Sioux City RAGBRAI® Major Sponsors Announced

Sioux City RAGBRAI® Major Sponsors Announced


SIOUX CITY, Iowa RAGBRAI®  will start its journey in Sioux City on Saturday, July 18th, with a kick-off party hosted at the Tyson Events Center, featuring Huey Lewis & The News.

The following area businesses are contributing to RAGBRAI’s success in Sioux City.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City – Welcoming Sponsor

Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) – Main Stage Sponsor

Wells Enterprises – Party Booth Sponsor

Palmer Candy – Party Booth Sponsor

Mercy Medical Center – First Aid Stations Sponsor

State Steel – Recycling Sponsor

Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors – Information Booth Sponsor

Sue Bee Honey – Main Gate Sponsor

Jolly Time Popcorn – “I Love Bike Shorts” Sponsor

Great Southern Bank – Dip Site Sponsor

Great West Casualty Company – Dip Site Sponsor

Several businesses are providing items to the RAGBRAI Kick-Off event free of charge, including: RockTenn, Team Creative Fire, JD Gordon Creative Labs, SignPro, Diamond Vogel, and Absolute Screen Art.

Media sponsors for this year’s event include: KTIV, KCAU, KMEG/KPTH, CableOne, Powell Broadcasting, I Heart Media, WNAX, Avery Brothers, and the Sioux City Journal.

RAGBRAI is the largest and oldest bike-touring event in the country, with its original tour starting in Sioux City in 1973.  For more information on Sioux City’s RAGBRAI event go to, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @SCRagbrai.


MISSION STATEMENT: Through exciting activities, Sioux City will host a memorable, safe start to RAGBRAI, while offering riders a fun and enjoyable experience.

Infographic: RAGBRAI Need to Know

Infographic: RAGBRAI Need to Know

The days are long and the hills are many, but Iowa’s great bike ride, RAGBRAI, is massively popular among cyclists, who travel from around the world to participate. Want to know more about the ride? Here is some fun facts about the ride, which rolls out of Sioux City on Sunday, July 19. Infographic by Rachel Eisenbraun/Sioux City Now. Used with Permission by Sioux City Now. 


Paint like it’s 1973!

Paint like it’s 1973!

Join us at the Sioux City Art Center this weekend for a FREE painting event.

On Sunday, June 28th, we will be painting recycled bikes, which will be used to decorate Sioux City during RAGBRAI.

The event goes from 1p – 4p, and the paint is supplied.

We hope to see you there!

RAGBRAI Paint Like It's 1973

Sioux City RAGBRAI® Announces Art Contest Winners

Sioux City RAGBRAI® Announces Art Contest Winners


The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa™ (RAGBRAI) will start its 43rd tour in Sioux City in 2015, and in preparation for the festivities, RAGBRAI sponsored a Kids’ Art Contest for the route communities.

Students in grades k-5 that attend Sioux City Community Schools, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, St. Paul Lutheran and Siouxland Community Christian School were asked to participate by submitting individual artwork that incorporates Sioux City’s theme – Sioux City: Party Like It’s 1973!

One local winner was submitted into the statewide contest through which an overall winner will receive a grand prize of $350!

Today, the Sioux City RAGBRAI committee announced the art contest winners at each level. Winners received a $10 gift card to Palmer’s Candy Company:

  • 6 Year Old – Madalyn Johnson from Clark Elementary
  • 8 Year Old – Abby Demers from Holy Cross St. Michael Center
  • 10 Year Old & Overall Winner – Jashua Grima from Loess Hills Elementary
  • 11 Year Old – Kaitlyn George from Sunnyside Elementary

Judge’s Choice – Shelby Edwardson, an 11 year old from Riverside Elementary

A number of art projects were submitted for committee consideration. “It was difficult to select one overall winner to represent Sioux City in the statewide contest,” said Kim Gordon, publicity chairperson for Sioux City’s RAGBRAI committee, adding, “but we felt Jashua beautifully depicted our theme and biking.”

All entry’s will be on display at the downtown Wilbur Aalfs Library now through the RAGBRAI ride.

Jashua Grima (below) was the overall winner and his entry will be submitted into the statewide contest. The statewide art contest winner will be announced in June.


Kids Bicycle Rodeo set for Monday at Long Lines

Sioux City’s RAGBRAI® RIDE RIGHT committee, along with the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, will host a Bicycle Rodeo on Monday, June 8th starting at 5:30 p.m., in the Long Lines Family Recreation Center’s east parking lot.

Children age kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to attend this event, which promotes bicycle safety. Albrecht Bicycle Shop will be at the event performing bicycle inspections and a limited number of helmets will be given out to children in attendance. People interested in volunteering for this event can contact Bill Lane at

RAGBRAI is the largest and oldest bike-touring event in the country, with its original tour starting in Sioux City in 1973.

Sioux City RAGBRAI Pre-ride to honor former bike club president

frank_bSioux City’s RAGBRAI® RIDE RIGHT committee will hold a pre-ride inspection of the official RAGBRAI route on Sunday, May 31, in honor of a local Sioux City man, Frank Brinkerhoff, who passed away on last year’s RAGBRAI ride near Mason City, Iowa.

The memorial ride will be led by Frank Brinkerhoff’s wife and daughter and will start at 7 a.m. at the boat ramp near the Hilton Garden Inn. The ride will end in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Transportation back from Storm Lake will be provided by the Mr. Cat’s team bus. The cost will be $10 and you must RSVP by calling Dick Billings at 712-239-0319 or by emailing The RIDE RIGHT committee conducts a pre-ride inspection of the RAGBRAI route each year to check for cracks, rough shoulders or anything else that might be dangerous to riders. Once the route has been inspected, the committee will note any potential hazards and alert the Department of Transportation to ensure any possible upgrades can be made in time for the event. This information also gets included in the Road Conditions Report that is sent to RAGBRAI.

George “Frank” Brinkerhoff was 74 when he passed away. He was an avid cyclist and enjoyed countless hours biking across the United States. Frank’s passion for cycling was evident as he was the president of Siouxland Cyclists, a cycling club founded in 1982, and promoted bicycling by giving bikes to children.

RAGBRAI T-shirt’s available now

Sioux City’s Official RAGBRAI T-shirts are on sale NOW!
Get a blue or gray adult tee for $15 or a green youth shirt for $10!. Want to see Huey Lewis & The News in your brand new T?  Pay $26 for both the concert ticket and the T-shirt!
Pick up yours today at one of the following locations:
  • Tyson Events Center box office
  • Scheels
  • Albrecht’s Bike Shop
  • Get Funky Gifts
  • Funkalicious
  • Unity Point at Home (by HyVee on Hamilton)
  • Kaleidoscope Gift Shop (Mercy Gift Shop)
  • Sioux City Gifts (Lindblades)
  • McCarthy and Bailey’s
  • Rebos
  • Drilling Pharmacy
  • Jitters
Check back for more locations, coming soon!

Wear it Wednesdays

Stop by these participating locations on Wednesdays – if you’re wearing your RAGBRAI t-shirt, you’ll get special deals!

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

  • $5 off the World Buffet
  • 25% off any FUEL sandwich
  • 10% off in the Rock Shop, excluding sundries and tickets


Unity Point at Home

  • 20% off cash item thru 7/20


Get Funky Gifts

  • Double “points” on reward card


Clyde’s Grill & Pub

  • $7 off prime rib
  • $3.50 You-Call-It Whiskey



  • 10% off food/drink purchase



  • One free carafe of Sangria



  • 15% off total food purchase



  • 20% off storewide


Drilling Pharmacy

  • 20% off gift shop item


Rick and Company

  • $50 massage for $40
  • $38.50 pedicure for $28.50
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Want to purchase a T-Shirt?

Download and send your completed order form to Paula at or call in your order at (712) 279-4844.

Hey, Businesses!

Interested in selling our shirts or offering deals for Wear it Wednesdays? Click below to download our contract.

T-Shirt Contract

Kids invited to participate in RAGBRAI coloring contest

The Des Moines Register newspaper hosts a bicycle ride across our state each year. The name of the ride, RAGBRAI®, stands for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. On July 18, thousands of people on bicycles will be visiting our town and spending the night here. Our town is sponsoring an art contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. A winner in each grade will be chosen. The winning entry in each grade will win a gift card to Palmer Candy Company.

Those selected winning entries will move on and be considered for the overall Sioux City winner. The overall Sioux City winning artwork will then be judged with all the other winning entries of other overnight towns in Iowa. The statewide grand prize is $350. We hope you can capture the fun of having thousands of bikes and people visiting our town.

The Rules:

• Sioux City’s theme, “Party Like it’s 1973” should be incorporated into the art.

• Artwork can be no larger than 11” x 14”.

• The artwork can be drawings (crayon, maker, pencil, etc.); paintings (finger paints, watercolors, etc.); or sculpture (clay, paper mache, etc.)

• All entries will be used for decoration for Sioux City’s RAGBRAI®

• Put your name, age, address, school and phone number on the back of your entry.

• Deadline for all entries is 4 p.m., Friday, May 15.

Please mail or drop off entries between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at JD Gordon Design – 312 Court St., Sioux City, IA 51101.

Download the Ragbrai Art Contest Flyer.

RAGBRAI Needs Residents to Host Riders

UPDATE: Applications for private housing are now closed. Public campgrounds are available to those who still need a place to stay.


CAMPGROUNDS: Click here to find information on campgrounds. 

More than 2,000 cyclists and their teams will need private camping or private residences to stay when they arrive in Sioux City on July 17-18 for the 43rd RAGBRAI.

The ride across Iowa takes riders from town to town, staying in overnight host towns along the way. However, many riders prefer to stay in private homes or on private property. Hosting a space for RAGBRAI gives the property owner a unique opportunity to meet people from around the United States or even from around the world.

The Sioux City RAGBRAI housing committee is looking for Volunteers to host a person/group in their home or to provide space for a tent, motorhome or RV. Hosts are not required to entertain, feed, or transport riders. The committee does request that hosts provide toilet facilities, shower, and space to sleep. RAGBRAI hosts are not allowed to charge for accommodations.

All of the vehicles and individuals who will be staying with the host are required to have a valid RAGBRAI numbered wristband or vehicle ID.


Sioux City Host-sign-up (local hosts)