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

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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