RAGBRAI announces flat bike route for 2018

Do you like flat bike rides? Organizers announced the 2018 route for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and it’s the fourth flattest in RAGBRAI history.

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You might assume that any ride across Iowa would be flat. But the state’s rolling topography means that some of the past 400-plus-mile bike tours have rivaled Ride the Rockies for total elevation gained for the week.

For the record, the expected 10,000 or more bicyclists riding the 2018 RAGBRAI will climb 12, 576 feet as they travel 428 miles across the central Iowa in a west to east direction.

The route and host towns were announced at an annual gala in Des Moines on Saturday night. With 200 Iowa towns vying to be among the host communities to earn huge tourism bucks from the ride, interest in the route rivals the Academy Awards.

And this year’s winners are:

Onawa (pop. 2,998) – Saturday, July 21

Denison (pop. 8,298) – Sunday, July 22

Jefferson (pop. 4,345) – Monday, July 23

Ames (pop. 58,965) – Tuesday, July 24

Newton (pop. 15,254) – Wednesday, July 25

Sigourney (pop. 2,059) – Thursday, July 26

Iowa City (pop. 67,862) – Friday, July 27

Davenport (pop. 99,685) – Saturday, July 28

This year’s route for the 46th RAGBRAI enables bicyclists to explore the state’s two big college in the same trip — Ames (Iowa State University) and Iowa City (University of Iowa).

Ride registration is open now. There’s a Feb. 15 deadline for submitting a paper registration, April 1 for registering online. Since registrations are limited to 10,000, the final list of riders will be chosen by lottery announced May 1.

Host cities for 2018 RAGBRAI

 

 

 

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