RAGBRAI is going back to where it all started.

The route for the July 23-29 50th anniversary edition of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, announced Saturday night at the Iowa Events Center, will include five of the seven key towns on the original route.

Just as in 1973, the starting point will be Sioux City, on the Missouri River, and the ending point will be Davenport, on the Mississippi. Overnight towns from the original route will be Storm Lake, Ames and, of course, Des Moines, where as many as 100,000 riders are expected in an attempt to set a world record for the largest single-day bike ride.

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