'If you go too fast, you miss all the fun' - 30,000 cyclists to traverse Iowa for RAGBRAI's 50th Anniversary

The world’s oldest and largest multi-day bicycle touring event gears up for its semicentennial trip across Iowa.

RAGBRAI cyclists
(Image credit: RAGBRAI)

As the pinnacle of elite cycling, the Tour de France, enters its final days, a pleasant antithesis kicks off across the world, in the Midwest cycling community: Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI for short.

Taking place between July 22 through July 29, RAGBRAI is the oldest and largest multi-day bicycle touring event in the world and got its start from humble beginnings. In 1973, two writers at the Des Moines Register newspaper had the idea to ride bikes across Iowa and write profiles on the people they met during their travels. 

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Kristin Jenny
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Kristin Jenny is an elite triathlete based near Boulder, Colorado. Although most of her time is spent in aerobars somewhere in the mountains, she finds time to enjoy eating decadent desserts, hiking with her husband and dog, and a good true crime podcast.