Thousands of bicyclists pedal into Leon, Iowa today; and then on to Centerville, Iowa tomorrow for the annual bicycle ride across Iowa.
It’s the 44th year of RAGBRAI – the “Register’s Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.” This year, the 420-mile route travels through the extreme southern parts of Iowa.
The bicyclists camped last night in Creston, Iowa. The group travels 59 miles to Leon today for the next overnight stop. Tomorrow morning, the group will depart Leon, traveling 65 miles to Centerville, Iowa. Several small towns will be visited along the bicycle route each day this week.
For more than 40 years, there’s been a huge number of participants for RAGBRAI founded by the Des Moines Register newspaper. It follows a different route each year but always beginning on a Sunday morning at the Missouri River, traveling eastward across Iowa, concluding on a Saturday at the Mississippi River.