Prone to Jones – 5:00pm-7:00pm

      • Power Rock Trio featuring originals and covers. Based out of Des Moines, Iowa.
    • Kevin Burt – 7:30pm-9:00pm
      • Blues and Soul. Coralville Iowa based, but a Waterloo native!

    The event is free and open to the public. The festival boundaries will be between Highway 63 and West 4th Street, and Washington Street and Cedar River. Entrances will be at Jefferson and W 4th street, as well as Commercial Street and West 2nd Street.  Streets will be closed within this area.

MercyOne Health Tip

When you’ve got a 60-mile bike ride ahead of you, it’s important to eat the foods that will give you the energy you need to make it to the finish line. To find out more, watch the video and/or click this text.

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 Waterloo today! Today might be a good day to stock up on Tide laundry detergent or some cleaning supplies for your RV/tent.
It’s at 40 W San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50701

Thirsty? Big Grove is with Mr. Pork Chop
Find a Tailwind – guaranteed! Just keep an eye out for Mr. Pork Chop’s big pig bus.

Need Swag? Scheels has you covered
Scheels is our official Sporting Goods Supplier and this week they’ll also be our official Swag Supplier. Stop by their tent next to the Iowa Beer Bus and BW Outdoors and see if you can score a freebie! The locations are marked on our official fold out maps.

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