From Western Iowa border to the Mississippi River
The 418-mile route starts in Rock Valley, about eight miles from Iowa’s border with South Dakota, and ends at the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.
RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz told the Des Moines Register that the northern route goes back to the ride’s small-town roots after 2013 stops in Council Bluffs and Des Moines and a 2012 visit to Cedar Rapids.
“There are no massive towns,” Juskiewicz said. “We’re getting back to smaller communities, which are the perfect size for RAGBRAI.”
Only Mason City has a population over 10,000. It has been 29 years since the ride visited the River City.
It is the third shortest and second flattest route in the RAGBRAI’s 42 years.
- Cities on RAGBRAI
- Rock Valley July 19
- Okoboji July 20
- Emmetsburg July 21
- Forest City July 22
- Mason City July 23
- Waverly July 24
- Independence July 25
- Guttenberg July 26