RAGBRAI 51, set for July 21-27, will take riders to some of the most scenic spots in Iowa. Here is what to know about the 2024 ride.

What does RAGBRAI stand for?

RAGBRAI is an acronym for the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Though begun in 1973, it didn't start using the RAGBRAI moniker until 1975.

What is RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI is a seven-day bicycle ride that always runs from west to east across Iowa. It begins on or near the Missouri River and ends at the Mississippi, taking advantage of the fact that Iowa is bordered by the nation's two longest rivers. The events division of Gannett, the parent company of the Des Moines Register, runs the ride.

How did RAGBRAI start?

RAGBRAI evolved from an idea by Des Moines Register Washington Columnist Donald Kaul and copy editor and feature writer John Karras. In 1973 they dreamed up what they called The Great Six-Day Bike Trip, a 460-mile, six-day ride from Sioux City to Davenport.


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