Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Let the registrations begin

I wanted to be sure to give anyone who is considering riding RAGBRAI this year the opportunity to join the Coe College team. The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is scheduled for July 19-25, 2009. The formal registration process is now underway.

Fees have been set at $375 (a $25 increase over 2008). Of this, $200 is due to Coe by March 1, along with payment for any merchandise you order from RAGBRAI, your completed (online) entry form and signed waiver from the RAGBRAI Web site. The remaining $175 will be due July 1.

The fee includes the official $140 RAGBRAI entry fee (a $15 increase over 2008), a Team CoeBRAI jersey and license plate, bus transportation to and from Cedar Rapids and the starting/ending towns, and snacks and non-alcoholic beverages at each overnight stop.

Additionally, participants should plan to spend $20-$30 per day on food and beverages, bike repairs, showers, etc. Participants will also be able to hire our drivers to set up and/or tear down tents for an extra fee to be negotiated with individual riders who are interested in such a service.

RAGBRAI begins somewhere near Iowa's western border and ends along the eastern border at the Mississippi River. Overnight towns will be announced soon in the Des Moines Register. Again this year, we will seek hosts from among the Coe community at each of the overnight towns.

The first step is to fill out the interest form at the CoeBRAI Web site. Once you're ready to join, you may register online. After creating your profile (or logging in to your RAGBRAI account for veterans), you should choose to join the group CoeBRAI (#32344) before submitting your entry. Please do not send signed waivers or any payments to RAGBRAI. Instead, those should be sent to me, the group contact.

Although the online entry deadline is April 1, we encourage you to meet our March 1 deadline for the initial payment so that we can have a handle on the number of participants, which will be capped at 30. Registered riders who must cancel for any reason will receive refunds according to the following sliding scale: 75% on or before May 1, 50% on or before June 1 and 25% on or before July 1. While we understand that life happens, we must insist on a no-refund policy for cancellations after July 1.

I hope that's enough information to get you started. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me. Information will also be communicated on our Web site and on this blog.

Ride on!

Lonnie Zingula
Team CoeBRAI captain

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