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RAGBRAI gives status update, releases Q&A for 2021 ride


WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- RAGBRAI has provided a status update for the 2021 48th annual bike rice across Iowa. The 426-mile-long ride will be from July 25-31.

"Our towns and host communities have been instrumental in getting us to today,” RAGBRAI ride director Dieter Drake said. “We have five months of planning still and together we'll finally have the 48th RAGBRAI. We couldn't be more excited to work with them to bring this great Iowa tradition back in July.”

RAGBRAI and the host cities say they are working to make sure it is a safe and healthy ride. They are working on a full COVID-19 mitigation strategy that will be in place for all communities, volunteers, vendors, and partners.

Due to COVID-19, last year's race was at first postponed and then canceled. This year's route still includes a stop on Day 4 in Waterloo, the 4th time the city will host RAGBRAI riders overnight. Waterloo hasn't hosted for 10 years.

“Waterloo is excited to host riders in 2021,” Experience Waterloo executive director Tavis Hall said. “As our economy and community recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, we are excited to work with RAGBRAI, local health officials, local law enforcement & residents to plan and execute a safe and enjoyable event at every level.”

In mid-December the city of Storm Lake announced it would not be part of the 2021 route, citing a number of reasons for doing so.

The 2021 route starts in Le Mars with overnight stops in Sac City, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Anamosa, and DeWitt before ending in Clinton.

The route can be viewed here.

Registration for weeklong riders is open until April 1 and day pass registration is open until June 1. Riders can register here.

A Q&A with COVID-19 questions included can be viewed here.


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