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This summer’s RAGBRAI will cut across Northern Iowa, starting in Sergeant Bluff along the Missouri River and ending about 430 miles later in Lansing along the Mississippi River.
In an announcement late Friday night, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa identified the overnight towns where riders will spend the night along the way: Ida Grove, Pocahontas, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Charles City and West Union.
All of the overnight towns on the route have hosted RAGBRAI at least once before — except Pocahontas, which will mark its first. An announcement of the pass-through towns will come later.
This year’s ride — the 49th in the history of the ride, which attracts cyclists from around the country — is July 23-30 and is dedicated to co-founder John Karras. Karras and Donald Kaul, both Des Moines Register columnists, founded the ride in 1973. Kaul died in 2018 and Karras died in November.
In memory of Karras, one day on the route will stretch to 100 miles — from Emmetsburg to Mason City, the Des Moines Register reported.
This year’s route will have about 11,900 feet of climb. It will be RAGBRAI’s 11th-shortest ride and 18th-flattest.
Registration is open for the ride and is available on a first-come, first-served basis at RAGBRAI.com. Early registration for the week is $175 through Feb. 28, and later registration, which closes April 1, is $190. Day passes also are available.
Registration was previously determined by a lottery, but RAGBRAI officials changed that method in November.
About 15,000 riders are expected.