“We try to go to towns that we haven’t been to in a while or ever,” Juskiewicz said. “(Since) Tom has such RAGBRAI experience, that could weigh heavily in Camanche’s favor.”
The announcement will not be made until Jan. 25 though, so for the time being, the RAGBRAI staff is busy sifting through more than 200 entries from cities across Iowa while the city of Camanche must wait patiently for the announcement.
If the city is chosen to host the 10,000 or more bicyclists on the final night of their journey across Iowa, it could mean major revenue for Camanche businesses and an opportunity for them to showcase the river town.
Juskiewicz said this year he has seen a lot of new cities and towns putting their name into the drawing, and is excited for RAGBRAI to travel to somewhere new.
“We’ve been doing this for 41 years so if we can put some new wrinkles into it then that’s great,” Juskiewicz said. “And it’s especially attractive when there’s a new town (applying) that’s got leadership in place and good infrastructure to offer us.”