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RAGBRAI riders celebrate riding their bicycles across the state.
Courtesy of the State Historical of Iowa


Every year at the end of July, thousands of bicycle riders from around the world travel to Iowa to participate in the Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa, RAGBRAI. Riders begin the ride somewhere on the western border of Iowa on the Missouri River and spend the next week riding across the state to reach the Mississippi River.

Source-Dependent Questions

  • Based on this image where would you infer these riders are? What context clues helped you decide? 
  • What might draw people from other countries to Iowa to ride a bike across the state?
  • How do events like RAGBRAI help contribute to Iowa's identity?Use any background information you already know to construct a theory.