Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CoeBRAI registration deadline looms

With a March 1 registration deadline around the corner, open spots remain on the Coe College RAGBRAI team. To date, 17 people have joined Team CoeBRAI and registered for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The team will be capped at 30 week-long riders, so act fast if you want to participate.

Complete details are available at That is also where you’ll be able to order a custom Coe biking jersey once the design is finalized. This year we’re working to incorporate a painting by Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art Peter Thompson, who will be joining us on the ride.

I know it’s difficult to make plans for July in February, but logistics require that we follow this timetable and it is our policy that all participants must be registered. If you are still planning to join, could you let me know and fill out a registration? If you are no longer interested, let me know and I’ll stop badgering you.

For those who can only manage a couple days, we can accommodate part-time riders also at a fee of $50 per day. Half of the total is due March 1, along with your online registration and signed waiver. The remaining half will be due July 1.
As space allows, transportation may also be available from Cedar Rapids to Sioux City on July 24 ($75) and/or from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids on July 31 ($35).

Registered CoeBRAI riders who must cancel for any reason will receive refunds according to the following sliding scale: 75 percent on or before May 1, 50 percent on or before June 1 and 25 percent on or before July 1. While we understand that life happens, we must insist on a no-refund policy for cancellations after July 1. (In other words, by registering now and paying the initial $200, you're only risking $50 by May 1, $100 by June 1 and $150 by July 1.)

RAGBRAI XXXVIII will treat riders to one of the shortest and flattest routes ever as it winds through northern Iowa from Sioux City to Dubuque. That combination means the 10,000 riders will navigate a 442-mile route that ranks as third-easiest historically, at least as far as hills and mileage go.

Beginning in Sioux City on July 24, the ride will stop in Storm Lake (July 25), Algona (July 26), Clear Lake (July 27), Charles City (July 28), Waterloo (July 29), and Manchester (July 30) before ending in Dubuque on July 31. It’s the sixth shortest route of all time and the 14,527 total feet of climb ranks as the fifth lowest in RAGBRAI history.

We are again actively seeking hosts from among the Coe family at each of the overnight towns. If you know someone in one of the overnights who would like to host us, send me their contact information. Openings remain in Storm Lake, Algona and Manchester.

You’ve got two weeks to 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. Checks should be made payable to Coe College.

Although the Register's 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.

Information will also be communicated on our Web site and on this blog. You can also follow CoeBRAI on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, contact Team CoeBRAI captain Lonnie Zingula at or (319) 399-8613.

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