About RBBC and RAGBRAI:
What is RBBC?
The Riverbend Bicycle Club (RBBC) is bike club based out of Clinton, IA. We are also an official RAGBRAI Charter Service. The club is an organization of people interested in the joys of safe bicycling. As a club our goal is to provide an opportunity for bicyclists to enjoy fellowship with fellow cyclists, discuss issues concerning bicycling, and brag about their most recent cycling adventures. It is also the goal of RBBC to promote safe bicycle riding, inform the public of the advantages and needs of bicyclist everywhere, and spur interest in cycling to grow the sport through an educated public and bicyclist themselves.
What is the RBBC charter service?
We offer a charter service to bike club members and non-members. Our charter service provides a bus ride from the end town to the start town and transports your luggage for the week. We meet in the end town on the Friday night and Saturday morning before the ride starts to load bicycles in trucks for transport. Saturday morning riders take a bus ride across the state, arriving at the start town Saturday afternoon. This is where the fun(Chaos?) begins. Starting Sunday morning riders will pack up their camping gear and get their bikes ready for the day. Riders bags must be loaded on the truck by 7:30 am, and will be transported by the crew from Argo Moving to the next town while the riders are on the route. When riders get to the next overnight town there will be signs directing riders to our campsite. Some of the great advantages of riding with RBBC:
- Predetermined camping locations
- Bike pumps and tools
- Coffee in the morning
- Charging station for cell phones and other electronics
- FREE soda, water, and other drinks.
- Canopies to stay out of the sun
- Chairs to relax in after a long day of riding
- Great friendly group of riders
What is RAGBRAI?
It means many things to many people, but basically it is a bicycle ride across the state of Iowa, starting on the west side of the state, crossing to the Mississippi River. The ride starts the last full week in July on Sunday and finishes the following Saturday. The distance varies but will be approximately 500 miles give or take 30 or 40 miles. What’s 30 or 40 miles? Iowa is flat and in July the weather is cool, balmy and no rain……??? Did I say that! Must be a misprint.
There is a bike expo, sponsored by the Register, the midway (get your t-shirts early the good ones in the right size will be gone by Monday), bike shops, food, more food, and more food and friends you did not see for a year. Ten or Twelve thousand riders means about 20,000 people in the starting town; not including the town residents. This means the bikers outnumber the townspeople 2 or 3 to one for one night and then move on. Somewhere around 15,000 riders and support people will pick up and move to the next overnight town and start all over again. This will continue for the rest of the week until the same 20,000 people invade the ending town and say goodbye until next year.
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