April 22, 2021

RAGBRAI’s 48th annual bicycle ride across Iowa set for July 25 to 31

DES MOINES – RAGBRAI, with support from the 2021 communities, will host their 48th annual bicycle ride across Iowa July 25 through 31.

“Our towns and host communities have been instrumental in getting us to today,” said Dieter Drake, RAGBRAI ride director. “We have five months of planning still and together we’ll finally have the 48th RAGBRAI. We couldn’t be more excited to work with them to bring this great Iowa tradition back in July.”

RAGBRAI, along with the host communities, are committed to hosting a safe and healthy ride in 2021. RAGBRAI will release a comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation strategy, already in development, that all communities, volunteers, vendors and partners will adopt for this year’s ride.

“Waterloo is excited to host riders in 2021,” said Tavis Hall, Experience Waterloo executive director. “As our economy and community recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, we are excited to work with RAGBRAI, local health officials, local law enforcement and residents to plan and execute a safe and enjoyable event at every level.”

The 2021 route starts in Le Mars with overnight stops in Sac City, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Anamosa and DeWitt before ending in Clinton. Sac City and DeWitt will host riders overnight for the first time in RAGBRAI’s history. The route is 426 miles long with 11,481 feet of climb making it the sixteenth flattest in the ride’s history.

Registration for RAGBRAI XLVIII is open at ragbrai.com/registration until April 1 for week-long rider and non-rider registration. Day pass registration is open until June 1. Refund requests must be submitted to info@ragbrai.com by April 1 to be honored. No refunds will be given after that date.


RAGBRAI is the oldest, longest, and largest recreational bicycle ride in the world. Started in 1973 by Des Moines Register columnists, John Karras and Donald Kaul, RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day bicycle ride that travels from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River the last full week in July.