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Welcome to Padre’s Cycle Inn!  Ride with Padre’s. Relax in our Oasis.  Then, get up and repeat the process.  It’s as simple as that!
Ride.  Relax.  Repeat.
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Why Charter?

Do you remember what it’s like to be on a real vacation? A place where someone else has all of the responsibility for your comfort? Wouldn’t it be nice if, after a long ride, you didn’t have to worry about lugging your bags, pitching your tent, or setting up canopies and chairs? Padre’s provides first-class service that does all of that for you, and more. All you have to do is cycle in!
What’s included?

  • High quality tents, set up for you
  • Air mattresses inflated for you
  • Comfortable chairs
  • Padre’s Oasis, a shaded area to relax cooling fans, snacks and cold drinks
  • Clean, environmentally friendly, disposable bath towels daily
  • Electronic device charging stations
  • Hot coffee, fresh water, and Gatorade in the morning
  • Bicycle pumps
  • Bicycle maintenance stands
  • Bicycle racks
  • Porta-potties (AKA, KYBOs) on site
  • Hand-washing station
  • Hot showers conveniently located
  • A friendly, helpful staff at your service
  • Increased odds of getting in on the lottery for RAGBRAI, since we are registered as a RAGBRAI group
  • Optional shuttle to and from RAGBRAI start and end towns, along with your bike and gear



Take a look at what our customers had to say about Padre’s Cycle Inn.

“Padre’s is a first class organization and the size of the group is ideal. Padre’s had our route to the tents well marked and provided a comfortable shady area to congregate and chat. I will definitely use Padre’s in the future if I do another RAGBRAI.”
~ Gary Hargrove, Fairview Heights, IL

Very friendly & organized. Loved the HOT coffee in the morning while other cyclists are scrambling to find coffee. Tents & mattresses clean. Shade was always a welcome site along with all the snacks when you arrive at the end of the day. Great, great service!!!”
~ The Swifts, Sand Springs, OK

“This was my first time using a full service tent service. I didn’t use the transportation due to my location, but from the time I checked in at the start town to the time I exited it was a great experience. Each person went out of their way to make every detail and every rider’s week a great one. I’ll be back.”
~ Gordon Brown, Butler, MO

“Padre’s Cycle Inn was our first experience with “glamping” or what my husband and I called “Sherpa Camping”. We loved it! Ben was skeptical at first, but he’s been won over. The convenience can’t be beat, but the thing that really made it great was the hospitality. Dave, Suzie, and Matt were awesome hosts and a lot of fun. It was great getting to know them and spend our vacation with them. The first day of riding my husband blew a tire. The ride was not prepared to support bike maintenance, so Dave gave him a ride back into Lafayette to get the supplies he needed. That was truly above and beyond. Thanks to the whole team!”
~ Kim Stewart and Ben Stone, Des Moines, IA

“I used Padre’s Cycle Inn for the first time at the 2017 Cycle Zydeco. It was my first experience using a tent service and I was very happy with the quality of the tents & air mattresses, friendliness of staff, and the chairs provided. It was so nice to finish the day’s ride and walk to my tent and see my bags right there! Keep up the great work!”
~ Jane H. Adams, Sacramento, CA

“This was my third consecutive year RAGBRAI with Padre Cycle Inn. The service is great, I had a great tent, air mattress, and my bags were moved. I did not miss being in a motel at all. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you are happy and being accommodated.”
~ John Helbing, Ballwin, MO

“Padre’s Cycle Inn, during the 2017 Cycle Zydeco bike ride, did an exceptional job. Tent and mattress, towels, refreshments – it was all there when we needed it. Extremely friendly staff eager to make the ride enjoyable. I highly recommend Padre’s.”
~ Michael Rose, Sand Springs, OK

Padre’s Cycle Inn provides excellent hospitality service for your bicycling adventure. Full tent service with your bags in your tent, awesome charging station, canopy tents and chairs to get you out of any weather and a wide assortment of snacks at the end of your ride. All a cyclist has to do is ride and enjoy the daily route.
~ Michael Smith, Tulsa, OK

Padre’s did an excellent job of caring for their guests. They have a Great staff that will care for you.”
~ Dennis Huff, Boonville, MO

Padre’s is the element that makes doing RAGBRAI possible and successful for me every year. They take on the planning and organizing. They think of details and the uniqueness of navigating each overnight town. They treat us like family and we are connected to all our riders. We enjoy each other’s company in camp and out on the ride. There is a cohesiveness that wouldn’t happen without Padre’s. I look forward to the reunion every year as we all come back.”
~ Anonymous

We had a great time on our 1st RAGBRAI and a big reason was being part of Padre’s Cycle Inn charter. They made it easy for us just focus on the ride.”
~ Tom K, Dallas, TX

You guys are the best. Always had all the essentials available and the staff went out of their way to help every day of the ride. Your service was a great value.”
~ Tim Dougherty, Eureka, MO

The staff was always available and very courteous! As first timers we felt our questions were answered and any issues we had were addressed. Would certainly use Padre’s again!”
~ Jill Faley, Peoria, IL

“I would love to do RAGBRAI again, but only if I got to use Padre’s! Great hosts, that provide a great service!”
~ Dave Cragen, High Ridge, MO

Padre’s Cycle Inn did a great job supporting us on RAGBRAI 2016. Dawn and her crew did a wonderful job taking care of us.”
~ Jim Rummer, Pflugerville, TX 

First time RAGBRAI’er……Great experience with Padre’s. Very professional, attentive to our needs and did what they said they’d do! Small enough group that you they are able to ensure they are able to address your needs or concerns. Thanks for a great RAGBRAI!!”
~ Don Server, Cedar Rapids, IA

“Your combined personalities and awareness to the needs and desires of the group will certainly get your company mission to be a success. Great job!”
~ Todd Williams, St. Louis, MO

“Padre’s is there to make the week a little less hectic and a lot more fun. They succeeded at both. In the span of a week these people will be some of your new best friends. Not so big you get lost and big enough to create a community. Always checking in with you to make sure you get everything you need. I will be back.”
~ Jeff Cook, Florissant, MO

“As a ‘Veteran’ of 5 RAGBRAIs, Padres DELIVERS!”
~ Bob Stuckey, St. Peters, MO






About Us

Padre’s Cycle Inn was originally founded in 2007, by Bill “Padre” Carter. He and “Madre” built this full-service cycling and hospitality service from the ground up, chartering over 100 rides. In 2014 and 2015, we (Jimmy and Dave) used Padre’s Cycle Inn as our RAGBRAI charter. Our passion for cycling, combined with our appreciation for the ease of the charter service led us to purchase the business from Padre in 2015. Although Padre’s Cycle Inn is under new ownership, we have maintained every aspect of the excellent service we enjoyed ourselves as customers, and we continually strive to improve it as we move on!