• Phil Prazan
  • Mon January 27 2014
  • Posted Jan 27, 2014
Thanks to Phil for covering the Iowa Bike Expo and the Announcement Party on Saturday, January 25th.

Hundreds of cycling fanatics came to the Iowa Events Center to find out which towns RAGBRAI will cycle through.

Starting from the west and going east, they are: Rock Valley, Okoboji, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly, Independence, and Guttenberg.

It's been a bike lovers dream this weekend at the Iowa Bicycle Summit, all the excitement building up to this announcement, and now there's plenty to get ready for.

For everything cycling this weekend, Iowans came to the Iowa Bicycle Summit.

Avid cyclists say Iowa is only becoming more friendly to two wheels.


Vendors advertised what's new in the ever growing Iowa bike community. Rolling around in the new models, each one turning casual riders into enthusiasts.

A major selling pitch here is to buy what you need and get riding, so you can be ready come RAGBRAI.

"The trail connections, being green, the carbon footprint; all that has lent to bicycling becoming more popular. Obviously RAGBRAI put Iowa on the map long ago, long before we were ever cyclists," says Scott Sumpter from

RAGBRAI brings big business to some of these small towns across Iowa. So this isn't just a fun time for these cyclists at the party, but people in towns like Rock Valley and Forest City have to be cheering as well.

As we returned to DSM from the Winter Games in Okoboji we learned that Hairball is playing in Okoboji for RAGBRAI... That does not excite me in the least...

#1 - MrPeske posted Jan 28, 2014

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