RAGBRAI is right around the corner…

The 36th RAGBRAI will run through Missouri Valley, Harlan, Jefferson, Ames, Tama-Toledo, North Liberty, Tipton and Le Clare.  Lance Armstrong will be here for the 3rd time.

RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

It’s a household word in Iowa, one synomous with the last full week in July. 

This will be my tenth year on RAGBRAI and even though I’m not able to do the entire week every year, I wouldn’t miss riding a couple days each year.

I started riding RAGBRAI in 1999 and hadn’t really ridden a bike much since I was a kid. The first year I went, I rode only two days, but a very hot and hilly two days.  The heat index the first day was at least 110 the first day and 115 the second day I rode. The first day was from Waverly to Decorah, the second day from Decorah to Manchester. If anyone has driven in northeast Iowa, it’s even hillier when you’re on a bike! 

However, after that year with a sore butt and being hot and tired, I fell in love with it.

The greatest part is meeting people from all over the country and the world! I think it’s a great thing for Iowa that it promotes health and being outside instead of sitting in front of the TV or computer. Iowa has this great event and I think everyone should at least experience it. Riding is the best way to do that, besidesjust going to the parties or watching them ride. 

Come out and meet some riders this year and you will see the great humor and kindness that most of us bring to the event. 

posted by: kimhilby

Learn more at: http://www.ragbrai.org/

RAGBRAI BASICS – taken from ragbrai.org

What is RAGBRAI?
RAGBRAI®, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 36th year, RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. RAGBRAI is sponsored by The Des Moines Register.

When is RAGBRAI?
July 20-26, 2008. (It is always the last full week of July)

What does it cost?
A week-long rider fee is $125; a week-long non-rider fee is $35. A vehicle permit is $35. Instead of entering for the week, participants may enter for daily wristbands for $25 per day. There is a limit of three days per person for the daily wristbands.

What is included in the entry fees?
The cost includes wristbands, route marking signage, baggage transportation, camping accommodations, discounts, sag wagon services, emergency medical services, traffic control, souvenir patch, daily route maps, and entries into drawing for a free bike for riders and other prizes for support vehicle drivers.

What is the route?
RAGBRAI begins somewhere near Iowa’s western border and ends along the eastern border at the Mississippi River. We change the route each year and we will announce the overnight towns in late January 2008 in The Des Moines Register and on our Web site (www.ragbrai.org).

How many miles is the ride?
The seven-day total mileage for RAGBRAI averages 472 miles while the daily mileage averages 68 miles. There is an optional century loop on one day each year for cyclists wanting the challenge.

When can I enter?
You can enter RAGBRAI beginning Nov. 15, 2007.

When is the entry deadline?
The entry postmark deadline is April 1, 2008. Your entry form, payment and waiver must be submitted prior to or on the deadline to be eligible for the lottery.

Is there a limit on entries?
RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 daily riders. Entries can exceed the number of riders allowed, so a random computer lottery takes place after all of the entries are entered in the computer. Lottery results are available online on May 1, 2008.


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2 responses to “RAGBRAI is right around the corner…

  1. jenKNEE

    Styx to play at Ames Ragbrai stop in benefit of flood victims

    Andrea Fier

    Styx and the Nadas will be holding a benefit concert at the Ragbrai CYcling Country entertainment festival while the riders of Ragbrai are camping out in Ames on July 22.

    T-shirt and autograph sales from the rock band Styx will benefit the Embrace Iowa: 2008 disaster relief fund.

    “Within the last few weeks, since the floods, Ragbrai started getting calls from people who said they wanted to help out in some way,” said Dave Kraemer, co-chair of the Ames Ragbrai committee.

    Kraemer said that the overwhelming reaction from people was that Ames, because of its central location, is going to be the big stop on this year’s tour.

    “We’ve been working since April to book some acts that we thought would really draw people,” Kraemer said. “We chose the Nadas because they have a strong local appeal, and Styx because they have national draw.”

    The event will be held from 5 p.m. until midnight on Tuesday, July 22, in the Iowa State Center parking lots.

    General admission to the events will be $10, admission is $5 for Ragbrai participants or free admission is available to those wearing their official CYcling Country t-shirts.

    Donations will also be accepted all day at all Ragbrai information centers and throughout the entire ride.


  2. na


    You didn’t mention the buses! They are always a highlight – check out some pics.

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