After riders dip their tires in the Missouri River and set off to the Mississippion the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, they will be embarking on the first ride since 2019 that has a near pre-pandemic level of registration.

Next year may mark the ride's 50th anniversary, but that doesn't mean this year's edition doesn't have plenty to offer. The returnfor the first time in nearly 40 years of Century Day— a 100-plus-mile route for all riders—is just one highlight on a route dedicated to RAGBRAI co-founder John Karras, who died last year.

Here's what to know aboutRAGBRAI.

Q: What is RAGBRAI?

A:It may be hyperbole, but Iowans like to boast thatRAGBRAIis the world's largestannual mobile party. Each summer, cyclists set out from a point on or near the Missouri River in westernIowa and ride seven day-long routes to their destination on the Mississippi River. The route changes from year to year, so almost all of Iowa has participated at one point or another.

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