RAGBRAI gets Beloiters' wheels turning
Hundreds of thousands of people have biked in RAGBRAI over the last 40 years, and this year a group of faculty, staff, and alumni from Beloit College are among them.
- Short for The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Below is the festive jersey worn by Team Beloit.
- The bicycle belonging to Alumni Director Mark Wold is proud to call itself a Beloiter.
- Team Beloit posed for a photo prior to taking off.
- The 468-mile RAGBRAI kicked off Sunday along Iowa's western border.
- RAGBRAI takes place every year during the last full week of July.
- Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route, such as Shelby, serve as “host” communities for overnight stays.
- Heading into its 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
- RAGBRAI started in 1973 as a six-day ride across the state of Iowa by two Des Moines Register columnists who invited a few friends along.
- Called "a rolling celebration of Iowa," RAGBRAI--a ride, not a race--attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries.
- The route is changed each year, and the overnight towns are announced in late January.
- The non-biking Beloiters back on campus have been following the riders' trek all week at #beloitragbrai.
- The Beloiters may be in Iowa, but they haven't forgotten their city and college's unofficial mascot: the turtle.
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