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"Describes the history of RAGBRAI and the communities in Iowa that have hosted the bike race across the state"-- Provided by publisher. "Launchedas a lark in 1973, RAGBRAI has developed into the world's largest, longest and oldest bicycle touring event. Thousands of cyclists from all fifty states anddozens of countries ride across Iowa for a weeklong festival. Meanwhile, tens of thousandsof hospitable Iowans welcome, feed and shelter this rolling carnival, showcasing their communities. Greg Borzo has gathered hundreds of stories that reveal the essence of this unique event. He has also gathered a lavish collection of photographs and cartoon; vintage andcontemporary; most never published before that illustrate RAGBRAI's kaleidoscopic character"-- Provided by publisher.