GETTING READY: RAGBRAI Preparations

RAGBRAI will roll into Des Moines Tuesday for the first time in 16 years.   The city is busy putting the finishing touches on the 8.5 mile route through town.

“We, like other departments, want these riders to have an enjoyable and safe trip through the city.  To do that, we’ve inspected, patched and now are finishing our sweeping on the streets along the route,” says Des Moines Public Works director, Pat Kozitza.

Water Works Park is playing host to the thousands of RAGBRAI riders.

“We’re perfectly located right in the middle of Des Moines off the rivers. We’re really pleased to have ten thousand or more bicyclists and their guests here in the greater Des Moines area,” says Water Works CEO, Bill Stowe.

Officials are doing what they can to provide a safe and fun stopover in Des Moines.

They’re bringing in extra supplies that campers will need for their all-nighter at the park.

The Court Avenue and Walnut Street Bridges will be party central Tuesday starting at 11 a.m.

Later that night, it’s a throwback to the 90′s with bands like Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge.

The street part will end with some fireworks before the riders get some sleep and hit the road.

The next stop is Knoxville.

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