Q: Do I have to register with RAGBRAI before I register with Padre’s?
A: You don’t have to register for RAGBRAI before Padre’s, but you will not be permitted to be on the charter if you have not registered with RAGBRAI by May 1. Once you’ve registered for both, log in to RAGBRAI and find our group, Padre’s Cycle Inn #10253. Join the group, and you’re all set!
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Cancellation policies are specific to each individual ride. Please consult the pricing page of your ride for cancellation policies.
Q: Can I buy trip cancellation insurance?
A: Padre’s does not offer this insurance, but it is available through McKay Insurance. Call 800-942-0283.
Q: On RAGBRAI, what if I don’t get a Rider Number / Bracelet?
A: We offer a 100% money-back guarantee for riders who join our RAGBRAI group but don’t get a wristband. But don’t worry. Although we can’t officially make this guarantee, we’ve never had a rider, who followed RAGBRAI policy, who was unable to get a RAGBRAI bracelet. To increase your odds dramatically, simply register on RAGBRAI.com and join Team Padre. It only takes one team member to qualify, and our entire team of riders will be guaranteed a bracelet! Additionally, if you don’t get one, at first, you can usually find one for sale (at regular price) on the RAGBRAI forums. Just be sure to register early and follow all of the RAGBRAI rules.
Q: How much luggage can I bring?
A: Each person may bring a total of two bags, weighing no more than 40 pounds each, for a total of no more than 80 pounds total. Additional fees will be charged for overweight baggage. Remember, you’re just bringing your daily gear. Since Padre’s supplies all of your camping gear and towels, you’re really needing very little compared to a non-chartered rider. Fees may be assessed for overweight baggage. Please be sure to weigh your items before you arrive. If you absolutely need to be over the limit, contact us in advance to make special arrangements.
Q: Where do I shower?
A: We coordinate shower facilities for you each day. They are usually in walking distance, or a shuttle is provided for you.
Q: Do I need a towel?
A: No. Padre’s provides you with a new, environmentally friendly, disposable yet durable towel each day. What’s nice about this is that you can use your towel as a maintenance rag each day to wipe down your bike, since you’ll receive a clean, new towel the next evening.
Q: Do I need my own linens?
A: Padre’s provides you with an air mattress, but items as personal as sheets, pillows, and sleeping bags aren’t something that we provide. Certainly, you’d feel more comfortable with your own bedding, right?
Q: Where is each camp set up?
A: Padre’s gets you as close to the route and the action as possible. However, the availability of campgrounds in each overnight town determines our location.
Q: How do I know the route into camp?
A: There will be clearly posted arrows marking the route into camp each day. Follow the Padre’s arrows.
Q: When do I have to be out of my tent each day?
A: The crew will begin breaking camp by 6:30am each day, in order to arrive at the next campsite and set up before you arrive. The baggage truck will leave by 7:30am. Please have your tent empty no later than 7:00am.
Q: What time to I have arrive in camp each day?
A: There’s no curfew with Padre’s. However, if you plan to arrive after dark, be sure you have the proper lighting for your bike. Remember that it may be difficult to see arrows marking your way into town after sunset. Please respect others in camp who may already be asleep.
Q: What do I do if I have an issue with my tent or mattress?
A: If you have any problems, just find a Padre’s crew member. We’re all happy to help you with any issues. We do keep spare mattresses inflated each night, in case you need to swap yours out without hassling with an air pump.
Q: What if I have an emergency on the ride?
A: Call the SAG phone number for the ride you are on. Or you can call Padre’s at 314-644-4440.
Q: What is included in the Padre’s Oasis area?
A: Each evening, you’ll find shade, your camping chair, fans, a charging station for your electronics, refreshments, and snacks. Each morning, you’ll find coffee, sport drinks, snacks, and other refreshments.
Q: Will I be able to charge my phone and other electronics?
A: Yes! We have a new and improved charging station for 2016. You will be able to charge your electronics until the generator is shut off for the night, after sunset. You will also be able to charge up in the morning, once the generator is fired up to make coffee.
Q: What if my bike needs repair?
A: If you can do it yourself, we’ll have bike maintenance stands for you to use. If not, most rides have bicycle shops along the way, with mechanics that can repair most any issue.
Q: Will any meals be included?
A: Although some rides do offer meals, Padre’s does not provide any meals. Please refer to each individual ride to determine if any food is included in your ride admission.
Q: Are there any discounts available?
A: Early registration for each ride offers a sale price. Check the event pricing page for discount details.
Q: Is there laundry service?
A: We do not offer laundry service on every ride. Depending on the route, we may have a mid-week laundry option on RAGBRAI. And some overnight towns do offer laundry services for an additional fee.
Q: Do the tents stay dry?
A: We provide you with a high-quality Kelty tent. These tents should keep you dry each night, even in the rain. Additionally, you will be sleeping on an air mattress, which should keep you off the ground, should it be rocky or get wet for any reason. All tents are inspected annually.
Q: What if I want to pay cash?
A: Please register using a credit card through our online registration, via PayPal. Maybe you’ll even get some reward points out of it!