DES MOINES, Iowa – Cyclists gearing up for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa this summer will face a challenging and hilly 434-mile route. RAGBRAI LI, the 51st edition of the ride, will kick off on July 21 in Glenwood and conclude on July 27 in Burlington, making 8 overnight stops along the way.
The 2024 route is expected to be the hilliest in RAGBRAI history, with more than 18,000 feet of elevation that riders will tackle as they journey through southern Iowa. The ride will take cyclists through small towns like Red Oak, Atlantic, Winterset, Knoxville, and Mount Pleasant, exhibiting the rural beauty of Iowa and providing support to communities that are often overlooked.
Last year’s route, starting in Sioux City and ending in Davenport, pales in comparison to the challenges anticipated for RAGBRAI LI. The significant elevation changes and scenic countryside will offer a unique experience for participants, highlighting the diversity and natural splendor of Iowa.
In conjunction with the route announcement, a bike previously owned and ridden by RAGBRAI co-founder Donald Kaul was auctioned off, fetching $8,500. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Dream Team, a charitable organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth by involving them in activities such as RAGBRAI training.
The 8-day ride promises to be a test of endurance, with each leg of the journey presenting its own set of challenges. The event is not only a physical endeavor for cyclists but also a celebration of community, as each town along the route is prepared to welcome and support the riders, ensuring a memorable and impactful experience for everyone involved.
In its 51st year, RAGBRAI continues to captivate riders and spectators alike, showcasing the best of Iowa’s landscapes, hospitality, and community spirit. As the event draws nearer, anticipation builds for the adventure and camaraderie that lie ahead for participants and supporters of the iconic bicycle ride.