RAGBRAI officials have published the route cyclists will take as they ride from Centerville to Fairfield on July 25.
The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa will depart from Centerville that morning heading east on Highway 2, passing through West Grove, Bloomfield, Troy and Lebanon before turning north on V64. It will travel through Leando, Douds and Libertyville before reaching Fairfield.
The total distance that day will be 65.9 miles, with a total climb of 2,328 feet.
Two more days of the journey are left to be announced. Of the five days released so far, the fifth day, the one leading into Fairfield, is the second longest. The longest is the fourth day from Indianola to Centerville, a distance of 84.3 miles with 3,252 feet of climb.
The overnight towns along the route are Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington and Keokuk. The total distance is 427 miles, and total feet of climb 14,735.
The route from Fairfield to Burlington will be released Friday, and the route from Burlington to Keokuk will be released Saturday.
Terry Baker, assistant director of the Fairfield Visitors Bureau, said the RAGBRAI committee has not released the specific roads the cyclists will take into Fairfield, information that will be released later.
“That will determine where we set up a welcome area,” she said. “It will also affect public safety because we want to make sure the roads are in good condition to get the riders into and out of town safely.”
Baker said each town along the route will be in charge of setting up food booths or any other festivities for the riders.
“I imagine those towns will be excited to have RAGBRAI come through,” she said. “It will probably be the most tourists they’ve ever had.”
Baker said a group of cyclists will ride the route several weeks before RAGBRAI itself in search of safety concerns.