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RAGBRAI gets support from bicycle organizations

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Iowa Bicycling Action Fund have expressed their support for RAGBRAI.

According to the RAGBRAI website, they met with both organizations several times the past two months to build a renewed partnership.

The four staff members who worked full-time running the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa resigned on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The group immediately launched a competing event, called Iowa's Ride, which will be held in July during the week prior to RAGBRAI.

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Iowa Bicycling Action Fund statement is listed below.

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Iowa Bicycling Action Fund boards of directors have voted to also endorse RAGBRAI.  The key members of the boards and staff met with RAGBRAI staff to discuss their commitment to the safety and future success of the ride.

The past few weeks have allowed us to reflect on what bicycling means to Iowa. We have been involved with RAGBRAI for the past 16 years. The partnership with RAGBRAI has been integral to advancing our mission of promoting safe end enjoyable bicycling through education, events, better policy, and a growing community of supporters.

Moving forward, we believe RAGBRAI is committed to enhance Iowa bicycle advocacy, promote bicycling culture overall, and contribute toward the state of Iowa’s reputation and economic vibrancy. The proposed changes shared with the board were positive for Iowa and we look forward to the implementation.

Dieter Drake will have a fresh perspective to lead RAGBRAI. Wes Hall returns to the event much needed institutional knowledge and relationships. They seemed focused to continue the iconic annual bicycle ride across Iowa, not only in 2020 but for many years to come.

For 47 years, RAGBRAI is woven into Iowa’s culture and tradition. This new era in Iowa bicycling has the potential for greater success and opportunity.  We look forward to the future of Iowa bicycling.

The RAGBRAI XLVIII Route Announcement Party will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. following the Iowa Bike Expo in the Community Choice Credit Ballroom. The Route Announcement party benefits the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. More information can be found on the Iowa Bicycle Coalition website.

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