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RAGBRAI L is coming to Ames

Cycling Fun and G"AMES"

2023 will be the fifth time Ames will host RAGBRAI as an overnight town, and no better timing than the 50th Anniversary!

RAGBRAI riders love to have fun and our theme “Cycling Fun and GAMES” reflect the fun we will have at the welcome events and evening entertainment on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. 

Ames route map

It’s been 5 years since Ames hosted an overnight stay, making this Century Loop Day full of beautiful views and wonderful sight-seeing opportunities. 

With 83 total miles and 1,479 feet of elevation between Carroll and Ames, you’ll be ready for a true Cyclone welcome. The proposed route has RAGBRAI riders entering Ames on South Dakota Ave. heading north, then going east on Mortensen Rd. As riders approach campus they will head north on Beach Ave. then approach Jack Trice Stadium. Cyclists will ride through the stadium concourse, exiting across the East Gateway Pedestrian Bridge. Expect fun surprises along the way!

Riders are invited to Downtown Ames after the ride for food, drink, and entertainment!

Ames RAGBRAI entertainment

Hairball poster ragbrai concert series 2023

Main Stage

  • Danny Grause – 2:00-3:00
  • Stranger Than Fiction – 3:30-5:00
  • Burnin’ Sensations  – 6:00-8:00
  • Hairball – 8:30-10:30

First National Bank Stage

  • Great Caesar’s Goat – 2:00-3:30
  • Foxpin – 4:30-6:00
  • Buckmiller/Schwager Band  – 7:00-8:30
  • The Cherrypickers – 9:00-11:00

News and updates

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Frequently asked questions

You can request housing with an Ames resident through our housing portal. We also have short-term campgrounds available for registered RAGBRAI riders, as well as a variety of hotels in the area. 

We recommend Wednesday day riders get dropped off in the Ames Sam’s Club parking lot at 305 Airport Rd. From here there is easy access to the bike trail on the north side of Airport Rd. Riders can follow the bike trail West until reaching University Boulevard where they then will go north to Mortensen Rd. The route on Wednesday morning will begin at University and Mortensen Rd.

The City of Ames will also have a designated drop off at 321 State Ave. in Ames. 

Showers are located at Brookside Park (main campground) – $8 for shower; $2 for towel, Towers North (Pork Belly) – $8 for shower; $1 for towel, Lied Rec Center – $10 (includes towel), State Gym – $10 (includes towel), Brancel Charters (Haunted Forest Campground) – $8 for shower; $2 for towel, and Furman Aquatic Center (1635 13th St) – $7 for shower

Food and drink vendors will be located at campgrounds, the welcome rally, and Downtown Ames during our festival. Many Ames businesses will also be available during this time. To see the locations of all official Ames RAGBRAI vendors and other maps visit the Ames RAGBRAI maps page.

We have designated parking for those who will be biking into Ames. Lots B1 and C1 located just north of Hilton Coliseum and the Iowa State Center. These are the yellow parking lots on this map

The beer tent will open at 2:30 p.m. on July, 25 and close at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at information booths. 

Parking for registered RAGBRAI support vehicles are located in lots G2, G4, and G8 south of Jack Trice Stadium. Short-term and mid-term parking for riders starting or ending their ride in Ames will be located at North Grand Mall. For Wednesday day riders, park in lot B1 and C1 north of Hilton and Scheman. 

Monday, July 24

CLOSED: Main Street, from Clark to Douglas avenues – closes at 4 pm

Tuesday, July 25

CLOSED: Main Street, from Clark to Douglas avenues

CLOSED: US 30 ramps at South Dakota

CLOSED: South Dakota, south of the Mortensen Road intersection; OPEN: South Dakota, north of the Mortensen Road intersection

CLOSED: Mortensen from Pinion Drive east to Ash Avenue

RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS: Mortensen from Pinion Drive west to South Dakota (Right turn only at Pinion; Left turn only at Coconino)

OPEN: Mortensen west of South Dakota

CLOSED: Sixth Street, University to Brookridge

CLOSED: South Fourth Street, University to South Hazel

Wednesday, July 26 – Until 10 am

CLOSED: Main Street, from Clark to Douglas avenues

CLOSED: US 30 ramps at South Dakota

CLOSED: South Dakota, south of the Mortensen Road intersection; OPEN: South Dakota, north of the Mortensen Road intersection

CLOSED: Mortensen from Pinion Drive east to Ash Avenue

RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS: Mortensen from Pinion Drive west to South Dakota (Right turn only at Pinion; Left turn only at Coconino)

OPEN: Mortensen west of South Dakota

CLOSED: Sixth Street, University to Brookridge

CLOSED: South Fourth Street, University to South Hazel

Residents in west Ames along Mortensen Road between South Dakota Avenue and Seagrave Boulevard will have two access points to Mortensen Road. Residents on the northside of Mortensen Road will have right turn only access off Pinion Drive to Mortensen Road to South Dakota. Residents on the southside of Mortensen Road will access the temporary traffic signal at Coconino Road. This will allow motorists to turn west (left) onto Mortensen Road to South Dakota.

Residents who live close to Mortensen Road and Beach will be able to turn west on Mortensen at Beach and reach Ash Avenue. Ash Avenue will be open for north traffic only.

A temporary traffic signal at Mortensen and Hayward will allow those living near Gateway Hills Park Drive to enter and exit via the Hansen Learning Center.

A temporary traffic signal at Bluestem will allow residents to access Mortensen west to Ash Avenue to travel north.

CLOSED: South Fourth Street, University to South Hazel

The restrooms at Brookside Park are closed because they were not designed to handle large volumes of campers. Portable showers, toilets, and handwashing stations will be provided.

Three shuttle routes will be provided with a drop off/pickup downtown on the south side of the Community Center (515 Clark Avenue). For the full shuttle route and other maps visit the Ames RAGBRAI maps page.

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