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Arriving at the Transportation Staging Point

All participants must arrive at our transportation staging point at the end of RAGBRAI by 3:30 pm

We feel this arrival time best balances arriving back in Chicago at a reasonable time with the needs of our slower riders since we will be departing on what is still a riding day. All riders will still be able to linger in the interesting towns along the route that day and enjoy the last day of their RAGBRAI experience. You will not need to get up at the crack of dawn or make a mad rush to arrive at our staging point on time, making an otherwise enjoyable ride into a stressful one. If you are a faster rider you may want to slow down your pace on the road that day but if you do arrive in the ending town well before this arrival time there will still be plenty for you to see and do there.

It is extremely important for you to plan your day so that you complete the ride and activities in the ending town and arrive at our transportation staging point by the arrival time. We certainly do not want to you miss our transportation service back to Chicago! Your arrival time in the ending town will depend on such considerations as your departure time from the previous overnight town, your riding pace on the road (particularly if the route that day is a long distance and/or has a lot of climbing), and the amount of time you spend at stops and the pass through towns on the route that day.

You should also plan on leaving some extra time just in case any unforeseeable situations come up such as mechanical trouble, inclement weather conditions such as rain, heat, or headwinds, or just extra stops because you are tired and riding slow after a long week. You should also leave enough time to do such things in the ending town as dipping your tires at the finish in the Mississippi River to signify you made it, dropping your bike off at the bike shipping location (if applicable), picking up your baggage, taking a shower, eating and drinking, checking out the ending town, and bringing your bike and baggage to our transportation staging point.

Please note that showers will not be available in Chicago. If you want to shower after your ride you will need to do so in the ending town before we depart.

RAGBRAI Ending Town Locations
The RAGBRAI ending town will inform us of these specific locations around May 1st and we will develop the specific routes and provide more information about them after this time.

  • Click Here for more information about the RAGBRAI ending town.
RAGBRAI Ending Location and Dip Site

Coming after May 1st!


RAGBRAI Main Baggage Drop Off

Coming after May 1st!


Bicycle Illinois Transportation Staging Point

Coming after May 1st!

Riding to Our Transportation Staging Point
At the end of RAGBRAI, we will provide a route for you to follow to our transportation staging point from the ending location anddip site.

  • Click Here to download the in town cue sheet and map for the RAGBRAI ending town. (coming after May 1st!)
  • Click Here to download the GPS route dataset files for the RAGBRAI ending town. (coming after May 1st!)
  • Click Here for all supported facilities, services, and in town cycling routes for the RAGBRAI ending town overlaid on satellite imagery. (coming after May 1st!)
  • Click Here for more information about in town transportation.
  • Click Here for more information about our routes.
  • Click Here for more information about the roads and bike paths we follow.
  • Click Here for more information about navigating our routes.
  • Click Here for more information about our cue sheets and maps.

Cue Sheet and Map
We will distribute a printed cue sheet and map of our routes in the RAGBRAI ending town to all participants in Chicago before the start of RAGBRAI as part of the registration materials.

Unfortunately we will not be able to distribute them after the end of RAGBRAI, so if you do not register for our transportation service from Chicago to the start of RAGBRAI you will need to download and print them yourself and carry them with you during the week.

GPS Route Dataset Files
GPS route dataset files will be available for you to download to your own individual personal GPS device for navigation if you will be riding with one.

  • Click Here for more information about riding with your own personal GPS device.

We will not be providing a GPS unit to any of our participants for navigation at the end of RAGBRAI.

Detours and Reroutes
In the extremely unlikely event that either our transportation staging point location or the route to it changes after all printed materials and the GPS route dataset files have been distributed (such as in response to unexpected blocked roads, new road construction, etc.) we will indicate our route to our transportation staging point by using painted road markings directly on the road designated with both "BI" and "DT" to signify Bicycle Iillinois and the DeTour. We will also inform all of our participants on their cell phone via both text message and voice mail of the situation. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide anyone with a new individual printed cue sheet or map of GPS route dataset files of our new routes.

  • Click Here for more information about our signage.
  • Click Here for more information about our road markings.
  • Click Here for more information about reroutes.
  • Click Here for more information about road construction.
  • Click Here for more information about us contacting you during the event.

Other Signage
We will not mount any Bicycle Illinois specific signs onto sign posts or telephone poles because they will be too easy to miss and will not stand out enough among the hundreds of other club signs posted there. In addition we will not be able to come back later to take the signs down.

Transporting Your Baggage to Our Transportation Staging Point

From the RAGBRAI Main Baggage Drop Off Location
Ideally, our transportation staging point will be close enough to the main RAGBRAI baggage drop off location so that you will be able to easily carry your baggage to our transportation staging point yourself from there yourself.

If the RAGBRAI main baggage drop off location is not within a reasonable walking distance to our transportation staging point, our transportation staging point will be a stop on the official RAGBRAI Rider & Support Shuttle Service which will run all day. You will need to transport your baggage to our transportation staging location using this shuttle service. To do so you should bike to our transportation staging point (without your baggage) using our route from the RAGBRAI ending location and dip site and drop off your bicycle with us. You should then take the shuttle service back to the main RAGBRAI baggage drop off location (without your bicycle), pick up your baggage, and then take the RAGBRAI shuttle bus back to our transportation staging point with your baggage.

  • Click Here for more information about the RAGBRAI Rider & Support Shuttle service in the ending town (coming after may 1st!).

From Bubba's Pampered Pedalers
If you used Bubba's Pampered Pedalers charter service during the week, your baggage will be delivered to our transportation staging point from them and you will not need to transport it yourself or go back to their location at the end of RAGBRAI for any reason. Accordingly, it is extremely important that your baggage have our identification tags on them since this how they will identify the baggage to be delived to our transportation staging point. If your baggage is not properly delivered from Bubba's Pampered Pedalers you will need to go to their location to get your baggage yourself - we cannot go back and get it for you.

If Bubba's Pampered Pedalers location is a reasonable distance to walk to from our transportation staging point your baggage will not be delivered to our transportation staging point from them since you will be able to easily transport it yourself.

From Other Locations
In order to prevent unnecessary traffic RAGBRAI only allows us to stage up at our transportation staging point in the RAGRABI ending town. We cannot pick up any participants or their bicycles or baggage at any other location.

If you are not using the main RAGBRAI baggage transportation service or Bubba's Pampered Pedalers to transport your baggage during the week you will need to transport your baggage to our transportation staging point yourself.

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