The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

Driver needed for small group

We are a small group in need of someone to drive our support vehicle along the route for us this year. The vehicle is small pick-up and small 4×8′ trailer. We have four week-long riders and a couple jumping in for a day or two. Great opportunity for someone who wants to experience being a support driver. We are pretty laid back, past the age where we party too hard but too old to quit riding! Or, if you are on a support team for another group but are not responsible for driving, you could jump in and just get our vehicle from town to town. Veteran riders. One of us rode RAGBRAI VI and one rode RAGBRAI VII and any number of the ones in between then and now. We would really appreciate any help.

9 Replies

ROBERT ANDERSON, April 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Am I blackballed if I offer to drive 1 day?


ASevern, April 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

I’m interested. At 80, I’m a bit old to ride the entire route. Rode Ragbrai 5 times, 2006-11. Big question: where are you coming from (I’m from Colorado). And what are your overnite arrangements?


ASevern, April 18, 2018 at 9:26 am

I’m looking to drive for a small team of older riders. Would like to learn more about overnite arrangements, travel to/from start/end, etc.


Jan Nierling, May 5, 2018 at 8:41 am

STILL LOOKING FOR A DRIVER! I am part of this group and we’re still hoping to find someone to take our vehicle and gear across the great state of Iowa. You get the easy part: driving! You drive, we ride, it’s all good! Help!


Dan Nierling, May 15, 2018 at 8:26 am

We will PAY for a driver! We’re thinking $50.00 a day for you to drive our vehicle, throw some stuff in our coolers and find a decent place to park it. That’s $350.00 for you for the week!!!! Just sayin’. If you’re riding along with another team as support and don’t have a vehicle to drive, this is the perfect opportunity for you and you earn beer (or ice cream or turkey leg or whatever money for everyone in your team!) You’re awesome! Hope to hear from you.


Jan Nierling, May 21, 2018 at 10:12 am

Heck, Dan, let’s make it an even $500. Ladies, if you’re driving for a group and the hubby is coming along (or vice versa), put him/her to work driving our vehicle while you drive your group’s vehicle and make some extra ch-ching for the week. Dodge Dakota Sport pickup pulling a small trailer, 4-6 low-maintenance riders. Doesn’t get much easier than that!


sonofalon, May 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm


I might be interested in driving for your team. Please send me a text message with your name to (619)384-8868. I tend to screen my calls, so a text would let me know who you are. I am one of two non-riders(golfers) for Team Loon. If you are ok with me simply going from overnight town to overnight town, I could be your man.

Mark Swanstrom


Kim, May 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Have you found a driver?


Jan Nierling, June 4, 2018 at 10:40 pm

Sorry for the delay in responding, Kim, too much going on. Yes, we have found a driver! Thanks for your interest!


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