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The results are in from Des Moines and eight cities across Iowa were just announced to be stops along the 2014 Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

The Quad Cities won't be visited by RAGBRAI this year, but there are a few new cities that have never been visited by the ride. 

It will all start in Rock Valley, which is one of those new towns that has never had RAGBRAI pass through it in it's 42 years.

Next on the route is Okoboji, Emmetsburg and Forest City. Halfway through bicyclists will go through Mason City, then Waverly and Independence. 

Riders will end their journey in Guttenburg, a small town with a population of almost 2,000 people. This is the fifth time RAGBRAI has been to Guttenburg. 

QC Visitor and Conventions Bureau President Joe Taylor said he's disappointed that the Quad Cities won't be on the route this time. He said when the ride has ended here in the past, the area has seen a nice boost in tourism and business.

Taylor was at the announcement party in Des Moines tonight, hoping to hear that Davenport would play host again as it did in 2011. Now, he says there's always next year. 

"To come back to Davenport that quickly, that would have been something extraordinary," said Taylor. "We'll try again, I'm sure to get RAGBRAI to end in Davenport and the Quad Cities again."

Taylor said Davenport will still be represented in the ride. Carter LeBeau was a Davenport local who rode in the RAGBRAI almost every year. On July 25th during the ride this year, participants will wear red and white striped socks to remember him. 

LeBeau passed away last year in 2013. Taylor said the proceeds from the sock sales will benefit several Rotary Clubs. 

The ride will start on July 20th and end on the 26th. More than 20,000 bicyclists are expected to take part this year. 

 

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