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The following policies and procedures apply to our transportation service both from Chicago to the start of RAGBRAI and from the end of RAGBRAI to Chicago.

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Getting to and from Chicago
The main transportation staging point in Chicago will be directly at our bike shop and is within walking or biking distance of all local and long distance public transportation options in Chicago.

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Arriving Via Public Transportation
Chicago is one of the nation's major public transportation hubs and it is extremely easy to travel to and from via public transportation. In fact, we strongly recommend avoiding driving entirely to and/or from the entire event if at all possible.

Chicago is also home to the closest major international airports to RAGBRAI - O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) and we will be able to easily support participants flying into and/or out of them. If you will be travelling a long distance to participate in RAGBRAI flying through O'Hare or Midway may be a much better alternative than the Quad Cities, Des Moines, or Omaha.

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Arrival and Check In
The check in and loading process will consist of checking in, attaching our identification tags to your bicycle and baggage, loading your bicycle, loading your baggage, boarding our vehicles, and the final head count. We estimate that it will take an hour and a half to load all bicycles and baggage. Checking in before the start of RAGBRAI will not automatically check you in after the end of RAGBRAI - you will need to check in both times.

In order to maintain consistent arrival times at our transportation staging points and mid-route stopping location every year our actual arrival times at the start of RAGBRAI and back in Chicago will vary each year based in the actual towns that are selected as the start and end of RAGBRAI.

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Participants Staying at the Chicago Hotel
Because the Chicago hotel is too far from the main transportation staging point to quickly, easily, or safely transport both your bike and baggage between them yourself we will have an additional transportation staging point directly at the hotel. You must pre-register to use our Chicago hotel transportation staging point otherwise you must use the main transportation staging point.

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Identification Tags
Before they can be loaded, every bicycle and individual baggage item must have two separate Bicycle Illinois identification tags attached. These tags will be supplied in your registration materials and will significantly help identify which bikes and baggage should be loaded amid the the throng of other bicycles and baggage that shouldn't, particularly the end of RAGBRAI.

We require two separate tags in case one comes off in transit and the tags should be placed as far apart from each other as possible to minimize the chance that both would come off at the same time. If you are initially meeting us in Chicago, we require that the tags are attached there to prevent individual loose tags from getting lost during RAGBRAI or forgotten in a piece luggage buried at the bottom of a pile at the end of RAGBRAI.

We will use four different colored identification tags to quickly and easily identify and properly stage and load bikes and baggage to be delivered to the different drop off locations at the start of RAGBRAI and in Chicago after the end of RAGBRAI:

Drop Off Location at
the Start of RAGBRAI

Drop Off Location in Chicago
After the End of RAGBRAI

Bicycle Illinois transportation staging point Main transportation staging point
Bicycle Illinois transportation staging point Chicago hotel
Bubba's Pampered Pedalers campground Main transportation staging point
Bubba's Pampered Pedalers campground Chicago hotel

It will be your responsibility to make sure that your bike and every piece of your baggage items has the appropriate two required baggage delivery tags on it. If a tag comes off in transit or during the week of RAGBRAI simply let a staff member know and we will give you a new one.

Participants themselves won't need to wear a Bicycle Illinois identification tag on their wrist which will increase your comfort while riding. Instead you can just tell us if you belong with us and we will also identify you during our final head count before departing.

Transportation Means

People Transportation
Participants will travel aboard either a charter coach bus or one of our support vehicles. We will not be using any long distance public transportation carriers (Amtrak, Greyhound, MegaBus, etc.) to transport people and you will not need to purchase any separate bus or train ticket on your own.

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Bicycle Transportation

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Baggage Transportation

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Not including carry on items, the size of each participant's baggage must be limited to 5 square feet so all baggage can fit in the baggage compartments underneath the coach bus. Based on extensive experience we fully expect this space to be fully adequate and there will also be additional space inside the bus itself to store any carry on items. For reference, the dimensions of a big green army style duffle bag is about 1' x 1' x 3' (3 sq. feet). In the very unlikely event we run into a problem with insufficient baggage capacity in the coach busses themselves, we also can put any extra baggage (which will be minimal) in the bike truck itself or in any open space inside the coach bus, particularly if there are any open seats.

If you are planning on using RAGBRAI's free semitruck to transport your baggage between stopping towns during the event, Click Here for more information about their baggage transportation policies.

If you are planning on using Bubba's Pampered Pedalers charter service during the week to transport your baggage between stopping towns, you will be allowed two pieces of baggage not to exceed 30 pounds each.

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If you are planning on using another charter service during the week to transport your baggage between stopping towns you should make sure your baggage is in compliance with the baggage policies of that charter service.

Event Communications
Cell phone reception during RAGBRAI can be unreliable because the cell phone towers serving the towns RAGBRAI passes through can be overwhelmed, particularly the overnight towns. If you need to contact us, it is best to plan on making calls during the day when you are on the road. Also, a text message is much more likely to go through than a phone call.

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Bicycle Illinois Merchandise
In order to remember your journey and share your experience with others, a Bicycle Illinois t-shirt is included in registration.

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Bicycle Illinois jerseys, water bottles, polo shirts, baseball hats and extra t-shirts can all be ordered before the event.

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Other Services

Other than the route in the RAGBRAI ending town we will not provide any services such as SAG vehicle support, mechanical or medical services, or in town transportation.

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