RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 43rd year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. The route averages 468 miles, changes every year, and is not necessarily flat. It begins somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River. Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as “host” communities for overnight stays.
RAGBRAI features thousands of bicycles, corn, camping, whoopie pie, corn dogs, slip n slides, grandma's pie, beer, mechanical bulls, fun in the sun, and maybe a few warm rain showers too. It's spring break for adults!
The ride takes place from July 23rd to 29th, but plan on traveling to Iowa on July 21st, and traveling home on July 30th.
The route for RAGBRAI XLV is starting to take shape. Click HERE to check out this year's overnight towns.
Total mileage: 411.4 (3rd-shortest RAGBRAI journey); 13,078 total feet of climbing for the entire 7 days (3rd-flattest); difficulty of ride: rated 3rd-easiest RAGBRAI.
Email your questions about RAGBRAI to email@example.com
It is time to register for the ride!
Go to RAGBRAI.com and create a user account (don't forget to write down your user name and password).
After activating your account (you'll receive an email from RAGBRAI with a link), log in at RAGBRAI.com and click "Register for Ride"
Join our GROUP "SF Tri Club aka Team Bonjour Kitty"
Proceed to register as a "Weeklong Rider," sign the waiver, pay $175 fee. You should receive confirming emails that you have joined the group, paid, etc.
TBK will ride all 7 days. It is possible to ride fewer days, but you'll need to arrange mid-week logistics (leaving the ride, getting to an airport, etc.)
Don't worry if your summer plans are uncertain. You can get a refund before 5/15/17 (less $25) or sell your spot even later. Late transfers are allowed.
You don't need a vehicle pass.
DEADLINE - the application period closes on April 1st. I plan to close the group on 2/28 after a final warning.
Route Announcement is in January 2017. Once the route is known, we can plan for air travel, first and last night hotels, etc.
Friday 7/21/17 - fly to city closest to ride start (ex. Omaha, Nebraska)
Saturday 7/22/17 - test ride; dip rear bike tire in Missouri river; go to ride expo, set up camp with charter service (Pork Belly Ventures), pre-party, concert
Sunday 7/23/17 through Saturday 7/29/17 - ride across Iowa, costumes, corn, pie, beer, pork chops, root beer floats, etc.
Saturday 7/29/17 - arrive in last town, dip front bike tire in Mississippi river; transfer to airport near end of ride; overnight in hotel; victory dinner.
Sunday 7/30/17 - fly home
This is RAGBRAI in a nutshell