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July 25, 2018 Cities ready for RAGBRAI Friday
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The cities of Wellman, Kalona and Riverside are making final preparations for RAGBRAI.

The annual bike trek across Iowa wheels through the area on Friday as part of the day’s route from Sigourney to Iowa City.

The cities have been planning for the influx of thousands of cyclists for months.


Riders will be coming into Wellman from the south on Ginkgo Road, then turn right onto Second Street, then left up Eighth Avenue to Highway 22.

Vendors will be on Eighth Avenue between Second and Fourth streets.

Street closings will begin on Wednesday, according to Mayor Ryan Miller.

The city will be closing down Third Street from Eighth Avenue to the alley on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Third Street closing will expand to the area between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

Friday, Second and Fourth streets from Seventh to Ninth avenues will be closed.

“The city parking lot will be open during RAGBRAI, as well as South Park for residents who will be coming downtown,” Miller said.


Kalona is the designated meeting town on Friday, where riders and support vehicles can connect.

Riders will come into Kalona from Wellman on Highway 22, turning south on Highway 1, then east on B Avenue into downtown.

At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, the city will close B Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets, Fourth Street between B and C avenues, and Fifth Street from A Place to C Avenue.

Vendors will be primarily located on B Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.

There will be a music stage set up on the corner of Fourth Street and B Avenue.

Friday parking for volunteers and downtown employees will be available at Mid-Prairie East Elementary School with shuttle service available.


In Riverside, riders will be routed south of Highway 22, then along River Street.

Vendors and activities will be set up in and around Hall Park. Live music will be performed on the Hall Park stage.

There will be law enforcement controlling traffic access to side streets, and Ella Street will be closed.

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