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Davenport Ready for Bix-BRAI

City officials and BIX-BRAI organizers pose for a picture at a press conference.
City officials and BIX-BRAI organizers pose for a picture at a press conference.

Davenport is ready for the 30,000 RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) riders who will end their ride here later this month. The city is also prepared for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 Road Race.

This year's RAGBRAI is special. It's the ride's 50th anniversary.

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson says cyclists from all 50 states and 18 countries will travel 500 miles over seven days. They will arrive in the Quad Cities on Saturday, July 29th and dip their tires in the Mississippi.

"So the downtown is activated, it's always wonderful, but this is the center of the universe at the end of July—Davenport, the Quad Cities, and specifically along the river and downtown."

The arrival of the cyclists coincides with the 49th Bix 7.

"A historical, potentially, gathering of people from all around the world, as they usually do, but this one's special," he said. "49 years of running, 50 years of biking."

Organizers have been preparing for months. Activities include a celebration at the dip site at Centennial Park with live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, and free parking.

More volunteers are needed. The website is www.davenportragbrai.com.

Common Chord, Mercado on Fifth, and Quad City Arts are participating in the celebration.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.