Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Clock ticking on CoeBRAI participation

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Below is a nearly identical post to one I posted a few weeks shy of a year ago.

As the April 1 RAGBRAI registration deadline nears, this is my final push for week-long riders. (Part-timers are a subject for another day.)

Of the 30 full-time biker slots on Team CoeBRAI, 27 have been claimed. That leaves three openings.

After obtaining my blessing, you will want to register on the RAGBRAI Web site and join the group CoeBRAI (#32344) before submitting your entry. Please do not send any payments to RAGBRAI. Instead, those should be sent -- along with a copy of your waiver -- to me, the group contact. (Checks made out to Coe sent to my attention at 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.)

Fees for Team CoeBRAI will remain $400. Of this, $200 is due March 1 along with a completed (online) entry form and signed waiver. The remaining $200 will be due July 1. (Don't forget to add the cost of any merchandise you may choose to order through RAGBRAI.)

The fee includes the official $150 RAGBRAI entry fee, a Team CoeBRAI jersey (preliminary draft pictured here), bus transportation to and from Cedar Rapids and the starting/ending towns, nightly accommodations with generous hosts along the route, some meals, and snacks and non-alcoholic beverages at each overnight stop.
Please don't wait until March 31 to contact me as I will surely have closed our group by then. Also, part-timers, relax. I'll get to you after lottery results are announced May 1.

As for the overnights, we're all set in Sioux Center, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids and Anamosa. Hosts are still needed in Cherokee, Lake View and Webster City. While hosts with ties to Coe are preferred, we're not so picky. Any and all accommodation options will be considered.