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All participants must arrive at the main transportation staging point by 7:30 am
unless you are staying at the Chicago hotel the previous night, parking your car in Chicago during the week of RAGBRAI, or arriving on several specific Metra train lines (see below)

Main Transportation Staging Point
All participants must arrive at the main transportation staging point by 7:30 am unless you are staying at the Chicago hotel the previous night without your own transportation, parking your car in Chicago during the week of RAGBRAI, or arriving on several specific Metra train lines (see below)

  • Click Here for more information about the Main Transportation Staging Point.

Arrival Using Local Public Transportation
You will be able to arrive at the Chicago staging point before the check in time if you take any CTA L trains or bus.

If you will be arriving in Chicago on most Metra trains, you will be able to arrive at the main transportation staging point at or very close to our staging time including the walking time from the train station. However, the following trains arrive in Chicago up to 45 minutes after our check in time:

We can still accommodate you if you will be arriving on one of these train lines since we will still be busy checking people in and loading their bikes and baggage, but you must inform us you will be doing so when you register so that we will expecting you to arrive late. If you do not specifically inform us that you will be arriving on one of these Metra trains we will not wait for you.

  • Click Here for the earliest arrival and latest departure times in downtown Chicago for all CTA L and Metra train lines.

Chicago Hotel and Parking Garage Transportation Staging Points
We will pick up your bicycle directly at the Chicago hotel and parking garage because they are too far to quickly, easily, or safely transport both your bicycle and baggage to the main transportation staging point yourself. You must pre-register to have us do this otherwise you must transport your bike to the main transportation staging point yourself. We will pick up bikes at these locations before the main transportation staging point since this spreads out the work to be done and ensures the fastest and most efficient departure time from Chicago and arrival time at the start of RAGBRAI.

  • Click Here for more information about the Chicago Hotel.
  • Click Here for more information about the Chicago Parking Garage.

We will pick up bikes at the Chicago hotel promptly at 6:30 am then immediately come over to the parking garage to pick up bikes there.

We will only pick up your bicycle and not your baggage or any participants. We will not transport any baggage because we will quickly become extremely busy after we arrive at the main transportation staging site and won't be able to adequately watch your baggage after we unload it from our truck. Having you carry your own baggage yourself ensures that your baggage remains within your control and secure at all times and that it also gets properly loaded onto the coach bus. We also won't be able to transport any participants themselves because we won't have enough seats for everyone in our moving truck. We also don't want to use the coach bus to picking up participants because it would then sit empty longer at the main transportation staging point, increasing the congestion there as well as the cost for every participant.

You will still need to transport yourself and your baggage to the main transportation staging point after we pick up your bicycle and there are plenty of options to do so quickly and easily. By far the best option is to split a taxicab with your fellow participants and we estimate this would cost approximately $12.00 (plus $1.50 per additional passenger) and is only about a 10 minute ride. Otherwise you could also take a Green Line or Pink Line CTA L train from the hotel or a #20 Madison CTA bus part of the way from the parking garage.

  • Click Here for more information about the CTA L Train Stations serving the Chicago Hotel and Main Transportation Point.
  • Click Here for more information about Local Bus Service in Chicago.

Pre-Event Bicycle Drop Off
We will be accepting and pre-loading bicycles onto our moving truck at the main transportation staging point in Chicago from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on the Thursday and Friday before the start of RAGBRAI!

Taking advantage of this service could be very convenient for you, particularly if you work downtown and/or will be arriving using public transportation. You won't have to deal with the hassle of transporting your bike and all your baggage with you all at the same time among everyone else who will be arriving early Saturday morning, and you might not have to convince your friends or family to give you a ride. By pre-loading as many bikes as possible beforehand, it will also help assure a much quicker departure time for everyone from Chicago.

  • Click Here for more information about the Main Transportation Staging Point.

There are a few limitations to this service:

  • We can only accommodate upright style bikes only. We cannot accept any oversized bicycles (recumbents, tandems, etc.)
  • You can only drop off your bicycle, but not your baggage or any other gear (helmets, panniers, etc.) This is because there is only enough room to securely store your bicycle on our moving truck. Your baggage will be transported underneath our coach busses anyways.
  • This opportunity is limited to the first 26 people on a first come, first serve basis because our truck can only fit 26 bikes inside.
  • Bikes can only be dropped off during the hours only listed above. Bikes cannot be dropped off at any other times because they we cannot guarantee they will be secure at all times otherwise.
  • There is no post-event drop-off. All participants must take their bikes with them after the end of RAGBRAI.
  • Pre-registration is required. This way we know who to expect, we can load bikes in the proper order for unloading in the RAGBRAI starting town, and won't overbook or miss anyone who is depending on us.

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