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Registration Lottery Q

I’m part of a team that’s looking forward to our first RAGBRAI this year, and I’m curious about the registration lottery – does every year field the full 8,500 riders? How many registrations are rejected? Do teams have a better chance than individuals? Should I be worried?

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Michrider !!!, January 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm

No, you should not worry! Get your registration completed, properly, and submitted on time, you’ll get in! Anyway, about June of each year, the Forum is swamped with people selling their ride bracelet. Worry Not!!!!

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Sandaltan, January 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Register as a group (team) of three or more and you will be in. In the lottery, if one member of a team is chosen all are in. I have yet to read or hear of a team not being selected in the lottery as long as they have met the deadlines for registration.

RIDE RIGHT

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John Blackman, February 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Great thanks for asking this question , my wife and I are Canadian Newbies and now I will brag it up as if I know I am in!

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ISUTubbs, February 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

John Blackman: one of my fellow teammates is also from Canada…living in Cincinnati now. He’ll be thrilled to know there is another Canadian along for the ride. 🙂

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Lisa Gawlik, March 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Oh, I am so glad I looked at your post. I was worried also whether i would get in, I am entering by myself. Sure hope I can do the whole week1 I fear being in a heap at the side of the road on the 83 mile day!!!

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CyclingRoberto, March 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Lisa, there is only one way to guarantee that you will enjoy the entire week on your bicycle: train hard. Do lots of miles, and RAGBRAI will be so much more fun. Make sure to get out for several 50+ mile rides before the event. Have fun!
See you on the road.

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Michrider !!!, March 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Lisa, listen to CR’s advice. You’ll never hear anyone complain because they rode too many miles. However, you’ll hear many people complaining about sore butts!!! Don’t be one of the sore butt people, get in lots of saddle time!!!!

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