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2023 Registration and RAGBRAI FAQ

  • 12 September, 2022
  • Andrea Parrott

With RAGBRAI 49 complete and (at least in Iowa) the weather is starting to cool, many cyclists’ thoughts are turning to … RAGBRAI 50! As we go through the RAGBRAI inbox we have received a few questions about RAGBRAI 50 registration over and over – so we thought we would share the answers here in a post so that everyone can stay on the same page.

We kept this post to JUST registration-focused questions. We will have many more updates (and surprises!) in the coming months. Or you are always welcome to message us at or on our social media pages. You can find us @RAGBRAI on Facebook and Instagram, and @RAGBRAI_Iowa on Twitter and TikTok.

And now on to the questions!

When can I register for RAGBRAI 2023 (RAGBRAI 50)?

  • RAGBRAI registration will be open from November 15, 2022 through spring of 2023. We will share information on registration and links here on and on our social media pages.


Do I need a account to register?

  • No. You will register via our registration website If you’re itching to get a head start on the ride, you can log in to and create an account. We will post a link to registration on November 15 so you won’t need to worry about searching for it or anything.


How do I secure transportation to/from the ride?

There are a few ways that riders manage this:

  • Airport Shuttles (list of shuttles coming soon). Generally these shuttles run from the Des Moines, Omaha, and Chicago airports, and possibly others depending on the RAGBRAI 2023 start and end locations.
  • Shuttles from long term parking (list of long term parking transportation options coming soon). Locations of long term parking in the start and end communities will be released in January at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party.
  • Join a club, team, or charter. These organizations generally start in one location, for example Des Moines, and shuttle to the RAGBRAI start location and back to that same town after the ride is complete.


How do I get hotels for RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI is a camping event. Since we travel through small town Iowa, often doubling or tripling a town’s population, hotels sell out immediately after the Route Announcement. If you like the finer things in life, we suggest traveling by RV with a support driver, or joining a Charter who can provide extras.


Do you have any resources for new riders to find out more about RAGBRAI?


When will you release the RAGBRAI 50 Route?

Our RAGBRAI 2023/RAGBRAI 50 Route Announcement Party will be January 28, 2023. Join us for the party in Des Moines! Details on the party will be released in the coming months.

At the Route Announcement we announce the 8 Overnight Towns. Then in the first half of March we will announce the full route, including specific roads and pass-through and meeting towns.

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