We are just a few months away from the start of the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.
At a news conference this morning, it was was announced that the finish line for RAGBRAI will be at Marquette Street Landing in Davenport.
It’s the same day as the Bix 7 — July 28 — but Davenport believes it won’t skip a beat.
“This community is well prepared for it,” said Kyle Carter. “The city is well prepared for it. From a safety perspective, from a crowd perspective, and from a fun perspective. I think we’re really going to have our stuff together. And we’re getting good at this. “
At 428 miles It is the seventh shortest route in the ride’s history — and rated 4th easiest.
This is the third time in seven years the ride will end in Davenport after a 29-year drought. RAGBRAI previously ended in Davenport in 1973, 1982, 2011 and 2015.
The RAGBRAI dip site was unveiled Thursday, along with a logo for Davenport’s leg of the bike ride.
The specific route of the Iowa City to Quad Cities portion also was revealed, with the final push from Blue Grass starting north on Mississippi Street, then turning east on 160th and south on 110th before going east on River Drive the rest of the way to Marquette Street.
The weeklong ride ends July 28 at the Mississippi River dip site in Davenport: Marquette Street Landing.