WATERLOO, IA (April, 2020) – The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI has announced that the ride will be postponed until July 2021.
The ride was scheduled for July 19-25, 2020 with Waterloo slated to be an overnight stop on July 22nd. The dates for next year will be July 25-August 1, 2021. The route next year will be the same as planned for this year. Waterloo will host riders overnight on July 28, 2021.
"There were a multitude of factors that went into this decision. Ultimately, the success of each stop is predicated on the success of the stop before, and we need each Iowa community to be able to execute a safe plan to move riders to and through their communities, while providing a glimpse into their communities unique dynamic. It became apparent that there simply wasn’t enough resources, given the scope of COVID-19, to adequately plan and execute all of the moving parts of this ride." said Experience Waterloo Executive Director, Tavis Hall.
Hall added “It is important to note that this decision was not made lightly. We want to stress that the decision was made at this time because of the nature of RAGBRAI being a statewide effort. While it’s postponement was RAGBRAI’s decision, it should not preclude the other events from weighing the interest of their event and the general public’s health and well-being as they decide their own path forward. We look forward to once again celebrating our community with family and friends when safety concerns have been met.
Tavis Hall | Tavis@experiencewaterloo.com
Lindsay Pieters | firstname.lastname@example.org