RAGBRAI, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 40th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Des Moines Register Media has been the title sponsor of RAGBRAI since 1973.
When is RAGBRAI?
July 22-28, 2012. (It will always be the last full week of July)
What does it cost?
A week-long rider fee is $150; a week-long non-rider fee is $35. A vehicle permit is $35. Instead of entering for the week, participants may enter for daily wristbands for $25 per day.
What is included in the entry fees?
The cost includes wristbands, route marking signage, baggage transportation, camping accommodations, discounts, SAG wagon services, emergency medical services, traffic control, souvenir patch, daily route maps, and entries into drawing for a free prizes for riders and other prizes for support vehicle drivers.
How many miles is the ride?
The seven-day total mileage for RAGBRAI averages 468 miles while the daily mileage averages 67 miles. There is an optional loop (called the Karras Loop) on one day each year for cyclists wanting the challenge.
When can I enter?
You can enter RAGBRAI beginning Nov. 15, 2011.
When is the entry deadline?
The entry postmark deadline is April 1, 2012. Your entry form and payment must be submitted prior to or on the deadline to be eligible for the lottery. If an individual or group elects to submit a manual (paper) entry, the entry including the signed original waiver(s) and payment must be complete, correct and dated no later than Feb. 15, 2012.
Is there a limit on entries?
RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 daily riders. Entries can exceed the number of riders allowed, so a random computer lottery takes place after all of the entries are entered in the computer. Lottery results are available online on May 1, 2012.