RAGBRAI 2022 route map night cities

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This summer’s RAGBRAI will cross northern Iowa, beginning at Sergeant Bluff along the Missouri River and ending approximately 430 miles later at Lansing along the Mississippi River.

In an announcement Friday night, the Register’s annual Big Bike Ride in Iowa identified cities where cyclists will spend the night along the way: Ida Grove, Pocahontas, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Charles City and West Union.

Every Night Town on the Road has hosted RAGBRAI at least once before, with the exception of Pocahontas, which will mark its premiere. An announcement of the cities of passage will come later.

This year’s race – the 49th in the race’s history, which attracts cyclists from across the country – runs from July 23-30 and is dedicated to co-founder John Karras. Karras and Donald Kaul, both columnists for the Des Moines Register, founded the ride in 1973. Kaul died in 2018, and Karras passed away in November.

In memory of Karras, a day on the road will span 100 miles – from Emmetsburg to Mason City, the Des Moines Register reported.

This year’s route will have approximately 11,900 feet of climbing. It will be RAGBRAI’s 11th shortest and 18th flattest route.

Registration is open for the ride and is available on a first-come, first-served basis at RAGBRAI.com. Early bird registration for the week is $175 through February 28, and subsequent registration, which ends April 1, is $190. Day passes are also available.

Registration was previously determined by lottery, but RAGBRAI officials changed that method in November.

Around 15,000 runners are expected.

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