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Best Iowa Cycling Events 2024

Best Iowa Cycling Events 2024

Throngs of riders in RAGBRAI

Iowa, with its lush landscapes and welcoming communities, is a hidden gem for cycling enthusiasts, offering a variety of road, gravel, and mountain bike events that cater to all levels of riders. The state's scenic byways, quiet country roads, and challenging trails make it an ideal destination for those looking to explore the beauty of the Midwest on two wheels. Events like RAGBRAI, Glenwood Super Bloom, and the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra highlight Iowa's commitment to the cycling community, providing unforgettable experiences that blend physical challenge with the joy of exploration.  Strambecco rates the Best Iowa Cycling Events 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event's or race's uniqueness. Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review special and noteworthy events, spanning Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike events and races.

RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) stands out as a signature event, now in its 50th year, drawing cyclists from across the globe. This eight-day journey across the state is more of a rolling festival than a race, with daily routes averaging around 500 miles. Participants ride from Sioux City to Davenport, traversing rolling hills and enjoying overnight stops in welcoming host towns that offer food, shelter, and entertainment. This event is celebrated for its community spirit and the breathtaking landscapes of Iowa that it showcases.

The Glenwood Super Bloom, a women's gravel cycling event in Glenwood, Iowa, is recognized for its challenging courses and the camaraderie it fosters among participants. The event's routes are carefully designed to highlight the region's gravel roads, featuring a mix of climbs, descents, and winding trails. It's celebrated for its physical challenges and empowering atmosphere, encouraging more women to take up gravel cycling. The event stands out for its inclusivity, drawing a diverse group of cyclists, from seasoned riders to newcomers, all looking to share in the adventure.

The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra in St. Charles, Iowa, offers a unique challenge for gravel cycling enthusiasts. This self-supported race takes riders through the beautiful terrains of South Central Iowa, with options for 35, 70, or 175 miles. The event is known for its rugged course, featuring hills, small towns, and "B roads" that test riders' endurance and navigation skills. It emphasizes the spirit of adventure and self-reliance, with participants responsible for their navigation and support across this challenging landscape.

These events and others across the state highlight Iowa's rich cycling culture and the diverse opportunities it offers for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're looking for a week-long journey across the state, a challenging gravel grind, or a supportive women's event, Iowa's cycling events deliver memorable experiences against the state's natural beauty. For more information on these events, visit Strambecco's website for RAGBRAI, Glenwood Super Bloom, and the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra.   If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please contact us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.  Strambecco also rates the Midwest's best Road, Gravel, MTB events, races, and experiences.

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RAGBRAI (Ride Across Iowa) 2024

Updated June 27, 2024 — The RAGBRAI (Ride Across Iowa) is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, an eight-day ride across the state. Coming on its 50th year, RAGBRAI is…

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Glenwood Superbloom 2024

Last Updated February 17, 2024 The Glenwood Superbloom Women's Gravel Cycling Event is a thrilling and empowering experience that celebrates the spirit of women in the world of cycling. Nestled in the…
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Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra 2024

Last updated April 4, 2024 Nestled in the serene landscapes of St. Charles, Iowa, the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra is more than a race; it is an odyssey through the picturesque terrains…
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