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Welcome to the new RAGBRAI web site



Does something look different? Well it was time to keep up with technology and reconstruct our RAGBRAI web site. I think you’ll find it has a few new bells and whistles, while still extremely informative. We appreciate the suggestions over the years from RAGBRAIers on ways to improve our web site and look forward to hearing your feedback on this new site.

To help you along, I’d like to point out a few things to make your visit to our new site a bit easier to get around:

Navigation Structure

You’ll see that the navigation bars have moved from going up and down on the left-hand side of the page to now go horizontally across the top of the page. Some of the topics have been tweaked as well.

Main Features

The new site will have a few rotating features that are splashed across the top of the page. They will be linked to stories of interest that we want to share with you. You’ll also be able to sign up for an RSS feed to inform you when new stories are posted. Want to get any new stories emailed to you every day? Want to get a text alert when big RAGBRAI news is announced (such as overnight towns)?

Photo Galleries & Videos

The photo galleries will be easy to find, right below the main features. The photo galleries will be from both The Des Moines Register photographers as well as (coming soon!) user submitted photos for all to enjoy. Videos will also have a prominent location on the home page at the bottom left-hand corner of the page. We will feature fun videos for The Des Moines Register photographers as well as user submitted videos as well as feature safety videos such as the “Riding Right” video.

Social Networking Links

We will have quick links to our presence on social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

Blogs

This is a new header that will feature frequent blog posts to keep you up to speed on RAGBRAI, cycling and Iowa happenings that might be of interest to RAGBRAIers. The blogs will take the place of the traditional E-Newsletter that was featured monthly.

About RAGBRAI

This topic will take the place of the old “RAGBRAI Basics” topic. Here you will find 2009 RAGBRAI Logistics, FAQs, General Information, and the History of RAGBRAI. You also find information about charters, bike shops, shuttles and bike shipping under “About RAGBRAI”.

Forums

Simply changes the name of “Message Boards” to “Forums.” The latest Forum Posts will also appear on the home page on the bottom right-hand side of the page so you can quickly see what people are chatting about.

More Links

These additional navigational links in the green boxes will be found on the right-hand side of the page and take you to other related sites such as the Dream Team, Iowa Bicycle Coalition, The NBTDA (National Bicycle Tour Director’s Association) as well as other topics such as RIDE RIGHT, the RAGBRAI Shop and the DesMoinesRegister.com site. You will also find contact information for RAGBRAI at these links.

We hope you enjoy the new site. If you have comments, question or suggestions, please send them my way (e-mail to tj@ragbrai.org).

– TJ Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI director

34 Responses on “Welcome to the new RAGBRAI web site

Sandaltan

May 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

Looks good! There is just no end to what a Old Gator can accomplish when he puts his mind to it. The premier bike ride in the USA now has a web site that is equal to the ride.

James

May 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

How ’bout putting the actual dates of RAGBRAI someplace easily accessible. I can only assume you have too many riders and you are trying to hide the dates……

Dave Strahl

May 18, 2009 at 11:28 am

What happened to the newsletters?

TJ Juskiewicz

May 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Thanks for the comments. As you can see by the updates to the site, we do listen. Thanks for the help.

PB

May 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

The new design might be wonderful, but it makes my computer crash. Can’t use it…and that’s not good right before RAGBRAI coming up.

KRASH

June 19, 2009 at 5:18 am

Just a note from an outsider..you may want to add a small line that spelled out what RAGBRAI stands for :o)

Also you might be shocked that someone new to the site may not know that it has some thing to do with Iowa, especially with banner adds promoting other states.

Scott

June 20, 2009 at 7:35 am

Either I’m an idiot or the calendar of events for the 2009 RAGBRAI is hidden somewhere clever. Before I book my travel it’d be really nice to know when registration starts, when the actual ride starts, finishes, etc. I know, I’m expecting way too much right? :)

Barb

July 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

Fabulous website. I couldn’t go with my team this year but I felt a part of it anyway with the videos. That was what I knew I would miss the most–the “colorful” people & sights! Loved the maps too! Easy to find my way around both on the website & in town when I could meet up with the team!

Marsha Simpson

January 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

This is my first time to visit here. I found so much interesting stuff in your post, especially its topics. From the tons of comments on your post, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the great work.

john

February 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I hav enever rode in one of these. What do we do for our vehicle when we leave sioux city? How do i get back to get it? Is there transportation? Is there a charter that takes care of us? How do i handle the logistics? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Sandra Vandewalle

April 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Really good post. As usual…

The Carbon Wheel King

May 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Looks great! How much advance notice do I need to give my liver!?

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August 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I don;t believe that you are appropriate, have you really seen the details?

Islandpferde-Freund

February 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

After research a number of of the blog posts on your web site now, and I actually like your means of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website listing and shall be checking back soon. Pls check out my web site as nicely and let me know what you think.

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