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General Company Wide Updates

RAGBRAI Transportation Service Specific Updates for the 2017 Season

5/1/17

  • Now that the RAGBRAI lottery results have been announced, your RAGBRAI rider number is required for all new registrations.

4/26/17

  • If you are planning on parking your car in Chicago long term you should purchase your parking reservation online before you arrive. Doing this is actually less expensive than the posted rates at the garage and significantly helps assure a timely departure from Chicago. Click Here for more information.

4/14/17

  • We will be offering a free pre-event bicycle drop off service in Chicago on the Thursday and Friday before the start of RAGBRAI! Click Here for more information.
  • The MegaBus stop in Chicago has changed locations. Click Here for more information.

4/11/17

  • Based on overwhelming preference, our first stop in Chicago after the end of RAGBRAI will now be at the main transportation staging point since this is where the majority of participants will depart from. After we have unloaded all participants and their bicycles and baggage at the Chicago hotel we will proceed over to the Chicago hotel. Click Here for more information.

4/1/17

  • The daily cost for parking in Chicago has increased to $20.00 per weekday. it is still $10.00 per weekend day.

2/13/17

  • Registration for Bubba's Pampered Pedalers charter service during the week is now open! Click Here for more information!

1/22/17

  • Registration for our 2017 RAGBRAI Transportation Service is now open! Click Here to register!
  • RAGBRAI XLV route announced! Starting, Overnight, and Ending Town History updated. Click Here for more information. Click Here for more information.
  • We have updated the comparative rates to driving yourself. Click Here for more information.

1/7/17

  • We have listed our prices from previous years for reference so you can get an estimate of what our prices will be for the current year before the RAGBRAI starting and ending towns are announced and plan your budget. Click Here for more information.

1/5/17

  • Information about the specific locations in the starting and ending towns updated to general information. The RAGBRAI starting and ending towns will inform us of these specific locations around May 1st and we will develop the specific routes and provide more information about them after this time.
  • We will no longer indicate our route to our transportation staging point in the RAGBRAI ending town by using painted road markings designated with "BI" directly on the road. You will need to rely on our paper cue sheet(s) and map and/or the downloaded GPS routes instead.

12/30/16

  • Web site updated with 2017 dates and information.
    • Our transportation service from Chicago to the start of RAGBRAI will occur on Sat. July 22nd, 2017.
    • Our transportation service from the end of RAGBRAI to Chicago will occur on Sat. July 29th, 2017.

Major Previous RAGBRAI Transportation Service Specific Updates

Arrival In and Departure From Chicago

  • Our bike shop and main transportation staging point in Chicago have both changed to the Live Grit triathlon store which is still within walking or biking distance of all local and long distance public transportation options in Chicago. Click Here for more information.
    • The parking garage is now only 0.5 miles from the main transportation staging point and you can easily walk or bike between them. Accordingly, we will no longer need to come over to there to pick up participants on our way out of Chicago or stop there firstto drop off participants after the end of RAGBRAI.
      • If you will be parking your car in Chicago during the week of RAGBRAI, you will now need to walk back to the main transportation staging point after parking your car there and should NOT stay there and wait for us to pick you up on our way to the start of RAGBRAI.
      • After the end of RAGBRAI, you will need to walk over to the parking garage from the main transportation staging point, pick up your car, and drive back over to the the main transportation staging point to pick up your bicycle and baggage.
    • If you are planning on having your bike boxed and shipped to and/or from Chicago you will be able to pick it up and/or drop it off directly at the bike shop yourself since it now also our main transportation staging point. As a result we will no longer need to offer bicycle shipment pick up and delivery service in Chicago.
    • Travel times from all train stations in Chicago to the main transportation staging point have been updated. Click Here for more information.
      • Including the travel time from the train station to our main transportation staging point, the Rock Island District (RI) and Metra Electric District (ME) from 93rd St. and Blue Island (not University Park) trains now also arrive significantly later than our check in time. If you will be arriving on one of these train lines we can still accommodate you, 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.
    • Because the Chicago hotel is too far from the main transportation staging point to quickly, easily, or safely transport both your bike and baggage between them yourself we will have an additional transportation staging point directly at the hotel if you DO NOT have your own car or alternate means of transportation.
      • Before the start of RAGBRAI we will pick up your bicycle and baggage directly at the hotel at 6:30 am Saturday morning. You will still need to transport yourself to the main transportation staging point after we pick up your bicycle and baggage. Click Here for more information.
      • After the end of RAGBRAI our first stop in Chicago will be at the Chicago hotel where we will drop off all participants who are staying there as well as their bikes and baggage. Accordingly, we will be staging up and loading the bicycles and baggage of participants departing at the Chicago hotel last to be able to unload them first in Chicago. Click Here for more information.
    • A quick grab and go type breakfast will now be available only a block away from the main transportation staging point! Click Here for more information.
  • The Metra Electric District (MED) trains to 93rd St. and Blue Island are now departing downtown after our latest possible arrival time in Chicago after the end of RAGBRAI. You will not need to make alternate transportation arrangements if you were planning on taking these trains.
  • Routes added from all Metra train stations to the main transportation staging point by either walking and/or using the CTA L trains. Click Here for more information.
  • We will load the bikes and baggage of people parking their car in Chicago first to allow them plenty of time to drive over to the parking garage and walk back. This will also free up room on the street as they move their cars.

Bicycle and Baggage Transportation

  • We will now use four different colored identification tags to quickly and easily identify and properly stage and load bikes and baggage to be delivered to the different drop off locations at the start of RAGBRAI and in Chicago after the end of RAGBRAI. Bicycle Illinois specific identification tags must now be attached to your bicycle and baggage to be transported, but people themselves do not need to wear a wristband. Click Here for more information.
  • Not including carry on items, the size of each participant's baggage must be limited to 5 square feet so all baggage can fit in the baggage compartments underneath the coach bus. Click Here for more information.

Charter Service During the Week of RAGBRAI

  • We have partnered with Bubba's Pampered Pedalers to provide charter services during the week. Click Here for more information.
  • If you use Bubba's Pampered Pedalers charter service during the week, your baggage will be delivered to our transportation staging point from them and you will not need to transport it yourself or go back to their location at the end of RAGBRAI for any reason. Click Here for more information.
    • We will no longer need to provide a route for you to follow from Bubba's Pampered Pedalers location to our transportation staging point at the end of RAGBRAI.
  • Bubba's Pampered Pedalers now offers a less expensive "Mini-PAMPERING" option. Click Here for more information and Click Here to download the registration form for Bubba's Pampered Pedalers charter service.

Travel Times

  • All actual and estimated travel times have been updated based on previous experience. Click Here for more information. Click Here for more information about the travel time from Chicago to the start of RAGBRAI. Click Here for more information about the travel time from the end of RAGBRAI to Chicago.

Arrival at the RAGBRAI Starting Town

  • We will now have two drop off locations at the start of RAGBRAI, either at our transportation staging point (close to the RAGBRAI main campground) or at Bubba's Pamered Pedalers camping location.
    • We can still drop you off at Bubba's Pamered Pedalers camping location if it is closer to your final destination in the RAGBRAI starting town even if you will not be using their charter services during the week.
    • You must let us know which location you want us to drop you off at so that we can properly load bikes and baggage in Chicago. If you register for our transportation service before these locations have been determined and don't know which location you want use, we will follow up with you after they are determined. Click Here for more information.
    • We will no longer need to provide a route for you to follow from our transportation staging point to the Bubba's Pampered Pedalers camping location at the start of RAGBRAI.

Departure from the RAGBRAI Ending Town

  • We will arrive in the RAGBRAI ending town as early as possible so you have secure, dry place to leave your bicycle and baggage to prevent us from rushing to quickly load everyone's bicycles and baggage all at the same time. We will inform you of our planned arrival time in the ending town after May 1st.

Other Event Services

  • Our policies regarding one way transportation have changed. Click Here for more information.
  • Our capacity has increased to 56 passengers per coach bus.

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