• Posted Jan 27, 2020

Think summer and ice-cream as the RAGBRAI 2020 north-central route is released

From the RAGBRAI announcement released on January 25th 2020 :

The 48th annualRegister's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa — pedaling from July 19 to 25 — will start in Le Marsand end in Clinton, home of the LumberKings minor league baseball team. In between, riders will stop overnight in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Anamosa and Maquoketa.

"There will be a lot of ice cream consumed on that weekend," said Kevin Richards, a bike shop owner in Le Mars.Home of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, the citybills itself as the "Ice Cream Capital of the World."

Clocking in at 420.3 miles with 12,306 feet of climb, the 48th edition of this roving cycling celebration will be the sixth shortest in ride history. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be too easy — with the route coming in as No. 29 for most feet of climb, bicyclists should plan spring training rides with Iowa hills in mind.

The full route, including pass-through towns and vehicle directions, is expected to be released in March.

Town by town: About RAGBRAI XLVIII

Saturday, July 19: Le Mars

  • Population: 9,996
  • Social Media: Coming Soon

Sunday, July 20: Storm Lake

  • Population: 10,458
  • Mileage (from Le Mars): 60.1 miles
  • Climb: 2,373 feet
  • Social Media: Coming Soon

Monday, July 21: Fort Dodge

  • Population: 24,098
  • Mileage (from Storm Lake): 72.6 miles
  • Climb: 1,153 feet
  • Social Media: Coming Soon

Tuesday, July 22: Iowa Falls

  • Population: 5,036
  • Mileage (from Fort Dodge): 51.9 miles
  • Climb: 854 feet.
  • Social Media: Coming Soon

Wednesday, July 23: Waterloo

  • Population: 67,798
  • Mileage (from Iowa Falls): 72 miles
  • Climb: 1,938 feet.
  • Social Media: twitter

Thursday, July 24: Anamosa

  • Population: 5,507
  • Mileage (from Waterloo): 85.1 miles
  • Climb: 3,078 feet.
  • Social Media: Coming Soon

Friday, July 25: Maquoketa

  • Population: 5,998
  • Mileage (from Anamosa): 43.3 miles
  • Climb: 1,650 feet
  • Social Media: Coming Soon

Saturday, July 26: Clinton

  • Population: 25,184
  • Mileage (from Maquoketa): 35.3 miles
  • Climb: 1,260 feet.
  • Social Media: Coming Soon


  • Download the RAGBRAI app for Android or iPhone to get the latest updates, photos, videos and maps you can use offline once route details are released in March.
  • Get this year’s biking gear at the RAGBRAI shop.
  • Find the best stories,videos and photos(and buy them!) at and
  • Follow RAGBRAI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for fun links, updates and photos.
  • Check back in March when the pass through towns and route details are announced.





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