We have heard from a number of Crate works owners that will be at this years RAGBRAI, IF you headed there its not too late to order a box and bring your Bicycle to the RAGBRAI XLIII starting on July 19,2015. Heres a article we published in the past about some of the history of Ragbrai. Enjoy!
RAGBRAI ® is a Bicycle touring event held every year since 1973 in the state or Iowa in the Central United States Of America. Started in 1973 is has grown to be the longest bicycle touring event in the world. Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Iowa, better known as RABGRAI ® started in 1974 as an idea for a Writer for the Des Moines Register to travel by bicycle across Iowa and write about what the writer saw from the bicycle vantage point. In 1973 there were very few riders in fact only 131 made it thru the whole route from Sioux City to Davenport though over 500 riders traveled on some parts of the route. In the second year 1974 the rides name was changed to SAGBRAI or the Second Annual Great bicycle ride across Iowa. On the Third year the Name RAGBRAI ® was adopted along with the Roman numeral to indicate the year of the race. Also on the third year the tradition which still continues today of dipping your bike tires in the Missouri river before the start of the ride and the Mississippi river at the end of the ride. As time as continued on the route has changed from one city to another but always beginning on the western side of Iowa and finishing on the eastern end, with the tire dipping at each end. Also the number of riders has grown from exponentially 131 the first year to 7500 in 1984 and over 25,000 today. Much more of the history of Ragbrai ® is available on the website ragbrai.com Many media outlets have covered RAGBRAI ® as well including major network media and ESPN. Also a Documentary movie called “A Million Spokes” was filmed while traveling the route and is available online and has been shown on the Documentary channel. The Crate Works Transport systems Bicycle shipping boxes are great to use when traveling to the RAGBRAI ® event. These boxes are lighter than most of the other cases and collapsible they are easier to ship ahead or check in and also easier to find room to store while you on the week long RAGBRAI ® adventure.