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RAGBRAI celebrates Iowa

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RAGBRAI is an Iowa tradition. It celebrates the sights, the sounds, the friends, the food, and the hospitality of the warm and friendly people of Iowa. Every year participants come from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

They mean business! Denise Green and Denise Horton are on the lookout for volunteers to help Cherokee host RAGBRAI XL Sunday. If you can work, host riders in your home or yard, or seek more information, call City Hall at 225-5749, or the Chamber of Commerce at 225-6414. Photo contributed
For some riders, completing the 471-mile route that begins in Sioux Center and ends in Clinton will simply be enough of an achievement. Other riders look forward to the optional Karras Loop through Stratford and will celebrate that they completed 104 miles in a day.

Event route and mileage

Sunday, July 22-Sioux Center to Cherokee-54.4 miles

Monday, July 23-Cherokee to Lake View-62.0 miles

Tuesday, July 24-Lake View to Webster City-81.2 miles

Wednesday, July 25--Webster City to Marshalltown-77.1 miles

Thursday, July 26-Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids-84.8 miles

Friday, July 27-Cedar Rapids to Anamosa-42.2 miles

Saturday, July 28-Anamosa to Clinton-69.4 miles

In 2012, participants will come from all 50 states and Washington D.C.

RAGBRAI XL will also host 63 riders from 17 foreign countries this summer. The foreign countries are Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

37.6 percent of the riders are from Iowa.

RAGBRAI riders use a variety of bike types:

9.7% Hybrid

1.9% Mountain Bike

1.6% Recumbent

83.7% Road Bike

2.4% Tandem

0.3% Tandem-Recumbent

0.4% Trike

0.9% Other


63.8% of the participants are male, while 36.2% are female.


The average age of this year's RAGBRAI participants is 46.5 years old.

The age breakdown of this year's participation is as follows:

4.8% in 19 and under

3.8% is 20-24

5.1% is 25-29

5.8% is 30-34

5.4% is 35-39

7.2% is 40-44

9.3% is 45-49

12.6% is 50-54

11.8% is 55-59

8.1% is 60-64

4.1% is 65-69

2.0% is 70-74

0.6% is 75-79

0.2% is over 80

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