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  • July 03, 2024 2 min read

    Celebrate Iowa’s big ride with this one-of-a-kind collaboration between RAGBRAI and Bozz Prints. This year, RAGBRAI teamed up with the designers at Bozz Prints to create a collection of t-shirts, prints, stickers and postcards inspired by this year’s route. After working with community members and leaders of each overnight town, an original design was created for Glenwood, Red Oak, Atlantic, Winterset, Knoxville, Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Burlington.

    “We’ve been wanting to work with RAGBRAI for years," Bozz Prints owner John Bosley said. “We are incredibly grateful to RAGBRAI for allowing us to be the first team of local artists to design merchandise. But not only that, we are incredibly proud of the fact that these products will directly impact the communities themselves.”

    A portion of the proceeds from this collection will go directly to the RAGBRAI Community Fund. Contributions go to support nonprofit organizations recommended by the eight host communities and the Air Force Cycling Team, a nonprofit organization driven by integrity, service, and excellence. RAGBRAI would not be possible without the cities and towns that open their doors for this annual event. The Community Fund acts as a thank you and ensures that RAGBRAI leaves a positive impact long after the ride through. The Bozz Prints and RAGBRAI collection has already raised thousands of dollars for the Community Fund.

    “One of the best parts of the job is creating Iowa art for Iowans,” designer Jacob Rempfer said. “It can sometimes be difficult to capture the uniqueness and spirit of each town. During this project, we were fortunate enough to collaborate with members of the communities to create a design that accurately reflects their small-town charm.”

    The Glenwood design features the mere elevation of the Loess Hills. For Red Oak, the design depicts the moment riders first see their big orange water tower. Atlantic’s design features one of the nature trails that surrounds the town, with nods at a popular soda company. The Winterset design pays homage to the famous Covered Bridges of Madison County. Knoxville’s design is rooted in the town’s deep racing history and takes inspiration from old racing t-shirts. For Ottumwa, located along the Des Moines River, a cyclist takes a break along the trail admiring the Jefferson Street Bridge. Mt. Pleasant’s popular Central Park Fountain was the inspiration for their design. Finally, the Burlington design features cyclists on Snake Alley, possibly Iowa’s curviest street.

    All items in the RAGBRAI and Bozz Prints collection are available now. Find them online at bozzprints.com or in-store in Historic Valley Junction at 215 5th St. West Des Moines.