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It doesn't start for 180 days.

But the Register Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is already getting ready to announce what towns the event will go through.

And Davenport wants to be one of those towns... Again. 

RAGBRAI ended in Davenport in 2011, but the date is a conflict.

Every year, RAGBRAI ends the same day the BIX race is ran - bringing more that 50,000 people into the city at one time. 

But is it worth it?

"My answer to that is why not?" says QC Tourism Director Joe Taylor. "It was an incredible event in 2011. We showcased the Quad Cities in a tremendous way."

Taylor is in charge of bringing people and money into the QC.

One way to do that is by having 20,000 bicyclists end a four hundred mile bike ride at the banks of the Mississippi in Davenport. 

"That's huge, that's huge sports business," Taylor explains. "Sports is one of the growth areas for tourism, sports tourism. People who are active in sports tend to stay longer and come in bigger parties than the average traveler."

When RAGBRAI ended in Davenport on the same day weekend as the Bix race three years ago, it brought in nearly $3,000,000 for the local economy, according to Taylor.

"Bicyclists will be buying things like drinks, and goods, and water, and all those kinds of things."

And when asked if he though hosting RAGBRAI after so close to the last one was a good idea, Taylor said it's like leaving free money on the table, to not even try.

"I think now that Davenport broke through after not being selected for 29 years, I think we are probably going to see more rapid selections of Davenport as and end point, because we were able to prove it to the RAGBRAI community."

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