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The Entrance Route
The Festival to Campgrounds Route
The Exit Route

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- More details have been announced by Experience Waterloo for the city's RAGBRAI 2021 plans as an overnight host.

Waterloo will be the overnight stop of Day 4 of the ride, in between Iowa Falls on Day 3 and Anamosa on Day 5. Around 10,000 riders will come into Waterloo on Wednesday, July 28th, and leave on Thursday, July 29. City leaders expect the event to be a major boost for the local economy.

The Entrance Route

Riders will be coming into Waterloo from the north. Once they enter Black Hawk County, they will take:

  • Wagner Road
    • to Big Rock Road
      • To Burton Ave
        • To Conger Street
          • To River Road
            • To Commercial Street

Once riders are on Commercial Street, they will enter the main entrance to the Downtown festival. There will be law enforcement assisting cyclists and directing traffic at several intersections along the route.

The Festival

Experience Waterloo Executive Director Tavis Hall explained the plans to City Council Monday afternoon.

Hall said they are working closely with police, fire, and public health as they plan the festival, which is free and open to the public. They will also try to limit food vendors at the festival itself, hoping to give riders a better taste of Waterloo, literally.

Further announcements about volunteer needs and music line-ups will be made over the next few weeks. Hall expects volunteer sign-up to open up within the next two weeks.

Street Closures

During the event, there will be street closures downtown, bounded by Highway 63 North and West 4th Street, and in between Washington Street and Cedar River Street. These streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.

There will also be closures on Park Avenue between Sycamore and Cedar Street, which will close on Tuesday, July 27th starting at 1:00 p.m.

"Generally, roadways are not completely closed to vehicular traffic along the RAGBRAI route, although the public is generally advised to find alternative routes during RAGBRAI," Hall said.


Once riders make it to Waterloo, they will be able to use the Waterloo trails to make their way from the festival to the main campgrounds at Exchange Park, San Souci, Tibbetts Field, and Waterloo Water Works.

"Typically, once cyclists settle into their campsite or hotel, they can utilize shuttles," Hall said. "However, residents should be aware of extra cyclists throughout the entire day and next morning.”

The Exit Route

Riders will be leaving Thursday morning, headed for Anamosa.

Leaving Waterloo, they will be taking:

  • Burton Avenue
    • To Fairview and Lafayette Street
      • To Evansdale
        • And then make their way southeast

For information about Waterloo RAGBRAI go to For more information about the entire RAGBRAI route go to You can find the rest of the daily maps for RAGBRAI here.

KWWL is a proud sponsor of this year's RAGBRAI. We will continue to update you on Waterloo's plans as the event draws nearer.

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