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.

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 …

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Elevation gain — Cycle Oregon vs. Ride the Rockies

Which week-long bicycle tour has the most elevation gain — a 457-mile ride along the Pacific Coast in Oregon or a 403-mile bicycle tour over five Rocky Mountain passes in Colorado?

If you guessed Cycle Oregon’s 457-mile option, you’d be correct.

The 2016 Ride the Rockies summits at least five high altitude mountain passes, totaling …

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RAGBRAI bike route across Iowa announced for 2016

If you’re considering to ride in the grand-daddy of all across-state bicycle tours — RAGBRAI — this summer, organizers announced this year’s route at the annual gala on Saturday night.

The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is July 23 to July 30, so don’t worry, all the corn pone from this year’s primary …

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2015 RAGBRAI: Sioux City to Davenport and optional gravel

It’s official. Organizers of Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) announced on Saturday that this year’s route would start in Sioux City and end in Davenport.

It’s the first time those cities have been the bookends for the grand-daddy of all across-state bicycle tours since the first RAGBRAI in 1973.

The expected 10,000-plus cyclists in …

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10 ways bicycle tourism is booming; annual tour directors gathering

Bicycle tour directors are gathering in San Diego this week to discuss the growth of their segment of the tourism industry and celebrate their 25th annual conference.

They’re all members of the Bike Tour Network, formerly known as the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. They run everything from one-day charity bike rides, to week-long cross-state mass …

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Custom bike-frame builder and cycling advocate die during RAGBRAI

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

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

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

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

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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