Northern Iowa is the route of choice for this year’s popular RAGBRAI biking event in Iowa.
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa on Friday announced the route for the 49th annual ride, which is July 23rd through the 30th.
The ride begins in Sergeant Bluff and ends in Lansing. Overnight stop locations will be Ida Grove, Pocahontas, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Charles City and West Union.
Pocahontas is hosting riders overnight for the first time, with Sergeant Bluff kicking off the ride for only the second time. The northern route is roughly 430 miles and nearly 11,900 feet of climb. That makes it the eleventh shortest ride and eighteenth flattest.
The year’s ride is dedicated to RAGBRAI co-founder, John Karras, who died in November.
The full route, including pass-through towns, is expected to be released in March.
story contribution courtesy of AP; photo/image courtesy of RAGBRAI