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.

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  1. 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.
  2. The bicycle belonging to Alumni Director Mark Wold is proud to call itself a Beloiter.
  3. Team Beloit posed for a photo prior to taking off.
  4. The 468-mile RAGBRAI kicked off Sunday along Iowa's western border.
  5. And Team Beloit has arrived at our starting point. #beloitragbrai
  6. RAGBRAI takes place every year during the last full week of July.
  7. Team Beloit, Day 1, with alumnus Tim Fast'77 #beloitragbrai
  8. Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route, such as Shelby, serve as “host” communities for overnight stays.
  9. Shelby, Iowa welcomes Team Beloit (and everyone else on Ragbrai)! #beloitragbrai
  10. Heading into its 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
  11. Early morning (5:30-ish) fog greeted Team Beloit on their 100 mile day. #beloitragbrai
  12.  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.
  13. Early morning scenery kept us pushing up each hill of the 5000 feet of climb of Team Beloit's 100 mile day. #beloitragbrai
  14. Called "a rolling celebration of Iowa," RAGBRAI--a ride, not a race--attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries.
  15. Team Beloit (and some friends) ride in to Kimballton, Iowa. #beloitragbrai
  16. The route is changed each year, and the overnight towns are announced in late January.
  17. Team Beloit's excitement continued with hail and thunderstorms. We might have hunkered down in our tents with our helmets on, but we weathered the storms! #beloitragbrai
  18. The non-biking Beloiters back on campus have been following the riders' trek all week at #beloitragbrai.
  19. The Beloiters may be in Iowa, but they haven't forgotten their city and college's unofficial mascot: the turtle.