Official Campsites Identified

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The official campgrounds for the 2015 RAGBRAI are at Chris Larson Park along the riverfront just south of Sioux City’s downtown, and Riverside Park on the city’s west side. View the maps below for more details.

Both parks are located on the city’s bicycle trail, and are accessible via bike and automobile.

Both locations have availability for thousands of cyclists, and there will be information booths located at both parks.

 

Important Safety Information:

The Missouri River is a very dangerous body of water with an average of 1 person losing their life each year in the river near Sioux City.  The river is extremely fast and has several snags and places with strong undertow.  No one should ever attempt to swim in this river without a life jacket on.  Please stay clear of the river bank and the river for your safety.

The bicycle dip site is in a location with minimal current and should not pose any problem for dipping the back tire.  Please do not venture out on the dock or attempt to dip your tire at any other site other than the designated dip site.

 

Chris Larsen Park Campgrounds

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Riverside Park Campgrounds

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Cook Park Campgrounds

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Sponsors needed for RAGBRAI

Sioux City are businesses are being asked to help sponsor RAGBRAI, to cover the costs of hosting this massive event in mid July.

Companies who sponsor the nation’s largest bicycle ride, which is starting in Sioux City for the seventh time in its 43-year history, get T-shirts, tickets to Huey Lewis & the News and recognition on the official RAGBRAI Sioux City website, among other things.

VIP tickets will be available to sponsors of the Sioux City RAGBRAI event, which includes this concert. Please contact Melissa Lanzourakis or call 712-224-6423 for details.

Download the official RAGBRAI Sponsorship Brochure here.

Huey Lewis and The News to Kickoff RAGBRAI in Sioux City

Huey Lewis and The News to Kickoff RAGBRAI in Sioux City

 

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The Sioux City RAGBRAI Committee announced that Huey Lewis and The News will be the featured entertainment on Saturday, July 18 in the Tyson Event Center parking lots, the day before the ride departs from Sioux City to Davenport.

RAGBRAI participants will be admitted free into the concert by showing their RAGBRAI wristbands. Guest tickets are on sale now for $20.

The Grammy Award-winning band is truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 36th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling more than 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.

The group has written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square”, “Do You Believe In Love”, and “Workin’ For a Livin’”. The band also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love”, nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide.

Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).

VIP tickets will be available to sponsors of the Sioux City RAGBRAI event, which includes this concert. Please contact Melissa Lanzourakis or call 712.224.6423 for details.

RAGBRAI seeking food vendors

The RAGBRAI committee is seeking food vendors to sell food to the thousands of expected visitors for the 2015 bicycle ride, which rolls into town on July 17-18, and leaves  the morning of July 19 its week-long ride east across the state of Iowa.

Vendors can be local or chain restaurants, or non-profit groups looking for a great fund-raiser.

Vendors will set up booths near the RAGBRAI expo, which attracts dozens of vendors displaying and selling bicycles, equipment, clothing, new technology and more, all related to cycling and active lifestyles.

Download and complete this RAGBRAI food vendor form.

Sioux City RAGBRAI Theme: Party Like it’s 1973

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Sioux City’s theme and logo have been selected for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

“Party Like It’s 1973” is the official Sioux City theme and will be used in numerous marketing and promotional campaigns to generate excitement and awareness about the event.

RAGBRAI is the largest and oldest bike touring event in the country. Its original tour started in Sioux City in 1973 with an estimated 300 people and with this year’s event estimated to bring 20,000 people to the Sioux City area, it’s bound to be a party.

The theme and logo were selected by Sioux City’s Publicity Committee and the logo was created and donated by JD Gordon Creative Labs.

Equipped with a banana seat bicycle, retro feel, and encompassing the fun atmosphere of RAGBRAI, this year’s logo and theme will take riders back to 1973 when songs like “Let’s Get It On” and “Crocodile Rock” topped the Billboard charts, bell bottoms were all the craze, and the film, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was born.

RAGBRAI riders to travel Hamilton to Outer Drive, then east to Leeds

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The route bikers will take to leave Sioux City this summer has been planned for the 43rd annual RAGBRAI event (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa™).

As the ride starts in Sioux City July 19, participants will start at the riverfront near the Hilton Garden Inn, and dip their rear tires in the Missouri River as a symbol to the start of the journey. Riders will dip their front tire in the Mississippi River when they reach the ending destination, Davenport, later in the week.

Once leaving the Missouri riverfront, bikers will head north on Hamilton Boulevard, riding all the way through town to Outer Drive on the far north side of Sioux City, where they will head east, connecting with 41st Street, and end up on Floyd Boulevard where participants will travel through Leeds, on their way to the next stop, Kingsley.

Leeds will be considered a pass-­through town on the RAGBRAI route, offering riders an opportunity to fuel up on their way to the next pass-through town.

Businesses and homeowners all over Sioux City will showcase their properties during the RAGBRAI event, but possibly few will be more visible than the locations featured along the official route out of town.

Business and homeowners are encouraged to cheer riders on Sunday morning, July 19, as they leave the Sioux City community.

Sioux City served as the starting location for RAGBRAI the first time the ride was held 43 years ago. RAGBRAI is the largest and oldest bike touring event in the country, and is expected to draw more than 20,000 overnight visitors to Sioux City.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is Welcoming Sponsor

HRHS_SiouxCity_LogoHard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has signed on as this year’s RAGBRAI® Welcoming Sponsor, the City’s Events & Facilities Department announced.

“The partnership between our team, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, is a natural fit for this year’s RAGBRAI Kick-Off Party,” said Erika Newton, Sioux City’s Events & Facilities Department Executive Director. “With the bulk of the activities concentrated at the Tyson Events Center, and neighboring Pearl Street, it makes sense to coordinate our activities as much as possible to provide attendees with a RAGBRAI send-off they won’t soon forget.”

“Being this year’s Welcoming Sponsor for RAGBRAI is so exciting for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City,” said General Manager Todd Moyer. “If there’s a weeklong party with great music, food, and friends kicking off in our town, of course we have to be a part of it. We want to make sure everyone has a great time while they’re here in Sioux City, and we couldn’t be more excited to join the party in this way.”

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City will present Collective Soul at their newly redeveloped outdoor Battery Park on Friday, July 17th, in an effort to draw more people to Sioux City a day early.

The Tyson Events Center will host the official RAGBRAI Kick-Off Party on Saturday, July 18, in the arena’s parking lots, culminating with a concert by the iconic Huey Lewis & The News. Tickets are on sale now at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, online at TysonCenter.com, or by calling 800-514-3849.

Tickets are $15 if purchased by Memorial Day, May 25, and $20 after that date.

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