RAGBRAI is delighted to announce its new journey director: Dieter Drake, who brings with him greater than 15 years of aggressive and non-competitive biking tournament enjoy.

With a specialization in technical biking tournament manufacturing that incorporates journey excursions, leisure occasions, charitable rides and newbie {and professional} competitions, Drake maximum lately served as president of Anthem Sports activities Excursions, an organization he based in 2015.

Drake took his level in mechanical engineering and implemented it to race and journey logistics and execution. He has directed greater than 100 biking occasions the place he fascinated with technical operations, execution, staffing, tourism and course making plans. Maximum lately, he owned, promoted and operated Excursion of the Battenkill, Excursion of the Catskills and Cycle Chile.

“Bicycling and organizing biking occasions are my passions and I am venerated to have the option to be part of this nice custom in Iowa,” says Drake. “I recognize the neighborhood that has been constructed round this tournament and the eagerness Iowans have for it and sit up for doing my phase to maintain it.”

Drake recently lives out of doors of Colorado Springs, Colorado together with his spouse Amy and their seven youngsters, ages 22 to a few. They are going to relocate to Iowa for this chance.

“Our circle of relatives is taking a look ahead to being part of RAGBRAI and shifting to Iowa,” mentioned Drake. “We’ve frolicked visiting the county gala’s once we lived in short in Minnesota and will’t wait to peer extra of the state and meet extra folks.” 

Drake’s reliable get started date with RAGBRAI will probably be Monday, December 16.

RAGBRAI could also be happy to announce that Wes Corridor, assistant director of RABGRAI from 2007-2013, has signed on as a logistics marketing consultant for RAGBRAI XLVIII. Corridor will paintings intently with Drake and lend his experience and time at the total operational technique, the town conversation, tournament timeline, and course making plans.

Along with the brand new hires, the native group that has led RAGBRAI during the transition will proceed to serve the journey. That group comprises:

Anne Lawrie, senior advertising and marketing supervisor who stepped in as meantime director, will proceed her function as senior advertising and marketing supervisor. Lawrie has been with the Des Moines Sign in and RAGBRAI in different capacities for the previous 5 years. Previous to that, she drove tourism and tournament advertising and marketing for Hershey’s Chicago and American Lady Position Chicago.

Suzanne Milosevich, RAGBRAI ingenious director, oversees the RAGBRAI emblem. She is the clothier at the back of the yearly emblems, products, advertising and marketing items and total emblem technique. Milosevich has labored on RAGBRAI since 2012 and has been with the Sign in in more than a few advertising and marketing roles for 26 years.

Madison Stegman, products and customer support coordinator. She manages products stock, order success and website online construction, along side registration fulfilment and cargo right through height season. Stegman has been with RAGBRAI for 5 years.

Nic Lovan, registration coordinator. He handles fulfilment and cargo right through height season. Lovan has been with RAGBRAI® for 2 years.


RAGBRAI is the oldest, biggest and longest leisure traveling bicycle journey on this planet. Began in 1973 by way of Des Moines Sign in newshounds John Karras and Donald Kahl, RAGBRAI is a seven-day bicycle excursion that is going from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River with stops in in a single day cities alongside the best way.   One of the vital biggest tourism occasions within the nation, a 2008 learn about by way of the College of Northern Iowa estimate RAGBRAI’s financial affect between $24 million to $25 million for the weeklong journey.

Registration for RAGBRAI XLVIII is open at Ragbrai.com/registration.

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