Friday, October 17, 2014


With RAGBRAI registration opening Saturday, Nov. 15, I’d like to take a minute to refresh everyone about how to sign up. 

RAGBRAI veterans will receive an e-mail with registration instructions. Virgins will first need to create a profile at the RAGBRAI Web site. You will then want to join the group CoeBRAI (#32344) before submitting your entry. The new registration system will allow riders to pay the $160 RAGBRAI fee (plus any apparel purchases) by credit card at the time of registration. For simplicity, I’d prefer to collect all payments and then send RAGBRAI one large check for our group.

Two vans and a moving truck have been reserved to transport 21 week-long riders and their bikes. We will NOT be adding vans to accommodate overflow. Fees for Team CoeBRAI will remain $450 for Coe alumni, faculty, staff and students. In an effort to ensure priority for Coe folks, those who don’t fit into one of these categories will pay $500. Half of the fee is due as a non-refundable deposit by March 1, along with a completed (online) entry form and signed waiver. The other half will be due July 1.

Checks should be made out to Coe College and sent to Lonnie Zingula at Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

The fee includes the official RAGBRAI entry fee, transportation to and from Cedar Rapids and the starting/ending towns and within each overnight town, some meals, and snacks and non-alcoholic beverages at each overnight stop. We will again be producing a Team CoeBRAI jersey, but it is not included in the entry fee. Information on ordering a jersey will be provided after the first of the year. This will be completely optional.

While many people participate in RAGBRAI without registering (aka: riding rogue), it is Team CoeBRAI policy that all riders and drivers be officially registered. You can certainly save money by riding unregistered, but you’ll need to find another team. Team CoeBRAI plays by the rules.

Here are some important dates to remember:

Nov. 15 – RAGBRAI XLIII registration opens
Jan. 24 – RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party
March 1 – First half of payment due to CoeBRAI
April 1 – Deadline for weeklong rider registration
May 1 – Lottery results posted
May 15 – Deadline to request a registration refund
July 1 – Final payment due to CoeBRAI
July 17 – CoeBRAI preload
July 18 – transport from Coe to start town
July 19-25 – RAGBRAI XLIII
July 25 – transport from end town to Coe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mission accomplished

For the record, 28 members completed RAGBRI XLII this afternoon after a scenic 70-mile trek from Independence that featured beautiful landscapes, fast descents and two challenging climbs.

I'll write more tomorrow, after a good night's rest. For now, a picture.

Friday, July 25, 2014

An epic ride to Independence

Epic and memorable were among the kindest words used to describe Friday's 67-mile ride from Waverly to Independence. Other descriptors are not fit for print.

Waking to heavy rain in Waverly, most of our group wasn't dissuaded from the challenge and endured rain, strong headwind and cool temperatures for most of the morning. Team captain Lonnie Zingula opted out and is writing this post on second-hand reports.

One of our riders was treated for hypothermia in Tripoli, where Coe alumna Chastity Kalise Mueller had set up a special stop for Team CoeBRAI. A hot shower, dry clothes and rest were just what the doctor ordered, literally, for Kathy Matthes, who plans to finish the journey tomorrow.

Hosted for the second time in Independence by Steve and Mary Ohl, a calm night is anticipated before we make an early morning run to the river.

Sixty-nine hilly miles are all that remains of RAGBRAI XLII and CoeBRAI X. If all goes as planned, we'll be dipping our tires in the Mississippi by mid-afternoon.