Saturday, January 28th, RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) announced the overnight towns for the 2018 state-wide event. The ride returns to Central Iowa, being one of the quickest, easiest routes for riders. The start of the RAGBRAI event kicks off this year in our county seat: Onawa!
The event starts Saturday, July 21, 2018
According to individuals who have been a part of Onawa hosting RAGBRAI in the past, the riders, vendors, staff, and drivers will start pouring into the area Thursday (7/19), Friday (7/20), and Saturday (7/21), then take off across Monona County heading toward Denison on Sunday (7/22) morning.
The exact route that will be used between Onawa and Denison will be released in March 2018. MCEDP will work to gather this information and notify our county’s pass-through communities immediately.
According to RAGBRAI’s director T.J. Juskiewicz, “Over 200 towns expressed interest in hosting this year’s event.”
It is both a privilege and an honor for one of our Monona County cities to be chosen as a host community! Though this event will be fun for everyone, it also means a lot of volunteering, planning, and top of the line hospitality. Here at MCEDP, both our cell and office phones have been ringing all day with an expressed interest in volunteering and hosting riders. While MCEDP isn’t the contact for this event, we are doing our best to help with local businesses & organization’s concerns and will attempt to stay in-the-know to point all of you in the right direction.
According to MCEDP’s Vice President, Brent McCall, who was involved in the initial planning and applying for RAGBRAI as part of the Onawa Chamber of Commerce, “We will be meeting this week to establish an advisory board and meeting with RAGBRAI staff the following week to start the planning process. We will have more information available then, and will most likely develop a communication platform for everyone in the area to stay up to date.”
If you would like to get your name in as a volunteer, please send an email to Clint Weaver at Onawa Economic Development with your Name, Phone Number, and Email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on the RAGBRAI event, visit RAGBRAI’s Website.