• Riverside Adventure Company (map)
  • 100 Avenue D & H North
  • Riverside, PA 17868
  • United States

RAGBRAI XLV

(It is always the last full week of July.)

The oldest, largest and longest rolling bicycle party in the world. 

If you don't know what RAGBRAI is about; take a few minutes (or hours) clicking around this page.  Start with the video directly below.  After that, click around the buttons that link to our past Team Pestilence experiences.  It's always fun, and always unique each year.  Everyone leaves RAGBRAI with their own unique experience.

When you are done looking around, see if you don't agree: 

RAGBRAI is MAGICAL!  

It's got a feeling and vibe all it's own.  Like nothing else in this world.  By the end, you too will be saying:

IOWA: 75% vowels.  100% Awesome!

RAGBRAI®, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride/party across the state. 

WEBSITES for ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
http://www.ragbrai.com

This is a BIG TRIP and it will take some time for you to get up to speed.  So, kick back, click around this site a bit and get ready to book a unique trip that combines Mardi Gras with the Tour de France!


RAC OFFERS THREE WAYS TO DO RAGBRAI

Welcome to TEAM PESTILENCE!

If you decide to join our team of riders who generally call home the area in and around Pennsylvania, I can assure you, you are joining a fraternity of cyclists of varying levels of fitness and interest who all share the common goal of having a BLAST at RAGBRAI!

We all bring different things to the table...and that's just fine with RAGBRAI.  This tour across Iowa is composed of thousands of cycling enthusiasts, but the beauty is: no two people in this massive crowd, will have the same experience.  And even more than that: it's never the same event two years in a row.  This means you can do RAGBRAI year after year, and always find something new to see and do!


OPTION 1 - Transportation only:

RAGBRAI - Transportation only
from 100.00
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For between $100. - $200.00/person (depending on your needs) we will drive you, your bike and your gear to the end city on the eastern border of Iowa.  From there, you can camp, and then jump on a shuttle service to the other side of state. The RAC TRANSPORTATION ONLY OPTION allows you to do all the things that RAGBRAI offers completely self guided. And RAGBRAI offers a lot of things to do. Visit their website to learn all about the options.

 

Transportation only options are best for the following kinds of situations:

  • If you are the kind of person that likes to do everything yourself and experience RAGBRAI on the most stripped-down, basic, core level - this might be for you.  
  • If you want to do RAGBRAI for the least possible cost, this method might also be for you.
  • If you just need to get to RAGBRAI, but plan to use another outfitter. (like Pork Belly)

 But be warned: RAGBRAI can be a hot and humid week of riding.  You might be miserable at times, and wondering why on earth you have exposed yourself to this sweaty, sticky, cycling trip from hell.  After a few days, you do regain perspective, and begin to enjoy the ride again, but we just want to be "up-front" about the learning curve.

To always get the latest information the absolute fastest way possible join our Facebook RAGBRAI event page here.

*Remember, select this option if you want transportation leaving (and possibly returning to) our Riverside PA location ONLY!

*ALSO NOTE!* - Riverside Adventure Company reserves the right to "bump" Transportation only participants in favor of full Team PA Pestilence riders.  This will take place before July 4th holiday, if adjustments need to happen.


  OPTION 2 - TEAM PA PESTILENCE "Rabble" experience: 

RAGBRAI - "Rabble" Team Pestilence experience
from 350.00

Transportation, supported and unsupported

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This was the full RAGBRAI experience in 2015 and in 2016.  Riverside Adventure Company plans to take what we learned in past RAGBRAI and apply it to this year.  But this time, as a team of Central PA cyclists that we call TEAM PA PESTILENCE! 

We came up with this name after watching 10,000 cyclist ride, eat, drink, and generally ravage their way across Iowa when we last completed the ride.  To our way of thinking, that looks more like a biblical plague than a cycling event.  So we figure, let’s just go with that idea, and take it to the next level.  Let’s embrace our Locust-like-selves! 

It will be a combination of days of riding with the large group (from this point referred to as "the rabble") and some time spent outside the larger group with people or organizations that specialize in supporting RAGBRAI riders and adding some "creature comforts". 

Included in this package:

INCLUSION IN "TEAM PA PESTILENCE"

This means you get to travel with, party and ride as the locust you know you are.

ROUND TRIP TRANSPORTATION

For you, your gear and your bike.  Use the guidelines found on our webpage and on the RAGBRAI website to determine what to bring and how much to bring.  This is a huge topic, so make sure you take some time to familiarize yourself with both websites prior to leaving for the trip.


RAGBRAI fees 

(These get paid directly to RAGBRAI and get us week-long luggage service, overnight locations, and admission wristbands.  For full details in regard to RAGBRAI fees and services rendered please click HERE.

Team PA Pestilence & RAGBRAI jerseys

The RAGBRAI Jersey will be the standard issue Jersey for that year.  The team PA Pestililence jersey will be unique and distinctive.  A unique look is important because it helps you easily locate people in your team in a crowd of 10000 cyclists.  Our cool Team Pestilence riding Jersey will include a set of antenna and extra locust arms to attach to your custom jersey for the full "Pestilence/locust" look!  You will love it!

So you will leave RAGBRAI with two jerseys you can sport proudly once you get home!

Cross State shuttle

We park on the east cost of Iowa in the end town, then we need a shuttle across the state to the start town.

Mid-week stay in a bed with electricity and other comforts.

It's nice to see how the "other folks" are living during RAGBRAI.  Some people like to do it with the rabble for the excitement and "ground zero" effect that offers.  Others like a slightly more supported, relaxed experience.  After a few days of the RAGBRAI grind, RAC reasoned, why not spend a day somewhere more "comfy" so that TEAM PESTILENCE can see what creature comforts other plans offer along the way.  Maybe you like it, maybe you don't, but either way: we'll have extra stuff to talk about on the long ride home.

In 2015 our team stayed in the University of northern Iowa dorm room.  They offered "extra services" like laundry service, dry towels and hot shower with short lines and other "luxuries".  These things will look REALLY GOOD come midweek, so that is why we will pay them a visit at this time.  Details will be forthcoming once the route is announced.

To always get the latest information the absolute fastest way possible join our Facebook RAGBRAI event page here.

Overnight near or around the finish town

From doing RAGBRAI in previous years, we know that after riding the last leg of the event, the absolute LAST thing you want to do is get your smelly, sweaty, filty bottom into the van and get driving.  What you really want to do is regroup.  This is why we insist on an overnight stay in or around the finish town.  After all that riding, and fun, you need a good night sleep in a bed and a shower before heading out.  To do otherwise, frankly isn't safe.

FYI - Overall Budget total trip cost estimate/person
$235.00 (pocket money based on a kind of stingy $35/person/day)
$985.00 (Team PA Pestilence/person)
$1,220.00/person for the week*.

*This is about HALF the price of driving yourself, and trying to arrange for your own lodging! 

Team PA Pestilence - we share the ride in our van.  Our group shares the ride costs and our guests never have to touch the steering wheel. Sleep if you want or party your way to Iowa.

MUCH MORE WILL BE SAID ABOUT THIS IN UPCOMING MONTHS IN "JOURNAL" SECTION OF THE WEBSITE.  ALWAYS CLICK THERE FOR UPDATES AND SEARCH THE ENTIRE SITE USING "RAGBRAI" AS YOUR SEARCH WORD TO MAKE SURE YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL!


Option 3 - Team PA Pestilence - "The Rapture"

RAGBRAI - "RAPTURE" - Team Pestilence experience
from 500.00

Our Fully Supported, all inclusive package

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NEW FOR 2017, we will offer this FULLY SUPPORTED version of RAGBRAI at the request of the team:

RAPTURE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

- Leave Friday at 4:00 p.m. (not 5:00 a.m.)
- Arrive at the western start town between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday (effectively eliminating 12 hours of trip costs and two meals).
- Do RAGBRAI (weeklong wristband and all that goes with it).
- Get two jerseys (one RAGBRAI, one Pestilence)
- Have accommodations for 6 to sleep in beds (pop-up trailer). We would alternate between beds and tents.
- Have on site electric for charging electronics.
- Have some shade, chairs, misting coolers, etc.
- Have some hot showers and clean towels (no lines).
- Have someone set up tents for you.
- Have cold drinks waiting for you at the end of each day.
- Have coffee, tea, bagels, etc each morning before leaving.
- Have air service for bikes tires.
- Have a bike stand for mechanical needs.
- Have at least one day of laundry service available.
- Maybe have halfway point SAG support (will depend on the day).
- a dedicated person to help riders each day (me).

Things "Rapture" wouldn't have that the "Rabble" experience does have:
- Cross state charter bus (not needed. You use our vehicle exclusively for this version).
- RAGBRAI luggage trucks not necessary - but optional.
- The middle of the week dorm/residence stay.  Everyday will be an upgraded day.
- Less waiting in lines.
- Less daily costs for food and drinks.
- Better food and drinks.
- No daily luggage claim grind, and tent set-up.

Estimated price point: $1,500/person
(but consider the fact that you will save time, drink money, breakfast money, and some of the associated costs - and it may be a wash overall).

*PLUS* -  All the planning, transportation, and logistics offered in the "rabble" version of the trip.  100% leave all the details to us!

To always get the latest information the absolute fastest way possible join our Facebook RAGBRAI event page here.

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