Be a part of the longest, largest, and oldest bike ride in the world! RAGBRAI is a mecca for cyclists all over the world. Of course,  you love cycling! But if you also like music, pork chops, homemade pie and ice cream, you can’t miss the RAGBRAI experience!

Prior to the ride, the RAGBRAI Expo hosts a plethora of vendors for bike enthusiasts. You won’t want to miss this event, which is accompanied by other music and entertainment!

Those who wish to participate in RAGBRAI tradition will begin the first day by dipping their back tires in the Missouri river on the western side of Iowa, at the official dip site. Then, upon reaching the Mississippi in the east, riders can again dip their front tires to complete the ceremonial tradition.

As thousands of riders make their way across Iowa, the hosting towns provide amazing food, including world’s best pork chops, homemade pies, and ice cream. And the entertainment is fun and often unique. Events from recent years include toilet tossing, human Foosball, midget wrestling, and water slides.

Interested? Well, Padre’s Cycle Inn is at your service! We strive to make your experience hassle-free. We offer tent and hospitality services, as well as optional round-trip motor coach service out of St. Louis, MO to and from the start and end towns.

Why Padre’s?

Wouldn’t it be nice if, after a long ride, you didn’t have to worry about finding and lugging your bags, searching for an open, shaded, flat spot, pitching your tent, or setting up canopies and chairs? What if you didn’t have to worry about your bags getting wet or trying to find a place to charge your phone? Padre’s provides first-class service that does all of that for you, and much, much more. All you have to do is Cycle Inn – We do the rest!


At Padre’s, our limited size ensures a more personalized appeal, so you won’t just feel like a number when you are in camp. It can be nice to see a familiar face at the end of a day, after riding among thousands of riders, to share a story, or even forge a new friendship. Our group’s size also allows us to be more selective of our campsites; we fit where some larger groups may not, such as at a small school, park, or ball field. And those spots are often in just the right location of town. Click here to see what one of our riders thought about RAGBRAI, and about using services at Padre’s Cycle Inn!


What We Offer

Camping and Baggage Service:

  • Reserved camping at a site pre-selected by Padre’s, in advance, close to shuttle stops, activities, showers, and other activities, Saturday night through the next Saturday morning
  • Baggage transport directly to and from your tent each day, keeping your gear out of the weather – no searching for or dragging your bags to your tent – we do that for you
  • High quality tents, provided and set up and taken down for you daily
  • A twin-size mattresses inflated for each camper, measuring 75″ x 39″ x 8.75″ (please bring your own sheet, blanket, and/or pillow)
  • Comfortable chairs to relax in
  • Padre’s Zone, a shaded area to relax, with cooling fans, snacks, and cold beverages.
  • In-camp concierge center with a host available to help with information about events, shuttles, food, entertainment, and directions
  • Electronic device charging stations to keep phones, computers, lights or other devices charged up daily
  • Hot coffee, fresh ice water, and Gatorade each morning
  • Bicycle tire pumps
  • Bicycle maintenance stand and tools available, in case you need to clean or adjust your bike
  • Bicycle racks so that you don’t have to lay your bike on the ground or lean them
  • Porta-potties on site, and a hand wash station, reserved for Padre’s customers only
  • Convenient location near hot showers (showers sold separately)
  • Clean, environmentally friendly, disposable bath towels daily, which can double as your bike rag or door mat
  • Maps, directions and arrows to help you navigate into and out of each campsite
  • 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

Bus and Bike Transportation:

  • Round-trip transportation with your gear, from St. Louis to the start town, and from the end town back to St. Louis
  • We transport your bike with no need to box it up or fully disassemble it
  • Ride in style, in an air-conditioned motor coach
  • A dedicated on-board tour guide to answer questions about the event
  • Free lunch is included on the way to the start town
  • In-route movies and wi-fi (when available)
  • Rest stops along the way to stretch your legs or get some fresh air


Current Pricing and Registration

Camping and Baggage Service – 7 Nights:

 Large Tent with One Person:

Large Kelty tent with single occupancy and one twin mattress.

Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Regular Registration* = $750

 Large Tent with Two People:

Large Kelty tent with double occupancy and two twin mattresses.

Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Regular Registration* = $1,050

Regular Tent with One Person: REGULAR SIZE TENTS ARE SOLD OUT

Regular Kelty tent with single occupancy and one twin mattress.

Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Regular Registration* = $600

Bus and Bike Transportation:

Add-On Shuttle for One Person:

Requires purchase of Camping and Baggage Service with Padre’s.

Round-Trip Shuttle from St. Louis to start town, and from end town to St. Louis.

Includes all Bus and Bike Transportation listed above.

Registration = $375

* Regular Registration ends June 1.


Click Here to Register With Padre’s!