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RAGBRAI Charters FAQ

Q: Do your charters include credentials?

A: No, You must sign up for credentials separate from our charter. You may do so as an individual through the Ragbrai.com or with a club.

Q: How do I sign up for your charter?

A: Click here to sign up. We use eventbright for our charter signup.

Q: How do I get to the campsite?

A: We will send out maps with the campsite some time in July and will have signs posted from the beginning of the town to our campsite each day. An example of our sign is on the right side of the page.

We are excited to announce we will be using Ride with GPS so our maps will now be interactive and you will have turn by turn directions with the maps.

Q:Where does Bikes To You’s RAGBRAI Charter start?

A: Our RAGBRAI Charters originate from Grinnell and the end town.  If you are joining us in Grinnell we encourage all our riders to spend the night before and after in Grinnell and enjoy our wonderful small town.

Q: Can I fly in?

A: Yes.  We offer an airport shuttle service from Des Moines for $50.  Please fly into Des Moines Intonation Airport the Friday before and fly out the Sunday after.  We will pick you up and drop you off.  You can sign up when you sign up for the Charter Service.

Q: What if a friend wants to join?

A: We offer a referral program.  For every new customer that writes your name down as the person who referred them; you will receive a $25 gift card to our store.

Q: Where can I spend the night in Grinnell

A: Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast, Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, and Marsh House Bed and Breakfast are all within walking distance.  We will build a Lodging in Grinnell page in the near future with all the contact information.

Click here for a full list of options in Grinnell.

Q: Can I just ride a few days?

A: Yes.  If you are joining mid week and leaving mid week you will need to find transportation to and from the ride.  You can type in the promotional link at the top of our registration page A-La-Carte and it will show our full list of offerings.

Q: How do I charge my phone while on RAGBRAI?

A: We have two charging stations in our campsite for people to charge their electronics.

Q: What should I pack?

A: This is dependent on what level of service you have sign up for. Below is a list of what you need to either pack or have arrangements for someone to provide.

  • Sleeping bag or other bedding
  • Sleeping pad, air-mattress, or cot
  • Tent
  • Bicycling clothing (we suggest at least three sets of riding clothing many prefer to have one per day) We suggest that each days clothing set are packed in gallon zip-lock bags.  Tents are not tsunami proof.
  • Non riding clothing.  Doesn't have to be fancy just something so you are not always in your bicycling gear. you probably want 
  • Something warm.  Pack at least a pair of pants and a sweatshirt.  Yes it is Iowa in July but you will be surprised at how many years it has gotten cool in the evening
  • Toiletries- Shampoo, Soap, towel, Deodorant
  • Cycling shoes (if you own them)
  • Bicycle
  • Sunscreen

If you are on our tent service or RAGBRAI In Style you may remove the sleeping pad tent and camp chair from your list.

Q: What should I not pack?

A: Computers and anything breakable

Still have Questions feel free to email our charter director kyle@bikestoyou.com or call our store 641-236-8600