- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A popular bicycle ride across Iowa will have a small-town theme this year.

Organizers behind the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa - also known as RAGBRAI - say just one of the overnight towns announced Saturday has a population of more than 10,000 people.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1aY8MVG ) the route will start in Rock Valley near the Missouri River in northern Iowa and end in Guttenberg by the Mississippi River. The other overnight towns are Okoboji, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly and Independence.

The 418-mile route is the third shortest in history. The 11,316-feet climb is the second flattest in history.

Now in its 42nd year, more than 10,000 riders are expected to participate in RAGBRAI. It’s organized by the Register and scheduled July 20-26.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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