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  • Bob Steenson
  • Sat January 21 2017
  • Posted Feb 25, 2017
Hordes of hungry, thirsty, party-ready bike riders will spend three nights in North Iowa this summer as three communities were selected as overnight stops for RAGBRAI.

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa will stop in Algona, Clear Lake and Charles City as it winds its way from the Missouri River to the Mississippi. It will also ride through several more communities between those stops.

In 2010 the bike ride also stopped in those three North Iowa cities. The exact route this year will be announced in March.

Both Clear Lake and Charles City had planned to have city representatives in Des Moines Saturday night for the route announcement party.

"If Charles City has an opportunity to be announced as a RAGBRAI community, we'd like to be down there to support that and share that experience," Charles City Administrator Steve Diers told the Globe Gazette on Wednesday. "But I have no idea of it's going to happen or not," he said.

Clear Lake Mayor Nelson Crabb, Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Callanan and City Administrator Scott Flory also planned to attend Saturday's ceremony.

"Nobody knows ahead of time until they announce it whether you're going to be a host community or not," Algona City Administrator Curt Wiseman said last week. "I guess we're just waiting until then to hear."

Algona did not plan to have representatives at the announcement.

The 45th annual bike ride route will begin Sunday, July 23, in Orange City and end Saturday, July 29, in Lansing.

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