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Young Arena a RAGBRAI Stop

By WBH, 07/25/21, 2:00PM CDT

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Ride to the Rink for Olympics Watch Party Next Wednesday

The Waterloo Black Hawks, KWWL-TV, and local RAGBRAI organizers invite cyclists to stop at the only ice rink on this year’s RAGBRAI route when riders visit the Cedar Valley next Wednesday, July 28th.
 
Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day, the rink will be open as a place to cool off from temperatures forecast to be in the 90s following the 68-mile trip between Iowa Falls and Waterloo.  KWWL is eastern Iowa’s home of broadcast coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, so Young Arena’s four-sided video scoreboard will be tuned-in to keep visitors up-to-date on the latest action.  The rink’s Coors Light Cold Zone will be open to serve those age 21 and over.  And as an added incentive, riders who stop in can claim a voucher for a free ticket to a Black Hawks game during the 2021/22 season (limit one per person).
 
RAGBRAI is the abbreviation for the [Des Moines] Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.  It is an annual, seven-day bicycle ride across the state.  By tradition, cyclists dip a tire in the Missouri River before departing and then in the Mississippi at the end of the route.  Heading into its 48th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest, and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.
 
The rink is just one of many places where RAGBRAI riders can find fun in Waterloo next Wednesday.  Much of the downtown area will be set aside for pedestrians and cyclists with free music on multiple stages from the late afternoon to 11 p.m.  An addition to an array of food vendors who will be downtown throughout the day, the entertainment area is also within walking distance of 24 restaurants and 15 bars.  For maps, music information, and more, visit experiencewaterloo.com/ragbrai.