Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa Features Easier Northern Route

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — This year’s annual bike ride across Iowa will feature an easier northern route across the state.

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa — known as RAGBRAI — will start in Orange City on July 23 and continue to Lansing on July 29. The Des Moines Register reports the route covers 411 miles and climbs 13,078 feet.

Organizers say this year’s course should be the third-easiest one in the event’s 45-year history.

RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz joked that he’s not sorry that many riders thought last year’s southern route was difficult, but this year’s ride should be fun.

The route will take riders through the towns of Spencer, Algona, Clear Lake, Charles City and Waukon.

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