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RAGBRAI 2014!

This listing will continue to be updated as information becomes available - please check back regularly!


Often described as a rolling Mardi Gras, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is a seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into it's 42nd year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world!

This year's route is the 2nd flattest and 3rd shortest in RAGBRAI's 42 year history - this is the perfect time to join in the fun!

Start - Rock Valley
69 Miles - Okojobi
41 Miles - Emmetsburg
73 Miles - Forest City
36 Miles - Mason City
63 Miles - Waverly
68 Miles - Independence
68 Miles - Guttenberg


See pictures of all the fun from 2013 by clicking 
here!

If you'd like to receive a link to view a fun video of last year's LCBG participants on the ride, please drop an email to Pam.

2014 Attire Schedule
If you have the designated attire for the day, please pack accordingly :-); if not, in parenthese are listed the "official" days of RAGBRAI - feel free to wear something relative... or not!

Sun, July 20 - 2014 CUBS jersey
Mon, July 21 - 2013 CUBS jersey (Law Enforcement Appreciation Day)
Tue, July 22 - Any RAGBRAI jersey (RAGBRAI Jersey Day)
Wed, July 23 - 2014 LCBG jersey and photo with Mr Pork Chop! (People for Bikes Day)
Thu, July 24 - Any college jersey (College Jersey Day)
Fri, July 25 - 2013 LCBG jersey (Carter LeBeau Day)
Sat, July 26 - 2014 CUBS jersey


Our group will be riding as part of the 
Chicago Urban Bicycling Society (CUBS) team.

Cost is $860.00/person (includes $160.00 RAGBRAI rider fee) and is payable in three installments.

NOTE: CUBS has a 68 rider limit!



CUBS Registration Information - PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY

CUBS Membership Agreement & Release

CUBS Medical & Emergency Form



Take me to the RAGBRAI site! 

Take me to the CUBS site



How to Register

* Access the RABRAI registration page here.
* Select the Week Long Rider option when registering.
* Do NOT register as an individual; register as part of the CUBS team, group 246.
* Do NOT provide any payment information to RAGBRAI directly - do NOT give a credit card number when registering or send a check. You will pay CUBS and CUBS will pay RAGBRAI for the entire group.
* Don't forget to register on the CUBS site and complete their online registration form as well! Afterwards, you will mail to CUBS four completed hard copy forms along with your deposit - 1) RAGBRAI Release (find it on the RAGBRAI site - link above); CUBS 2) Membership Agreement and 3) Medical & Emergency Form (links above); and lastly, your driver's license, auto insurance, and health insurance cards copied onto a single sheet of paper.



Itinerary / Accommodations - Based upon 2013 / subject to change 

* Saturday, July 19th: 4 am (!) meet at Lincoln Hall Middle School, 6855 N Crawford, Lincolnwood - load up bikes and luggage on a truck, board the tour-style bus and be on the road by 5 am. Everyone will be signing in on Day 1 and will be assigned their luggage color at that time. Everyone with the same color luggage tags stays at the same house so we need to coordinate this - since luggage tag color is normally assigned based upon the first letter of your last name, anyone with a last name beginning with A-L needs to say they are sharing a tent with someone with a last name starting with "W"! 
* Camping in host families' yards, except for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights when we have indoor accommodations!
* Everyone is responsible for bringing their own tent... or buddy up with a friend (FYI - REI rents tents, sleeping bags and pads, etc).
* Tent set-up available - make your arrangements directly with the CUBS crew ($). 
* In-home shower and restroom facilities courtesy of our host families. 
* Daily lite continental breakfast; snacks, pop and beer at the end of the day. 



Logistics / Services / Amenities

* Free lot parking available at Lincoln Hall Middle School for anyone who needs to leave their car for the week. 
* Team jersey and T-shirt for all CUBS riders.
* Banquet dinner.
* No luggage restrictions but use good judgement - prefer 2 bags/person (one tent and sleeping gear, one clothing)and nothing too heavy. Keep bags to 40 lb max each, even if it means bringing an 3 bags instead of 2. 
* Don't forget to tag your luggage with your name! 
* Packed tent and bags must be on truck by 8 am daily. 
* Pack enough cycling and casual clothing for the entire week - no laundry facilities available (Hint: Pack each day's ride and casual clothing in its own plastic zip-lock bag). 
* Pack for heat and sun as well as rain and cold! A battery-powered fan is also suggested. 
* Past riders suggested bringing about $300/person in cash to cover daily food and drink along the route; bring debit/credit card for other expenses such as souvenirs, bike repairs, restaurant meals, and any unforeseen expenses.
* Marked route from end-of-day town to host families' homes available by 2 pm each day. 
* Van transport from host families' homes into town if needed; also from one overnight stop to the next if necessary (injury, fatigue, mechanical failure, etc).
* Bike mechanic available for minor repairs.
* Electronics charging available at each overnight stop.
* Massage therapists available (approximately $1.00/minute).
* Charity auction for Camp Courageous (CUBS supported charity). 


See the RAGBRAI and CUBS websites for detailed training, prep/packing, and ride info 


Cancellations / Refunds
Sole discretion of CUBS; handle any inquiries directly with CUBS



Important Dates to Remember - Mark Your Calendar!

Initial Paperwork: Deposit of $360+ due

Feb 9th: Kickoff brunch - open to anyone, registered or not. 11 am, Green House Inn Restaurant on the Misericordia campus at 6300 N. Ridge, Chicago. Cost approximately $22.00, pay at the door. Brunch, followed by a team meeting and the 2014 CUBS jersey reveal! CONTACT KATHI IF PLANNING TO ATTEND - CUBS needs a head count.

Mar 15th: Second installment of $250 due

May 15th: Final installment of $250 due

June 22nd: Meet-and-Greet Pizza Party at Lou Malnati's, 6649 N Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood. Cost: $15/person, pay at the door.

Jul 19th: Leave for RAGBRAI!

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  • Kathy K.

    Good luck Ragbrai riders and have fun!

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Pam W.

    we also have seat wranglers that will grab us 6 seat rows together!
    RAGBRAI!!!!!!!!!
    Remember riders.....once we start our ride, as we may get separated en route, make sure you stop at the beginning of every Pass Thru town, and watch for fellow LCBG riders. Once you see them, just shout out RAGBRAI!!!!!! as loud as you can, and they will know where to stop to wait for the others!
    ......providing we all start the day together, this will work, we did it last year. Hopefully no one else picked up on yelling RAGBRAI this year! ;-)

    4 · July 16, 2014

    • John W.

      Just getting my stuff out now. What was that about not sleeping on the bus?

      1 · July 18, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      You are just packing now?! We have packed and unpacked at least 3 times!

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • Pam W.

    Good News Riders!!!!!!
    Kathi and I will be in charge of handing out the bag tags on Sat. We also got the OK from Brad, CUBS leader, that our group will be able to stay together as a group on the nights we are divided into multiple yards.
    :-)

    4 · July 16, 2014

    • Paul S.

      She still scares me John. Sometimes I think she does have something up her sleeve. Tell me it ain't so Kathi. ;-)

      1 · July 18, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      Sleep with one eye open ;-). RAGBRAI!!!

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • Gary

    I hear there is cow tipping out there. How much do you tip the cow? Is it a standard 16-20%?

    2 · July 18, 2014

  • Pam W.

    From Lee. Performance sale;
    Please let everyone know we have 20% off the sale price on everything in the store so if anyone needs hydration or bibs etc. Today is the day.

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • John W.

      Stopped by the one in Schaumburg this afternoon and got some more gear. Good stuff. I guess I'll never be one of those "minimalists."­

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • John W.

    So,.. thinking this morning about next week, I see 3 possible outcomes based on level or preparatory training:

    1. Will be surprised: more prepared than thought; “no problem here;”

    2. Marginally getting by each day, but “challenged some;”

    3. One big tragic operetta of pain and misery.

    I’m hoping for #2. You? (remember: think positive). :)

    3 · July 17, 2014

    • Pam W.

      And ice cream and fried PBJs

      1 · July 17, 2014

    • Lee R

      And Lime-a-ritas! Right John? With Lime-a-ritas we won't feel any pain anyway!

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • Larry G

    As per usual, I will be there, but not with CUBS.... I'll keep my eyes open for any LCBGrs.... Last year I saw Lee on the route and Kathy, Scott, Pam, and Greg in one of the overnight towns....

    4 · July 17, 2014

    • Pam W.

      We will be wearing our new Jerseys on Wed.

      3 · July 17, 2014

  • Dave D

    Next year!

    2 · July 17, 2014

  • Dave D

    Good luck everyone on RAGBRAI and enjoy the week!

    5 · July 17, 2014

  • Lee R

    Are we excited yet?

    3 · July 16, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      I don't think sleeping is allowed on the bus...

      2 · July 17, 2014

    • Pam W.

      Oh that's right.....just when you're about to doze off, Brad gets up and starts talking......on and on and on........ ;-)

      2 · July 17, 2014

  • Pam W.

    RAGBRAI word of the day:
    Transpoevaporation!

    3 · July 16, 2014

    • John W.

      I think that is where your sweat drips on someone and it evaporates off them?

      3 · July 17, 2014

    • Pam W.

      Could be John! It's just one of those words that stuck in my head from last summer! Corn has it's own climate!

      2 · July 17, 2014

  • Paul S.

    I could be leaving on a month long Mediterranean cruise and not be as stressed out as riding a bike across Iowa! Something is wrong with this picture. Lol

    4 · July 17, 2014

  • John W.

    Sent to Stacy Thomas this AM for silent auction:

    In addition to the desk fountain ($20; which I will bring with on Saturday), also offer the following:

    Four (4) hours of outside laborer to do landscape work at your need (examples: shoveling and delivering mulch or dirt to gardens as needed from pile on driveway; grass cutting; power washing or staining deck; etc.
    (only needs of laborer: 2 beers and good weather)
    Conditions for use: at availability of laborer;
    Guarantee: laborer is old, but durable and has his own work gloves

    1 · July 17, 2014

    • Pam W.

      Maybe client should throw in an extra beer in a frozen mug for doing weeds. ;-)

      1 · July 17, 2014

    • Pam W.

      You'd better tell Stacy to add that part!

      July 17, 2014

  • Pam W.

    Started packing yet????? Here is another list of things you might want to bring:

    http://bikepeople.tv/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Packing-List1.pdf

    2 · July 15, 2014

  • Maureen H.

    Hopefully next year

    3 · July 13, 2014

    • Pam W.

      we do have an opening this year.....just saying! ;-)

      1 · July 13, 2014

    • Maureen H.

      I used almost all my vacation days for my Divorce this year. Next year, I should have more freedom. I did just plan a spring trip to Sedona with my Aunt though....

      3 · July 13, 2014

  • Pam W.

    RIDERS..............the JERSEY"S ARE HERE!!!!!!
    And they look AWESOME!!!!! :-D

    I will have them with me at tonight's ride as well as the Friday ride. Then again next Wed. So make your plans to pick yours up!

    Message me if you can not make any of these times and we will work something out.

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • Pam W.

    RAGBRAI---ers....... Rock Valley is selling these fund raising shirts to help in their flood relief efforts. Wouldn't it be great to roll into Rock Valley, get off the bus wearing one of these tshirts???

    You can help with the flood relief by ordering this special t-shirt:

    http://ragbrairockvalley.com/product/rockvalley-overcome-t-shirt/

    2 · June 30, 2014

  • Pam W.

    RAGBRAI checklist is in the Files here on MeetUp. Go to the More button to find the files

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Lee R

    Who's got a packing list?

    1 · June 29, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      There's one on the CUBS site

      1 · June 30, 2014

  • Kathi T.

    Woo hoo! Welcome aboard, Julie!

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Kathi T.

    CUBS meet-and-greet at Lou Malnati's, Sat, June 22nd, 5-7 pm! Did everyone get the email? Who's in? Me definitely, Scott maybe. This is a good event to attend - everything you always wanted to know about riding RAGBRAI with CUBS and what to expect on the ride!

    1 · May 22, 2014

    • Larry G

      I didn't get the e-mail????

      May 23, 2014

    • Larry G

      Oh, wait.... I'm not going with C.U.B.S....

      May 23, 2014

  • Lee R

    Saw bones says I can go!

    2 · March 22, 2014

    • John W.

      Yay Lee!

      1 · May 23, 2014

    • John W.

      from the web page, you're definitely burning some miles getting ready. Good for you Lee!

      2 · May 23, 2014

  • Pam W.

    I may have recruited a curler from MN!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Pam W.

    3 · March 11, 2014

  • Pam W.

    There are now 51 registered riders....

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • John W.

      Wow; someone did some heavy marketing!

      3 · March 10, 2014

  • Pam W.

    as of this morning, there are 49 registered riders for the CUBS bus......if you have friends on the fence, the time to act is now!

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Pam W.

    OK riders...here's the route in detail! Watch the video....

    http://ragbrai.com/2014/03/08/ragbrai-route-6-rookie-towns-on-this-years-ride/

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Paul S.

    I'm in !!!!! A few problems, but the paper work and check are in the mail. Thanks for all your help Kathi. Whoot Whoot! and Root Beer too. Spring and Ragbrai cant get here soon enough.

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • John W.

    Kathy & Pam: Are you going to register on your own; or are you going to register through CUBS? Thanks

    January 28, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      We have registered through CUBS!

      1 · January 28, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      John, if you register thru CUBS come on back here and RSVP "yes" so we can keep you in the loop with what's going on within our little group inside of CUBS!

      2 · January 28, 2014

  • Kathi T.

    I'm not planning on attending the Kickoff Brunch at this time but would be happy to do so if anyone is going and is looking for some company! This brunch is open to anyone - as well as their guests - who would like to find out more about what to expect on the ride with the CUBS team. I highly recommend attending if you're the least bit interested in riding with us!

    January 26, 2014

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