Tama-Toledo selected as overnight RAGBRAI stop

The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa – better known as RAGBRAI – announced its 2023 route and overnight stops last Saturday, and Tama-Toledo will serve as an overnight stop on Thursday, July 27.

The two adjacent communities with a combined population of around 5,000 are easily the smallest of the overnight towns – RAGBRAI will begin in Sioux City before overnight stops in Storm Lake, Carroll, Ames, Des Moines, Tama-Toledo, Coralville and finally wrapping up in Davenport on July 29.

The last time Tama County hosted an overnight RAGBRAI stop was in 2008 with Tama-Toledo serving as the Wednesday night stopping point between overnights in Ames and North Liberty.

Prior to 2008, Tama-Toledo also served as an overnight stop in 1995, while Tama hosted alone in 1979.

2023 will mark the 50th iteration of the famous event, and the full route will be announced on March 13.

Tama County pass-through towns

Tama County communities have been RAGBRAI pass-through towns at least two dozen times over the last 50 years with every town in the county playing host at one point, according to the Iowa Highway Ends online database, except for Traer and Buckingham.

-Chelsea: 1986, 1995, 2008

-Clutier: 2012, 2004, 1986

-Dysart: 1978

-Elberon: 1994, 2004

-Garwin: 1986, 2004, 2012

-Gladbrook: 1974, 1995

-Montour: 1979, 1994, 1995, 2008

-Tama: 1994

-Toledo: 1994

-Vining: 1986, 1994, 1995, 2008