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    They say you never ride alone at RAGBRAI. This year, 14,000 riders daily took part in 41st Annual Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a non-competitive ride stretching across Iowa. With riders stretching out from the Missouri River to the Mississippi, life operated a bit differently than normal: bikes outnumbered cars, people were friendlier, food tasted better, and, well, life was just good.

    —Maynard Hershon

  • The Crowd

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    The Crowd

    RAGBRAI’s impact can be judged by the numbers: 14,000 riders taking to the road every day, 20,000 pork chops and 17,000 pies consumed, and a whopping $3 million in daily revenue for the towns hosting start and finish festivities.

  • Party Hard

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    Party Hard

    Numbers only tell part of the story. It’s the people who make RAGBRAI. People who partake in impromptu dance parties along the route.

  • Sticky Fingers

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    Sticky Fingers

    Flatware and plates are a formality at RAGBRAI where riders gladly skip silverware on the road.

  • Road Rash

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    Road Rash

    Somewhere in southeastern Iowa, a giant waterslide appears. Slipping and sliding away in bike shorts and club jerseys is perfectly acceptable here.

  • Roadside Assistance

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    Roadside Assistance

    RAGBRAI riders requires a lot of support, and it comes in a fairly unique form. The Nederlandse Mafia team's bus is just one example. All told, 400 plus rickety old, converted school buses supported various teams.

  • Drink and Ride

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    Drink and Ride

    Riders bellied up to numerous local taverns, where the taps never stopped flowing. Bars were full of Lycra-clad riders, even at 9:30 a.m.

  • Pit Stop

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    Pit Stop

    To accommodate a staggering number of cyclists, towns stretched metal cables by tractor to function as mobile bike racks.

  • Assembly Line

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    Assembly Line

    Throughout the week, the WD-40 BIKE tech support team worked on over 2,000 bikes—at no charge.

  • Banjo Jim

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    Banjo Jim

    Jim Zdunek entertains riders with his homemade banjo that he carries on his back throughout RAGBRAI.

  • Rituals

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    Rituals

    It's a tradition for riders to dip their rear wheels in the Missouri River on day one and their front wheels in the mighty Mississippi at ride's close.

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