For information specific to your 2017 starting overnight town, Orange City, please call us at (712)-707-4510, or fill out the form below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kinds of accommodations are available in the overnight towns?
Because of the small size of the towns, RAGBRAI is primarily a camping event. All towns provide adequate space in their official campgrounds at no charge, so the best option is to pack a tent. Most communities don’t have hotels or housing for the large numbers of riders. You can check for hotels in the area after the route is announced in January. You can request housing in the overnight towns after May 1st.
Can I leave a vehicle at the ending or beginning town?
Yes. Charter service is available at both ends of the route. There also will be charter service from Des Moines and other cities. There will be a nominal charge for parking for the week in the beginning or ending town. Long term parking information will be on the starting and ending town’s web sites as well as the RAGBRAI website around May 1st. It will also be in RAGBRAI’s Participant Guide, which is sent with your wristband packet in June. Do not contact the starting or ending town for parking information prior to May 1st.
Can I get transportation from home to the start and back again from the finish?
There are round-trip charters from Des Moines, St. Louis, Omaha, the Quad Cities, Lanesboro, Minnesota, and other towns. Information about these charters can be found on the RAGBRAI Web site under RAGBRAI Charter Services. Click here for Charter Services. Many of these charters were sold out well before the ride started, so be sure to arrange your services early. You may be able to link up with fellow travelers on the Forum on RAGBRAI’s Web site.
What time can I start biking on RAGBRAI?
Designated RAGBRAI hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. when support vehicles will be on the route. We recommend that no biker start out before sunrise or finish after 6 p.m. On the final day, Saturday, the route closes at 2 p.m.