The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

About RAGBRAI

What is RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state.  Heading into its 46th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest multi-day recreational bicycle touring event in the world.  Des Moines Register Media has been the title sponsor of RAGBRAI since 1973.

What does RAGBRAI stand for?

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

When is RAGBRAI?

The ride is always held the last full week of July, Sunday through Saturday.  For 2018 that will be July 22-28, 2018.

What does it cost?

A week-long rider fee is $175 (plus tax); a week-long non-rider fee is $35 (plus tax). A vehicle permit is $40 (plus tax) for a personal vehicle or straight truck, and $50 (plus tax) for a Bus or RV. Instead of entering for the week, participants may enter for daily wristbands for $30 (plus tax) per day.

What is included in the entry fees?

The cost includes wristbands, route marking signage, baggage transportation from overnight to overnight community, camping accommodations, discounts, SAG wagon services along the route, four CARE Ambulances, a mobile Emergency Room and paramedic teams on the route each day, traffic controlled by Iowa State Patrol officers, 10 bicycle repair shops dispersed along the route, souvenir patch, official daily route maps, bike shipping stations at the beginning and end of the ride, and free shipping of Lost and Found items turned in during and after the ride.

What is the route?

RAGBRAI begins somewhere near Iowa’s western border and ends along the eastern border at the Mississippi River. We change the route each year and we will announce the overnight towns at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on Saturday, January 27, 2018 and in The Des Moines Register and on our web site (www.ragbrai.com).

How many miles is the ride?

The seven-day total mileage for RAGBRAI averages 468 miles while the daily mileage averages 67 miles. There is an optional loop (called the Karras Loop) on one day each year for cyclists wanting the challenge of riding a full century 100 miles.

When can I enter?

Registration for RAGBRAI opens November 15, 2017 for RAGBRAI XLVI.

When is the entry deadline?

The deadline for week-long riders is April 1, 2018. Your entry form, waiver, and payment  must be submitted by April 1, 2018 to be eligible for the lottery.Week-long rider registrations will not be accepted after April 1.  If an individual or group elects to submit a manual (paper) entry, the entry including the signed original waiver(s) and payment must be complete, correct and dated no later than Feb. 15, 2018. Please note that day-pass registrations are due online June 1, 2018 and are are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Day-pass registrations are not subject to the lottery.

Is there a limit on entries?

RAGBRAI is limited to an estimated 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 daily riders. Entries can exceed the number of riders allowed, so a random computer lottery takes place after all of the entries are entered in the computer. Lottery results are available online on May 1, 2018.

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