RAGBRAI – The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa
RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is a yearly seven-day bike ride across the state of Iowa. Each year, cyclists from across the globe flock to Iowa to take part in the largest and longest non-competitive bike-touring event in the country and the world.
Since 1973, the RAGBRAI route averages roughly 470 miles and features a wide variety of terrain. During the last full week of July, bicycle enthusiasts get started somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River. The route ends along the eastern border of the Mississippi River.
To keep things exciting, the route changes every year. The route is always announced in January at the Iowa Bike Expo during the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party.
Due to the popularity of the event, registration takes place early in the year. From there, a random computer lottery decides who will take part in the ride come July. There’s only room for 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders. If this is your year to ride, Stratos Jet Charters can arrange private jets to RAGBRAI in Iowa with plenty of time to load up on carbs and dip the rear wheel of your bike in the Missouri River.
2019 RAGBRAI XLVII Route
Sunday, July 21 – Gravel Loop & Mile of Silence, Council Bluffs to Atlantic (60 miles with 2,825 feet to climb)
Monday, July 22 – Celebrate 100 Years of American Legion, Atlantic to Winterset (68 miles with 2,044 feet to climb)
Tuesday, July 23 – Parkinson’s Awareness Day, Winterset to Indianola (40 miles with 1,374 feet to climb)
Wednesday, July 24 – Karras Loop and PeopleForBikes Day, Indianola to Centreville (84 miles with 3,252 feet to climb)
Thursday, July 25 – RAGBRAI Jersey Day, Centreville to Fairfield (66 miles with 2,328 feet to climb)
Friday, July 26 – College Spirit Day, Fairfield to Burlington (65 miles with 1,521 feet to climb)
Saturday, July 27 – Tire dip in Mississippi River, Burlington to Keokuk (63 miles with 1,686 feet to climb)
Because the route changes annually, your destination may change as well. However, some of the most popular airports in western Iowa include: Des Moines International Airport (DSM), Atlantic Municipal Airport (AIO), Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), and Spencer Municipal Airport (SPW). For a complete listing of airports that can accommodate private jets to RAGBRAI in Iowa, check out our Iowa destination page.
Are you looking to experience the largest recreational bike tour in the world? Stratos Jets can arrange private jets to Iowa and anywhere else in the world. Call our professional customer service agents at (888) 593-9066 or request a quote online to learn more.