Welcome to the new RAGBRAI web site

Does something look different? Well it was time to keep up with technology and reconstruct our RAGBRAI web site. I think you’ll find it has a few new bells and whistles, while still extremely informative. We appreciate the suggestions over the years from RAGBRAIers on ways to improve our web site and look forward to hearing your feedback on this new site.

To help you along, I’d like to point out a few things to make your visit to our new site a bit easier to get around:

Navigation Structure

You’ll see that the navigation bars have moved from going up and down on the left-hand side of the page to now go horizontally across the top of the page. Some of the topics have been tweaked as well.

Main Features

The new site will have a few rotating features that are splashed across the top of the page. They will be linked to stories of interest that we want to share with you. You’ll also be able to sign up for an RSS feed to inform you when new stories are posted. Want to get any new stories emailed to you every day? Want to get a text alert when big RAGBRAI news is announced (such as overnight towns)?

Photo Galleries & Videos

The photo galleries will be easy to find, right below the main features. The photo galleries will be from both The Des Moines Register photographers as well as (coming soon!) user submitted photos for all to enjoy. Videos will also have a prominent location on the home page at the bottom left-hand corner of the page. We will feature fun videos for The Des Moines Register photographers as well as user submitted videos as well as feature safety videos such as the “Riding Right” video.

Social Networking Links

We will have quick links to our presence on social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.


This is a new header that will feature frequent blog posts to keep you up to speed on RAGBRAI, cycling and Iowa happenings that might be of interest to RAGBRAIers. The blogs will take the place of the traditional E-Newsletter that was featured monthly.


This topic will take the place of the old “RAGBRAI Basics” topic. Here you will find 2009 RAGBRAI Logistics, FAQs, General Information, and the History of RAGBRAI. You also find information about charters, bike shops, shuttles and bike shipping under “About RAGBRAI”.


Simply changes the name of “Message Boards” to “Forums.” The latest Forum Posts will also appear on the home page on the bottom right-hand side of the page so you can quickly see what people are chatting about.

More Links

These additional navigational links in the green boxes will be found on the right-hand side of the page and take you to other related sites such as the Dream Team, Iowa Bicycle Coalition, The NBTDA (National Bicycle Tour Director’s Association) as well as other topics such as RIDE RIGHT, the RAGBRAI Shop and the site. You will also find contact information for RAGBRAI at these links.

We hope you enjoy the new site. If you have comments, question or suggestions, please send them my way (e-mail to

– TJ Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI director


joe c, May 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Hi TJ…
Looks great.
Have you thought about a ‘mobile’ version that we can pick up on BBerrys?
The general Information section is kind of overwhelming – maybe some sub-categories or at least a different/bolder font for topic headings.
I wonder if Charlie has an exterior camera on the MAC – a link to a live cam would be cool – even if it is the parking lot.
The 8 links on the right (Dream Team, etc.) seem to get lost in the RAGBRAI gear ad. Wonder if there is a way to emphasize them (especially Dream Team).

TJ Juskiewicz, May 7, 2009 at 7:01 am

Joe C – Thanks for the comments. We do plan to have the mobile version of the site in the future. Before RAGBRAI for sure. TJ

Tim, May 7, 2009 at 7:32 am

Looks good..definintely looks more professional and creative than the old site…I agree with Joe regarding the links on the right side navigation. I don’t keep up on web design and standards so I don’t claim to be an expert but I know when the screen gets resized the stuff on the right side gets cut off.
Otherwise, nice job incorporating all the latest and greatest technologies like flickr, twitter, etc..the mobile version would be really nice…..and appreciate the opportunity to leave comments.

BobG, May 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

Looks great gang – cleaner, leaner and downright keener

Bicycle Bill, May 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Looks OK, but would appreciate a link to the message boards at the top of the page rather than down towards the bottom.

Bicycle Bill, May 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Ignore or delete previous comment – I found the “forums” button.

MFBalvanz, May 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Looks good. PLEEEEEZE print the daily maps on a white background. Lots of us print these off to carry each day, and they’re so hard to read with the mottled brown background. Thanks!

Chris Snider, May 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm

@MFBalvanz I don’t see any reason that we can’t do that. I’ll talk to the graphic artist about it.

Chris Snider, May 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Maps are now available with a white background. Find them here.

Tom Musel, May 8, 2009 at 5:35 am

The new website looks fantastic! I do miss the old countdown.

Tom Musel, May 8, 2009 at 5:40 am

Oops…..sorry….I just found the countdown.

Amanda, May 8, 2009 at 7:12 am

I like the new look BUT my antique computer doesn’t like it. It crashes when I try to load the site. 🙁

Guess I’ll have to catch up with technology, too!

Dave Marsden, May 9, 2009 at 2:28 am

Nice update. Like the look and good to add the social networking features to compliment such a social event. Good job.

M SHAW, May 9, 2009 at 6:53 am


Debbie, May 11, 2009 at 9:19 am

The new design might be wonderful, but it makes my computer crash. Can’t use it…and that’s not good right before RAGBRAI coming up.

Kevo, May 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Where in the web site can you find the maps to download into a garmin Edge 705?

Site looks great!!

Bruce Starbuck, May 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I’m sure the new RAGBRAI web site is great, but it won’t load on my computer and if won’t load on my computer what good does it do me. Technology that cannot be used is just technology.

LeAnn, May 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Is it possible to get our vendor info on the shuttle route map or on info given to shuttle riders?

Thanks LeAnn

chad, May 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Love the new look, but please put the days, hours, minutes and seconds until RAGBRAI back on the top of the home page.
Thank you,

RD, May 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm

In the map section, on the flyover for Mt. Pleasant, Tom Vilsack is id-ed as “Commissioner of Agriculture”. I believe the correct title is Secretary of Agriculture.

Sandaltan, May 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

Looks good! There is just no end to what a Old Gator can accomplish when he puts his mind to it. The premier bike ride in the USA now has a web site that is equal to the ride.

James, May 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

How ’bout putting the actual dates of RAGBRAI someplace easily accessible. I can only assume you have too many riders and you are trying to hide the dates……

Dave Strahl, May 18, 2009 at 11:28 am

What happened to the newsletters?

TJ Juskiewicz, May 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Thanks for the comments. As you can see by the updates to the site, we do listen. Thanks for the help.

PB, May 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

The new design might be wonderful, but it makes my computer crash. Can’t use it…and that’s not good right before RAGBRAI coming up.

KRASH, Jun 19, 2009 at 5:18 am

Just a note from an may want to add a small line that spelled out what RAGBRAI stands for :o)

Also you might be shocked that someone new to the site may not know that it has some thing to do with Iowa, especially with banner adds promoting other states.

Scott, Jun 20, 2009 at 7:35 am

Either I’m an idiot or the calendar of events for the 2009 RAGBRAI is hidden somewhere clever. Before I book my travel it’d be really nice to know when registration starts, when the actual ride starts, finishes, etc. I know, I’m expecting way too much right? 🙂

Barb, Jul 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

Fabulous website. I couldn’t go with my team this year but I felt a part of it anyway with the videos. That was what I knew I would miss the most–the “colorful” people & sights! Loved the maps too! Easy to find my way around both on the website & in town when I could meet up with the team!

Marsha Simpson, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

This is my first time to visit here. I found so much interesting stuff in your post, especially its topics. From the tons of comments on your post, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the great work.

john, Feb 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I hav enever rode in one of these. What do we do for our vehicle when we leave sioux city? How do i get back to get it? Is there transportation? Is there a charter that takes care of us? How do i handle the logistics? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Sandra Vandewalle, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Really good post. As usual…

The Carbon Wheel King, May 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Looks great! How much advance notice do I need to give my liver!?

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