It’s official. Scheels is a proud sponsor of RAGBRAI XLII for 2014. The exciting news was made public during the Route Announcement Party on January 26. Registration is already open for this year’s ride (July 20-26) so start your planning now! To get you ready up for this famous event in Iowa, check out the information below and visit RAGBRAI’s website. To get geared up with the latest technology, visit scheels.com for your biking and camping needs.
What is RAGBRAI?
RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world and has long become an Iowa tradition. This year the ride is held on July 20-26 for its 42nd year.
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. Since then it has grown to a rolling celebration attracting 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, and 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 equaling about 67 miles per day 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. The route changes from each year and is made public during the Route Announcement Party. Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as “host” communities for overnight stays. The people of Iowa truly make RAGBRAI the special event that it is by opening up their towns and communities to participants.
The RAGBRAI route is announced each year during the Route Announcement Party in January. This year’s route celebrates smaller communities in northern Iowa. Along the way, riders will stop overnight in Okoboji, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly and Independence.
RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz said the northern route goes back to RAGBRAI’s small-town roots after 2013 stops in Council Bluffs and Des Moines and a 2012 visit to Cedar Rapids.
“There are no massive towns,” Juskiewicz said. “We’re getting back to smaller communities, which are the perfect size for RAGBRAI.”
Just one overnight town has a population over 10,000 — Mason City, which has only seen RAGBRAI come through once, 29 years ago. For those who remember the last time the ride rolled through town, in 1985, Mason City may look a bit different. “They’ve done a ton of downtown development, and they’re anxious to show it off,” Juskiewicz said.
The last stop, Guttenberg, is also the smallest, at 2.12 square miles and 1,919 residents. This is Guttenberg’s fifth time wrapping up RAGBRAI on the banks of the Mississippi.
Watch the highlights from the announcement party HERE.
Jerseys in Scheels Stores
Scheels stores in Iowa are getting in their shipment of exclusive RAGBRAI jerseys. They will soon be available for purchase online as well to ship anywhere across the United States (check back for updates soon).
Check back often for the latest updates of store events and exciting announcements related to RAGBRAI as we near closer to the ride of a lifetime.
Source: RAGBRAI’s website