If you’re flying to RAGBRAI, or don’t want the hassle of lugging your bike to the starting point, we encourage you to ship your bike directly to RAGBRAI. The following companies are independent of The Des Moines Register and RAGBRAI officials. They have been sanctioned by The Des Moines Register and RAGBRAI to provide bike and luggage shipping to the start town and back from the end town. All arrangements are made between you and the shipping company and do not involve The Des Moines Register and RAGBRAI Officials.
ONLY REGISTERED RIDERS WITH PARTICIPANT CREDENTIALS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SERVICE.
RAGBRAI has worked with High Country Shipping (HCS) for several years to provide bike and luggage shipping to and from our event. If you contact HCS, they will arrange for all shipping details, send you shipping labels in advance and arrange for timely pick-up.
In addition, they will monitor your shipment to insure its on-time arrival, e-mail you when it arrives in Iowa, and deliver your bike to the start of RAGBRAI. During RAGBRAI High Country Shipping will transport your bike box across the state to the finish.
At both the start and finish High Country Shipping will have a booth conveniently located next to RAGBRAI’s bike shop partners; Letsches Bike Shop for assemblies at the start and Harper’s Cycling & Fitness for disassemblies at the finish.
Shipped bikes should not arrive earlier than two weeks prior to the start of the ride. Riders are strongly encouraged to make their reservation in advance with HCS online. After your online order is placed, HCS will then contact you to confirm shipping. Riders will be charged when their bike arrives on time in Iowa.
Have Your Bike Waiting for You
Instead of You Waiting for Your Bike
Cycle Chauffeur (formerly Tri Team Transport) will be offering bike and gear transport for athletes participating in RAGBRAI XLIII. They have partner shops in major Texas markets including Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. They also offer transport from Oklahoma City. They will be transporting bikes fully assembled to the start town of RAGBRAI and will meet you at the end town to take them back.
You may sign up for transport services on our website at www.thecyclechauffeur.com
Simply select the partner shop that you will be dropping off at and deliver the bike with all items attached. Typically lead time to an event is 5 days out from delivery to your destination. Tri Team Transport will have two pick up days preceding the event start in the starting town. They will then meet you near the end town and have a drop off location to take your bikes back to the original host shop in Texas or Oklahoma City.
Contact Kevin Russell with any questions you may have pertaining to service of this event:
Owner, Cycle Chauffeur (Formerly Tri Team Transport)
SENDMYBIKE.com has been serving RAGBRAI riders since 2010, offering full-service bike and luggage shipping at great prices. The owners have been on RAGBRAI as riders and charter operators for more than 30 years. They know RAGBRAI.
Go to SENDMYBIKE.com to calculate your shipping price and order shipping labels. By all means, compare their rates to other RAGBRAI shippers. In July, bike-shippers can drop off their packaged bike at the nearest FedEx retail location or arrange home pick-up. SENDMYBIKE.com will mail your labels in advance and you’ll receive automated emails regarding your shipment on its way to Iowa.
Before and after RAGBRAI, find them at the RAGBRAI EXPO in the start town and at the end-town river location. They will also be in the campsites of Pork Belly Ventures RAGBRAI Charter.
3 Options for Assembling Your Shipped Bicycle Prior to RAGBRAI:
- $50 Pre-Assembly—No waiting in line for bike assembly. Your bike is road-ready when you arrive to claim it.
- Assembly at Expo—claim your shipped bike and have Letsches Bike Shop assemble it. For more on Letsches, see the Bike Shops page on RAGBRAI.com.
- FREE Assembly Assistance from Bike Mechanics on Saturday—provided for those riders on Pork Belly Ventures’ Weeklong Support
4 Options for Shipping Your Bike Home After RAGBRAI:
- $50 Hand Off—your bike is boxed and shipped by professional mechanics, entering the FedEx system by Friday after RAGBRAI.
- $60 Hand Off—your bike is boxed and shipped by professional mechanics, entering the FedEx system by Tuesday after RAGBRAI.
- In the end town, Harpers Bike Shop can package your bike for shipping.
- In the end town, claim your shipping container and package the bike for shipping yourself.
Storage of Bike Case or Box
- No additional charge for bike case or bike box storage.
For more information, visit SENDMYBIKE.com, or call Pete at 402-681-2613.
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