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Cedar Rapids announces RAGBRAI theme, route and camping locations

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The Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI® Committee has announced the theme, route and camping locations for the July 26 stop.

"Survivin' the Ride: Party on the Island" will be the theme of the two-day event which will celebrate RAGBRAI's 40th Celebration.

After biking almost 360 miles across the state, riders will come into Cedar Rapids at the intersection of Covington Road and Ellis Boulevard.  Riders will continue on Ellis Boulevard and then enter downtown on First Street SW.

On Friday, riders will leave Cedar Rapids through the Czech Village on 16th Avenue SW, over the Bridge of the Lions and through the New Bohemia District on 3rd Street SE. They will use Otis Road, McCarthy Road, Memorial Drive and Mount Vernon Road SE to exit Cedar Rapids on their way to Anamosa.

Residents are asked to be patient with street closures and traffic delays along the route.  While most bicycle traffic will be along the marked route, bicyclists will travel throughout the community and drivers need to be on alert.

Three camping areas will be set up for registered riders.  They will be at:

• Ellis Park, also known as The Orange Tribe – 32.3 acres, 3.2 miles from May's Island, accommodates 9,000 campers. This is designated as the main Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI campground.

• Cherry Hill Park, also known as The Green Tribe – 36.1 acres, 4.75 miles from May's Island, accommodates 6,000 campers.

• Veterans Memorial Park & Cleveland Park, jointly known as The Blue Tribe – 10 acres, 1.4 miles from May's Island, accommodates 1,500 campers and up to 500 RVs.

Campground reservations will be available online at www.CedarRapidsRAGBRAI.com after May 7.

For a map of the Cedar Rapids route and campgrounds, visit http://cedarrapidsragbrai.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/CR-Ragbrai-Route-Map.pdf.

Some riders also look for private camping or home stays in overnight host cities.  If you are interested in providing parking for motor homes, space for tents, floor space, beds, and/or bathroom facilities, sign up at www.CedarRapidsRAGBRAI.com.  Hosts are not required to transport or feed the riders, and are not allowed to charge for accommodations.

There will also be road closures for the Counting Crows concert on Thursday night.  The stage will be located on 1st Street SE, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues SE, near the Alliant Energy tower. The entire concert venue will include May's Island and the 2nd and 3rd Avenue bridges.

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