UNleash All Council Bluffs Has to Offer at RAGBRAI 2019

The Council Bluffs RAGBRAI planning committee has announced Council Bluffs’ theme and launched their website for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) 2019. The website, www.ragbraicb.com, and theme builds on the city’s UNlike Anywhere Else campaign, asking the community to “UNleash Council Bluffs” for its biking visitors.

The website includes information for residents, riders, and prospective vendors and will release more details as the event draws nearer. Riders can find hotel information and a contact for housing requests while residents can reach out to the planning committee to volunteer or host riders.

 “We want RAGBRAI riders to experience what makes Council Bluffs UNlike anywhere else,” Ashley Kruse, co-chair of the hospitality, publicity, and web and social media RAGBRAI Council Bluffs planning committees, said. “What better way to do that than to ‘UNleash’ Council Bluffs, the full local experience, for them? This is exactly what our UNlike Anywhere Else image campaign exists to be: a sharing of our community values and all there is to enjoy here in Council Bluffs.”

This will be the 47th year of the seven-day bike ride that attracts an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 riders from around the country and the world. This year’s route starts in Council Bluffs with overnight stays in Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, and Burlington, ending in Keokuk. RAGBRAI 2019 begins on July 21 with many riders arriving in Council Bluffs on July 19 and 20.

An expo, open to RAGBRAI riders and all metro area residents and visitors, will be held on Saturday, July 20 featuring entertainment by Taxi Driver and the Polka Police with other activities throughout the afternoon and evening. On Sunday, July 21, residents can cheer on riders along the 100 Block as they head out on their seven-day ride.

As RAGBRAI draws near, the planning committee asks that we share our UN-ness, showing visitors an UNforgettable time, whether that be a picnic in Bayliss Park, “bobbing” on Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, or dining on the 100 Block.

We’re asking our community to think about what Council Bluffs means to them. What makes it UNlike anywhere else? What makes it home?

Is it our citizens’ can-do attitude? Is it our 150-year history with the Transcontinental Railroad? Is it our flourishing restaurant scene? Is it our 41-miles of continuous trails? What makes Council Bluffs UNforgettable?

Council Bluffs, what’s your UNlike Anywhere Else story? In the lead up to RAGBRAI, let’s share why we call Council Bluffs home, our place of work, or a recreation destination. Share your story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #UNleashCB.

This post was originally published on April 18, 2019 on the RAGBRAI Council Bluffs blog.

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