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2013 RAGBRAI route, including pass-through towns!

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Comment by Bicycle Illinois (Robert Layton) on April 9, 2014 at 2:03pm

Hi everyone, the information about our new RAGBRAI transportation service has been posted, including our logistic plans and prices!


For more information please visit


Also, make sure to check our Updates page frequently at, particularly as the starting and ending towns finalize their main campground and charter staging locations.


Registration will be opening soon. If you have any questions or need any additional information in the meantime, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thanks!



Comment by Waymond Smith on March 27, 2014 at 8:52pm

WOOHOO!! Finished`my registration today! Come on Lottery!

Comment by Kathy Schubert 'n Suzy Schnauzer on March 24, 2014 at 2:10pm

This will be my 15th RAGBRAI and I have always paid the fee because it's the right thing to do.  You are covered by the Register's insurance and they will transport your baggage and the SAG wagon is free for registered riders.

If we didn't have "pirates" perhaps the portapotties wouldn't have such long lines and perhaps there would still be lasagna left at the churches by the time I get there.

I have travelled to Iowa in various ways and I will use Robert Layton's service ( this year because he is a very well organized producer.   I did his ride back from Iowa a few years ago.  He discontinued it only because not enough people wanted to do it.

I have hired Out of Staters charter to haul my baggage from Start to Finish.   They are also well organized.   They put up a tent at the campsite at the finish and people gather there and buy drinks from the cooler.  

There are usually only 2 baggage trucks, so it's easier to find your luggage.

He is especially helpful with transporting my Bike Friday and my Suzy Schnauzer.   But if you don't have a dog with you, riding in the bus is possible.  Dogs are not allowed on the chartered bus, but he lets me ride in the semi with the bikes or in his van.  You can find more details about the service here:

Comment by Tominator on March 24, 2014 at 1:56pm

1. I have been a registered rider and I have "wildcatted" the entire week. Each way several times. I've done a total of 16 RAGBRAIs.

2. If you want to ride with a formal charter or club, you must register. If you're not with a group recognized by the Register, there's no reason to other than to "do the right thing" and for access to the Register's sag wagon.

I didn't have a wristband last year (I was too late for the lottery) and, while I prefer to render under Ceasar and pay the Register, I didn't notice a single thing that was different not having a rider tag. I'm telling my friends to register and keep their options open. If they don't do RAGBRAI, it will be easy to sell your rider tag. 

Logistics: CUBS (Chicago Urban Bicycling Society) has some slots still open. They're very nice. Around $860 including registration, a sweet jersey and a hotel room one night. Very nice first class outfit filled with very great people. They leave out of Skokie. Stays at houses. You camp but have access to a house's bathroom, which is nice.

A little less expensive is the Illinois Charter. They're leaving from downtown Chicago on Saturday. I think I'm going with them. They're not providing support during the ride but are hooking up with the Quad Cities Bike Club.
 Costs for these guys are:
 These are approximate prices:
 $350 transport from chicago and back. Not sag, however.
 $110 sag with QCBC (Quad Cities Bike Club, the VERY FIRST RAGBRAI I did in '82 I did with this group. One of the great old groups on the ride.)
 $160 RAGBRAI Registration and all in is
 $620 total,
 I just wanted to share what I've found out. This group will leave from downtown Chicago, which is pretty convenient.

I wold love to hear what other people are doing. Please share what options you have looked at. I also investigated Pork Belly, which is nice, but a little pricey and you'd have to get out to Iowa.

Comment by Julie Hochstadter on March 19, 2014 at 12:37pm

hey, anyone want to start a team? Also, know any open teams leaving from Chicago if my mother in law and I just want to join a team?

Kelly B said she'd be happy to help someone do logistics of a team with home hospitality (and sleeping in front yards)? 

Comment by Craig S. on March 10, 2014 at 1:46pm
I leave Thursday morning, which allows ample time for dive bar riding around Des Moines on Friday.
Comment by AM 9.5 on March 10, 2014 at 1:01pm


Comment by AM 9.5 on March 10, 2014 at 1:00pm

The charter services offer bus rides from the end town to the start town on Saturday morning, and can help arrange for parking for the week nearby.  So when you finish, you're ride is waiting.

Last year I drove to the end town Friday afternoon and camped behind my car in the parking lot Friday night.  There were a lot of people who arrived Saturday morning; I suppose that depends where you are coming from.

Comment by dan brown on March 10, 2014 at 12:56pm

I think a lot of folks like to leave Friday; and have more time to get to the start; not be so rushed and start the week a day earlier.

Hey - If Kelly does the klogistics I could be totally interested in returning; even though the  route sucks (thanks Craig). but I am so out of shape meybe they chose the south route for me ???  Whoooooo Nose !!!!

Comment by Julie Hochstadter on March 10, 2014 at 12:48pm

so most people leave sat am and drive all day to the start down, get ready, go to sleep and then start the first riding day sunday am bright and early?  I just couldn't remember and thinking about doing it with my mother in law and a group... that is if Kelly B. will do our logistics again:))


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