The countdown is on! The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (better known as RAGBRAI) starts Sunday, July 21!
The annual, seven-day bicycle ride across the state is now in its 41st year, making RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Bicyclists from all over come to take part in the Iowa tradition that pairs exercise with showcasing local communities, allowing different towns and cities throughout the state to take part in the festivities each year.
The 2013 RAGBRAI route is broken down by the overnight host communities, which are as follows:
- Council Bluffs - Saturday, July 20
- Harlan - Sunday, July 21
- Perry - Monday, July 22
- Des Moines - Tuesday, July 23
- Knoxville - Wednesday, July 24
- Oskaloosa - Thursday, July 25
- Fairfield - Friday, July 26
- Fort Madison - Saturday, July 27
This year's RAGBRAI festivities are especially fun for Central Iowans, as riders pass through and stay in Des Moines! Since RAGBRAI has not traveled through the capital city since 1997, Des Moines wants to make sure 2013 is a year to remember!
Tuesday's events begin at 10 a.m. with a "Totally Tubular Tuesday" street party in Valley Junction. The historic shopping district is shutting down for live music, food and even a flash mob! Countless other businesses and restaurants are preparing for the crowds, such as Raygun (whose RAGBRAI-inspired shirts are already a popular item) and Thelma's (ice cream sandwiches will the perfect way to beat the heat).
Whether you're riding the full week, riding only a couple of days or just coming out to support the riders, enjoy one of Iowa's greatest summer traditions! You don't want to miss it!