CVC RAGBRAI Charter Perks
CVC has run a highly-recommended charter service for over 30 years. We take up to 160 people with two 26-foot rental trucks.
CVC’s charter bus leaves from a parking lot in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area where you may safely leave your car parked for the week at no charge.
If you are coming from out of state you can ship your boxed bike to us a week ahead of departure. That way you do not need to worry about how to get your bicycle from the airport to the start town or to the charter bus. And your bike box or case will be at the end town for you to get your bike ready to transport home. Contact us at the link below if you need to take advantage of shipping. RAGBRAI@RideCVC.org
Camp sites…..Our club scouts and reserves a campsite in each overnight town. We may be located in the main campground or at another site, but we always strive to have good grass and shade (if possible) for camping with food, restrooms, shuttle bus routes and entertainment reasonably accessible.
Directions to CVC campsite….Our Charter Workers put up large bright yellow Cedar Valley Cyclists signs along the bike route into town to direct you straight to where CVC is camped. In addition, we provide a pocket-size card with the location of every town’s campground and we send a daily text message with directions to those riders who sign up in advance.
Canopy…Cedar Valley Cyclists has a 20 foot by 30-foot canopy. Many campgrounds have little or no shade so the canopy is very nice on sunny days or rainy days.
Beverages….CVC provides coolers with iced water and other beverages under the canopy. Payment is on the honor system, so we ask that you contribute for what you consume. It is nice to know that after a long day you can find your favorite drink right at camp. Our Charter Workers try to honor reasonable requests for beverages.
Chairs…CVC brings about 50 plastic chairs for everyone to use under the canopy.
Luggage…..There is no limit on luggage. Bring as many bags as you need, but pack only what you will need and use (there is a checklist link below if you need assistance). Please consider 3+ smaller bags, rather than one monster bag that weighs a ton. Our policy is each single bag should weigh no more than 50 pounds when dry. Bags are unloaded and placed in rows each day. The Charter Workers do their best to keep the bags dry, and if it rains they will cover the bags with large sheets of plastic.
Shower Stalls….CVC brings 4 shower stalls to use with solar shower bags. You bring your own solar shower bag (2 1/2 or 3 gallon size preferred if possible). Your bag is filled each day and placed in the sun to warm. The bags get very warm on a sunny day. On an overcast day the solar bags only heat up partially. With 4 shower stalls our line is never very long. You can always go to a school or pool and pay for a shower (typically $5 or $6) though the line frequently can be long and the water might be cold.
Restroom Facilities….Some campgrounds have restrooms and others do not. As a result, CVC will be providing our own porta-potties (known as Kybos on RAGBRAI) in each overnight town. There will also be water available nearby and hand sanitizing stations.
Odds and Ends….Cedar Valley Cyclists also brings floor pumps to air up tires and electric air pumps to inflate air mattresses. We are set up to charge cell phones and other electronic devices. You need to bring your own charger. For an additional fee one of our Charter Workers may even set up your tent.