Rock Valley, Iowa — The Rock Valley RAGBRAI Steering Committee has released their theme for the town’s RAGBRAI efforts this summer. The (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa — or RAGBRAI is starting in Rock Valley this year on Sunday, July 20th. Most of the several thousand riders will stay Saturday night, July 19th in Rock Valley.
Rock Valley Economic Development Director Jim VanderVelde tells us about the theme and logo.
He says they plan to continue with that construction theme throughout their festivities. He says as far as he knows, the theme is unique, and the theme wears many hats.
Rock Valley Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo says that this is the first time Rock Valley has ever hosted RAGBRAI, that’s groundbreaking in itself. Vander Velde says they’ve been doing a lot of groundbreaking in the literal sense too.
Vander Velde says Rock Valley reported a 24 percent population growth between 2000 and 2010 with 29 new homes built last year alone.
On a more personal note, Vander Velde says he’s retiring this year — on June 30th. But he will still be involved with the RAGBRAI effort all the way through.