The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa starts this weekend and riders can look forward to a host of events in the coming days as they roll east.
The State Historical Museum opened an exhibit Friday celebrating RAGBRAI and 150 years of biking history in Iowa.
The exhibit is called Riding through History and will feature nearly 200 objects, including items from the first ride in 1973. There are also tributes to all the treats along the way, including a Mr. Pork Chops Apron.
Costumes and signs that teams and towns donated or loaned will also feature in the exhibit.
“You get teams like Team Whiners from Michigan that has been riding since the 1970’s. They’ve got the Michigan map on there. Their slogan is fork more pork,” says Leo Landis, Museum Curator for the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
Riders wanting to take a break from the heat as they pass through Des Moines can check out the exhibit on Tuesday. The museum will host a Pedapalooza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food and live music and the event is open to the public.
Before their stop in Des Moines, RAGBRAI riders will stop by Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines.
The theme of Valley Junction’s event is Totally Tubular Tuesday.
Organizers say they are expecting 20,000 to 30,000 people to come through. One of those riders is expected to be Lance Armstrong.
According to the RAGBRAI website, Armstrong is planning to be in Council Bluffs on Saturday for the pre-ride expo along with staff from his bike shop. He’s expected to ride at least three days on a route that would take him to Des Moines.
It will be his first major ride after admitting to doping in January of 2013.
Police say there will be some traffic changes as riders go through the metro. Cyclists will be entering the metro from Railroad Avenue in West Des Moines.
They’ll then head downtown to stay at Water Works Park.
The riders will pedal out of Des Moines early Wednesday morning.