We do not expect the team to ride together as one group due to various skill levels and interests.
A typical day begins with riders leaving the overnight town according to their preference. Each rider is responsible for loading their tent, bags, chair and gear into the gear truck by 9 a.m. every morning. Which includes Riders who are joining the team along the route. Our gear truck and van will depart for the next overnight town by 9:30 a.m. each morning. This will give our drivers time to stock up on supplies, allow drive time to the next overnight town and be ready for the riders as they arrive in the next overnight town. Those who choose to leave early, consider tenting close to the truck and be conscientious of those who choose to leave later in the morning and may be sleeping.
Food and beverages are the fuel your body needs to ride, so eating and drinking are important! A light continental breakfast will be available for you before you leave our overnight host and a variety of breakfasts choices are available on the route.
Feel free to ride at your own pace, stop at the roadside stands or the pass through towns to rest and refresh, and take in the sites and attractions along the way. Our support vehicles will make every attempt to arrive at the next overnight by noon. After retrieving your luggage, you are free to set up your tent and explore the overnight town.
Overnight communities eagerly anticipate the arrival of RAGBRAI riders. Many of the host communities have arranged for special activities, music, and food. More specific information on each overnight town can be found on the RAGBRAI web site. We will be traveling with a 15 passenger van that we will use to shuttle riders to town when needed. A shuttle schedule will be established at each overnight stop depending on riders’ needs.
Although riders will come and go from the overnight hosts as they explore the overnight community, it is normal for the group to sit outside and visit with each other into the evening, sharing stories of the day’s ride. Many times our host(s) will join us as we share Simpson experiences. We travel with snacks and coolers full of nonalcoholic beverages, which are available for the riders to recharge and refuel through out the afternoon and evening, preparing for the next day’s ride.