Saturday the 21st was the route announcement for RAGBRAI XLV – Take it easy, go north

 

Here is the breakdown of the ride – copy/paste from RAGBRAI

 

Saturday, July 22

Orange City

In the news: The contentious fight between Des Moines Water Works and rural Iowa over farm runoff included an attempt at common ground in Orange City.

Population: 6,004

Starting town

History: First time as host; Orange City was a pass-through town in 1975, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2005 and 2012

Sunday, July 23

Spencer

In the news: An athlete’s tragic death set up a moment of sportsmanship recognized as one of the state’s most inspirational in 2016.

Population: 11,233

Mileage (from Orange City): 59.5; climb of 1,283 feet

History: Fifth overnight visit, previous ones were in 1979, 1990, 1999 and 2007

 

Monday, July 24

Algona

In the news: A Register feature in December highlighted the unique Nativity built by German prisoners of war during World War II.

Population: 5,560

Mileage (from Spencer): 73.8; climb of 1,631 feet

History: Sixth overnight visit, previous ones were in 1977, 1990, 1999, 2005 and 2010

 

Tuesday, July 25

Clear Lake

In the news: A perennial tourist favorite is the Surf Ballroom, site of the last concert before the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Population: 7,777

Mileage (from Algona): 51.4; climb of 934 feet

History: Fourth overnight visit, previous ones were in 1977, 1999 and 2010; Clear Lake was a pass-through town in 1985 and 2014

 

Wednesday, July 26

Charles City

In the news: A game between high school football rivals became something more with a boy’s memorable touchdown run.

Population: 7,652

Mileage (from Clear Lake): 57.5; climb of 1,290 feet

History: Fifth overnight visit, previous ones were in 1982, 1996, 2002 and 2010; Charles City was a pass-through town in 1977

 

Thursday, July 27

Cresco

In the news: Cresco is the hometown of Norman Borlaug, whose agricultural research earned him a Nobel Peace Prize and inspired the World Food Prize. Borlaug recently became one of two Iowans memorialized in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Population: 3,868

Mileage (from Charles City): 64.3; climb of 2,257 feet

History: Third overnight visit, previous ones were in 1996 and 2005; Cresco was a pass-through town in 1993

 

Friday, July 28

Waukon

In the news: Iowa’s winningest girls’ basketball coach, Gene Klinge, coached his final 11 seasons at Waukon.

Population: 3,897

Mileage (from Cresco): 60.1; climb of 2,483 feet

History: First time as host; Waukon was a pass-through town in 1977

 

Saturday, July 29

Lansing

In the news: The closing of a longtime button factory has the town considering what comes next.

Population: 999

Mileage (from Waukon): 44.8; climb of 3,200 feet

History: Second overnight visit, previous one was in 1977

 

How the route compares

Total mileage: 411.4, the third-shortest of RAGBRAI’s 45 journeys

Total feet of climb: 13,078 feet, the third-flattest

Difficulty of ride: Rated the third-easiest RAGBRAI by combination of distance and climb

 

Register for the ride HERE

RAGBRAI XLV logo from RAGBRAI