RAGBRAI, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. In its 50th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.
This rolling celebration of Iowa attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries. It has covered thousands of miles through the years, and hundreds of thousands of riders have hopped in the saddle to pedal part of those miles.
RAGBRAI is a bicycle ride, not a race. It started in 1973 as a six-day ride across the state of Iowa by two Des Moines Register columnists who invited a few friends along. It is held the last full week in July. RAGBRAI is planned and coordinated by The Des Moines Register. Riders who participate in RAGBRAI understand that they do so at their own risk.
The RAGBRAI route averages 468 miles and is not necessarily flat. It begins somewhere along Iowa's western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River.
Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as 'host' communities for overnight stays. RAGBRAI is a guest in these communities and we ask our riders to behave as such.
The people of Iowa truly make RAGBRAI the special event that it is by opening up their towns and communities to participants. We hope you can enjoy this Iowa hospitality and join us for a memorable trip across the state.
RAGBRAI is a ride, not a race. Daily mileage averages between 55-65 miles a day with stops about every 10-12 miles. Riders can sign up for the full week or join us for any combination of day passes. Non-rider registration is good for the whole week.
- Date: July 22 - 29, 2023
Distances: 468 miles total
City, State: Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Online Information: https://ragbrai.com/