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Dieter Drake to become director of RAGBRAI

Published December 2, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — A month and a half after its previous director and staff resigned and launched their own event, organizers of the Register's Great Annual Ride Across Iowa have appointed a new director, Dieter Drake.

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Drake is best known as the founder of New York's Tour of the Battenkill, a pioneering gravel road race. More recently, Drake's company, Anthem Sports, licensed the Tour of Colorado trademark from Sand Creek Sports and planned a series of gravel events under the Tour of Colorado name. 

Additionally, Anthem organizes bike tours, primarily in southern Chile. All told, Drake said he has organized over 100 bike events and races in his career.

The 2020 RAGBRAI will run July 19-25, going west to east across the state.

Iowa's Ride, the event announced by T.J. Juskiewicz after he resigned as RAGBRAI's director, no longer is in direct conflict RAGBRAI. Iowa's Ride is now scheduled to run July 12-18 and run east to west across Iowa. 

Topics associated with this article: Racing & Sponsorship, Consumer Expos and Rides

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