July 19 – Ragbrai Expo

Working Bikes volunteers Waymond Smith and Sam Rifkin will represent Working Bikes at the RAGBRAI Expo on Saturday, July 19th from 12-9pm in Rock Valley, Iowa. Waymond and Sam will share information about Working Bikes’ mission and our donation collection points in Iowa City and Nevada, Iowa.

RAGBRAI, or The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 42nd year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

RAGBRAI is a bicycle ride, not a race.  It started in 1973 as a six-day ride across the state of Iowa by two Des Moines Register columnists who invited a few friends along.  It is held the last full week in July.  RAGBRAI is planned and coordinated by The Des Moines Register, and riders who participate in RAGBRAI understand that they do so at their own risk.

The RAGBRAI route averages 468 miles and is not necessarily flat.  It begins somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River.  The route is changed each year, stopping in eight Iowa communities along the way who serve as “host” communities for overnight stays.