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Custom bike-frame builder and cycling advocate die during RAGBRAI

Old photo of Tom Teesdale at his TET Cycles website

A bicyclist remembered as a renowned Iowa custom bike-frame builder collapsed during Monday’s stage of RAGBRAI and later was pronounced dead at a hospital. [Update: Later in the week, on Wednesday, a Sioux City man died of a heart attack in his tent. George “Frank” Brinkerhoff, 74, was president of the Siouxland Cyclists bike club. KTIV.com said he …

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RAGBRAI — where Armstrong is still welcome

In 2011, Armstrong poses with Livestrong Army at RAGBRAI

Disgraced pro cyclist Lance Armstrong is returning to the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) next Sunday when more than 20,000 cyclists pull out of Rock Valley for the cross-state ride.

It’s one of the few places he’s felt comfortable after authorities stripped him of 7 Tour de France titles for doping.

This will …

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2014 RAGBRAI route announcement — short and flat

The host cities for 2014 RAGBRAI

This summer’s edition of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) promises to be the third shortest and second flattest in the mass event’s 42-year history.

Organizers announced the closely guarded secret of the host cities on Saturday night.

The ride starts for the first time in Rock Valley, in the west, and …

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Corny logo for 2014 RAGBRAI bike tour unveiled

Logo for the 42nd annual RAGBRAI.

The organizers of RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) revealed the official logo of the 2014 across-state bike ride last week.

It serves to remind us that it’s already time to start making sure that next year’s vacation schedules match up with our favorite big rides.

The nation’s oldest annual across-state bike tour …

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Week-long bike tour routes announced in Iowa, Kansas; end of the road for Tour de Kota

Biking Across Kansas 2013

Just as two week-long mass bicycle tours — RAGBRAI and B.A.K. — announced their host cities for 2013, a third is calling it quits and partnering with a two-day bicycle festival. Ride the Rockies makes its announcement on Saturday.

After eight years, the Argus Leader Tour de Kota in South Dakota is pulling the plug …

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And the 2013 across-state bicycle tour route is …

In updating the 2013 list of more than 100 across-state and multi-day mass bicycle tours in the US, I noticed that more tour organizers are trying to create suspense about next year’s route by making grand announcements.

RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) was one of the first to raise interest in the upcoming tour route several years ago by holding a gala event.

They’re continuing that legacy now with other important online announcements, such as the the official 2013 RAGBRAI XL logo — a pig! …

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Heat relief for RAGBRAI arrives with torrential thunderstorms

The triple digit heat that plagued the 10,000 bicycle riders in the 40th Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) was erased on Wednesday by overnight thunderstorms.

Although touted as one of the easier RAGBRAI’s in terms of terrain, the weather appears to present the biggest challenge on this year’s 471-mile bike tour.

Iowa is in the midst of a severe drought that threatens …

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RAGBRAI bike tour celebrating 40th birthday this week

RAGBRAI40

You know how it goes: One day it’s just a small event with a couple of hundred people along for the ride. Then the next thing you know it’s 40 years old with thousands of bike riders joining in.

In a nutshell, that’s the history of RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

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