RAGBRAI 2018 Official Charter Service

ragbrai-register-button Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers is the proud recipient of Florida Bicycle Association Bicycle Business of the year for 2016 in recognition for efforts and achievements which shape the vision for Florida to be a state where bicycling is safe, respected and encouraged as a means of transportation and recreation.

This charter offers various options each with a related fee.  Please check registration page for option which best fits your needs and the related fee.

 2018 RAGBRAI Route

  • Start town: Onawa, IA
  • Sunday: Denison, IA   43 Miles
  • Monday: Jefferson, IA 71 Miles
  • Tuesday: Ames, IA 58 Miles
  • Wednesday: Newton, IA 59 Miles
  • Thursday: Sigourney, IA 68 Miles
  • Friday: Iowa City, IA 57 Miles
  • Saturday, Ending Town: Davenport, IA 68 Miles

RAGBRAI 2018 is the 7th shortest, 4th flattest and over-all 4th easiest of all RAGBRAI’s

Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers will have a block of rooms in Davenport  both Friday July 20 and Saturday July 28 for those needing lodging. Seen below Q/A for details

Early-bird charter check-in will take place at the host hotel on Friday evening.

Charter Options with related fees can be found on the form.

If you follow RAGBRAI’s schedule for registering you will get a rider number.  Just do not delay registering for RAGBRAI.  If by chance you miss the deadline and do not get accepted, there are always rider numbers available to purchase from those needed to cancel.

It is strongly suggest you register for the Charter before waiting for your rider number.

Click here to see registration form   There are Three Options available for this charter.  Review each option to determine which option best serves your needs. Registration forms will note options with related fees

While selecting a charter some things to remember and compare.

  • With Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers you will be sleeping in a top-quality Kelty brand tent.  These tents come with TWO Doors  which provide great ventilation.  Other charters offer tents with only one door.  No ventilation?  How hot will that be?
  • With Bubba you will have a choice of two size tents.  The regular tent is a four person dome tent which will allow plenty of room for you, your baggage and your inflated air mattress.  You will be able to sit-up however not stand up.  The Bubba Dome is a very large six person tent which will allow you to stand and walk around.  AHHH.  Stand to get dress.
  • Other charters have but one size tent and unless you are 3’tall or shorter you will not be standing to get dressed.
  • Yes, with Bubba, all tents will include a fully inflated air mattress for you added sleeping pleasure.  Other charters you will be sleeping on the ground and who wants to do that after riding all day?
  • Who wants to deal with a wet towel each day?  With Bubba you do not have to have that concern.  You will be supplied towels and wash cloth daily.  Yep, you guessed it.  They are included as well.
  • With Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers you pay one fee and everything listed is included.  Unlike other charters, if you want a soda/pop take one.  Matter of fact take as many as you want.  Want a bag of chips take one or two or three.  Want a PBJ sandwich make one or two.  You get the idea.  It’s ALL included.  With other charters you better have a stack of $1 bills pack away because you will be charged for each and every item you take.
  • Part of the RAGBRAI experience is enjoying to great food options in the towns while supporting local businesses and civic organizations.  This is why Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers has long ago decided not to provide meals.  Bubba would rather you decide what is for dinner and where dinner will be all the while supporting the towns local businesses and civic organizations.
  • Same goes for “free” beer.  Bubba would rather you support the town, not the charter.


You have made the single biggest decision you will have to make on your entire RAGBRAI experience – except maybe what type of pie you will enjoy!

Below is information needed to assist in securing your reservation with RAGBRAI’s Official Charter; Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers.  It’s really more than a charter service, it’s a PAMPERING service!  This charter will fill fast so reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bubba is happy to be teaming up once again with Bicycle Illinois who will be offering bus transportation from Chicago to the starting town and from the ending town back to Chicago.  Information can be found at BicycleIllinois.com

For those using Bike Illinois for transportation, please register for Option B

What you need to know first off!

You will/must register as an individual with RAGBRAI.  No “bandits” will be allowed.  Please, do not worry if you will be selected in the lottery, most all are.  If by chance you are not, there are always rider numbers available through cancellations.  With that worry out of the way, the next step is simple.  Fill out the charter registration forms and relax knowing everything else will be taken care of for you.

Reminder.  Do not wait for your rider number before registering for this charter.  This charter will fill sooner than RAGBRAI.  If you meet all of RAGBRAI deadlines in registering you will receive a rider number.  There are always rider numbers available from riders who have cancelled.  

Q. Where can I stay in Davenport?

A. Happy to announce the charter has a block of rooms in Davenport for both Friday July 20 and Saturday July 28, 2018 at the Quality Inn and Suites.

If you are needing lodging either of those nights it will be your responsibility to make those arrangements.  Rooms are limited so it is strongly suggested you make arrangements sooner than later.

Contact information:

  • Quality Inn and Suites
  • 6605 N Brady Street
  • Davenport, IA
  • 563.386.8336

Do NOT call a central reservation number for Quality Inn nor some secondary booking service.  You will be told the hotel is sold out.  Call the hotel directly.  Make sure to advise the hotel you are with Bubba.

The hotel is a short distance from where long-term parking area.  For those who have stayed here in the past with this charter, new this year,  long-parking will not be at the hotel which will prevent the need to bike there the ending Saturday.

Early charter check-in will be Friday 8 PM in the hotel lobby.

For those not doing the early check-in Friday, charter check-in will be at the long-term parking area (yet to be announced) Saturday morning starting 6 AM.

Q: Where do I check-in for the charter, where do I load my bike and where do I board the deluxe motor coach to the start town?

A:Early bird charter check-in will be in the host hotel lobby starting Friday at 8 PM. Everything else will take place at the long-term parking area of the ending town.  Times and exact location will be determined later and will be sent via email.

Q: What about the Saturday the ride ends, how does that work?

A: You will bike to the long-term parking where your baggage will be off-loaded waiting for your arrival.

Q: What about those who will be joining the charter at the starting town?

A: Your check-in will be at the charter’s camping location anytime after 2 PM Saturday at the starting town.  The camping location  will not be known until early May

****Times for charter check-in, bike loading, and motor coach departure will be announced at a later time.

Q: I am coming with a group, can our tents be put up next to one another?

A: RAGBRAI is a unique event with many logistical challenges for staff.  What we can promise is the first night the tents will be next to one another and of the rest of the nights they will be close to one another.

What’s Included!

As a cyclist, your host Bubba understands what the bicyclist wants/needs on a multi-day event.  Bubba also understands RAGBRAI having both ridden it many times as well as being part of the RAGBRAI staff for several years.  So, here is what is included;

  • Motor coach service to the RAGBRAI start town from the ending town (option also available for those not needing this transportation)
  • Bike transportation provided by a professional moving service to the RAGBRAI starting location from the ending town.  Each bicycle wrapped individually with a moving blanket.
  • Reserved camping locations
  • Tent and air mattress service – we supply you with a quality Kelty tent and air mattress AND we put up them up and take them down every day, even in the rain.  The process of taking down tents, driving to the next location, setting up tents, inflating mattresses and delivering bags takes time.  Lots of time.  You may arrive into camp before all these tasks have been completed.
  • Bubba designed  T-Shirt  
  • Our very own Porta-Johns and wash station located at our campsites
  • Also included for FREE are the following.  Yes, you pay ONE Fee, no add ons with Bubba
    • The PAMPER Zone canopies provide shade for sharing your daily RAGBRAI pictures, stories and experiences or to take a nap
    • Camp chair
    • Cold drinks (non-alcoholic)
    • Snacks
    •  Shower Towels and wash cloths daily; This charter works very closely with one of the shower vendors to assure showers are close to the camping locations
    • Electronic charging (Cell Phones—iPads—Lap Tops–Garmins–Etc)
    • Bicycle work-station (work stand, floor pumps, shop rags)
    • Morning Coffee.  Oh yeah!
    • Massage Therapist (Extra Fee)
    • Baggage will be off-loaded and available upon your arrival.  If you need assistance taking your baggage to your tent just ask one of the friendly staff for assistance.  Remember, two bags per person each not to exceed 30 pounds.

What’s NOT Included!

Hassles, headaches or fussin – if anything comes up, let us know and we will work with you to resolve it.

RAGBRAI Registration

Registration is easy – just go to the Official RAGBRAI website and fill out the forms.  Everyone who registers for this charter MUST be a registered rider before the event starts.  Once again, NO bandits will be allowed.  Remember, if you follow RAGBRAI posted schedule for registering, you will get a riders number.  Also, do not wait until you are officially notified you are in before registering for this charter which will fill before RAGBRAI.  Rider bands (numbers) are always available from riders who need to cancel.

Charter Registration: Click here to see registration form   There are Three Options available for this charter.  Review each option to determine which option best serves your needs. Registration forms will note options with related fees

The Daily Drill!

Each rider will be allowed two pieces of baggage each bag not to exceed 30 pounds each.  Upon check-in, you will be provided with two baggage tags which must be attached to your bags. No baggage will be allowed on the baggage truck without the proper baggage tag attached.  Your bags will be transported to the next overnight town in an enclosed baggage truck.   If you will need assistance getting your bag on the truck each morning, please contact one of the staff who will assist you.  Additional baggage tags are available at $75 per tag.

That’s it – fill your water bottles, apply sun screen and enjoy your ride.  We will see you at the finish with shade, a chair and something cold to drink in the PAMPER Zone!

Sunrise on RAGBRAI

Sunrise on RAGBRAI

The Fine Print!

Please read the following information very closely.  If, when planning your trip, you feel you cannot possibly make these time tables, this may not be the charter for you.  Remember, this is a GROUP activity.  In fairness to everyone, these schedules will be strictly adhered to:

Rider Check-in for the Charter

Check-in for this charter and bike loading will start Saturday July 21, 2018 at 6 AM at the long term parking area of the ending town.

Long-Term Parking  will be available at the ending town.

Bicycle Transportation

The professional moving company (not two high school kids on the back of a rental truck) will:

  • Wrap each bicycle in its own thick moving blanket
  • To avoid damage to your bike and belongings, please remove beforehand your bike bags, cycle computers, and anything else which takes up more room that the normal bike frame. Pack these items with your baggage; do not leave them hanging on your bike. Pedals and rear racks do not need to be removed nor do your handle bars need to be turned. 
  • Bicycle loading starts at 6 AM  at the long-term parking area at the ending town.  All bicycles must be on the moving van by  8:00 am
  • If your bike is not loaded on the moving van by the stated departure times, your bike will become your responsibility.  NO BIKES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BUSSES.

Motor Coaches

Since this is the start of your RAGBRAI experience, we will make your trip as comfortable as possible.

  • Transportation to the Start – It’s a bit of a hike to the western Iowa border, so the buses will load starting at 8 AM and depart 8:30 AM Saturday  at the check in location.
  • The bus will NOT wait for YOU, so don’t be late.  If for any reason you fail to be on the bus when it departs, it will be your responsibility to get to the respective destination.
  • Stow your bags in the compartments under the bus.  Any carry on items such as a pillow, must fit in the overhead bins.
  • Bringing a full water bottle is always a good idea as well as a snack if you wish
  • There will be a one hour lunch stop at the half-way point

Once again this year Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers will be teaming up with Bicycle Illinois to assist riders who might find starting in Chicago helpful.  Bicycle Illinois will transport you, your bike and your baggage from Chicago to the starting town on Saturday July 21 and from the ending town back to Chicago Saturday July 28.

Riders using Bicycle Illinois shuttle service need to register with Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers under Option B.

Details on Bike Illinois shuttle service can be found at BicycleIllinois.com


1. So, what if I am new to RAGBRAI, what should I expect?

If you are a RAGBRAI virgin, here are some things you need to know:

  • RAGBRAI is the largest week long bicycle event in the world.  It is also one of the biggest revenue producing events yearly for the State of Iowa.  RAGBRAI is a very unique event indeed.
  • You will need to be flexible, understanding, and patient all the while keeping a good attitude.  No whining is ever allowed on RAGBRAI. Part of your RAGBRI experience will be standing in lines and using Porta-Poties or KYBO’s as the Iowans call them
  • Don’t come if you plan to diet.  You will miss out on lots of great food freshly prepared by the citizens of Iowa.
  • There is no opportunity to be shy while riding with thousands and thousands of other riders, camping among thousands of others, listening to great music daily, seeing things on a bike you never imagined you would ever see and enjoying the hospitality of Iowa.
  • No RAGBRAI experience is complete without using Iowa corn fields as restrooms.

Bubba says, “The Iowa corn tastes different for two reasons:  Number One and Number Two!”

So, come prepared to have a great time while maintaining a great attitude and remain flexible.  Remember, No Whining is ever Allowed.

2. So, will the Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers be camping close to where the action is?

All charters, including the Bubba’s, are pre-assigned camping locations by each over-nights camping committee.  The camping committees take good care of the charters and things usually work out great. It should go without saying, Bubba will do everything possible to assure the very best camping locations available however, we will be at the mercy of the camping committee.  In years past, the majority of the camping locations assigned to Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers have been great but again, they are pre-assigned.   What Bubba can promise is to make your RAGBRAI camping experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

3. So, what time do I have to be moving in the morning?

The baggage truck will leave at 7:30 AM sharp.  This should give you plenty of time since you will not be dealing with taking down a tent. That is our job, remember?

You will need to be out of your tent no later than 7 AM to allow the staff to start the take-down process.  It is very important for Bubba’s staff to get on the road to the next location as soon as possible in order to have things ready for your arrival.

4. What about baggage, how much can I bring?

Since Bubba supplies everything but bedding and your clothing, how many bags do you need?  Each rider is allowed two pieces of baggage not to exceed 30 pounds per bag.  Extra baggage tags can be purchased for an additional $75 per tag.  As a point of reference, RAGBRAI allows only ONE bag per rider not to exceed 50 pounds and those poor souls have to pack a tent, mattress, and towels.  Bags which exceed the 30 pound limit will not be delivered to your tent and can be found next to the baggage truck.

5. Can I charge my “stuff”?

There will be a charging station which will be available to charter members for personal items.  Bring home charger, not car charger.

6. So, will Bubba guarantee me a RAGBRAI rider number?

No charter, Bubba’s charter included, can guarantee you a RAGBRAI rider number.  You will have to register for RAGBRAI on your own.  If you register for RAGBRAI early , you will have no problem getting a rider number.  Please check on the RAGBRAI web site for details about registering and receiving your rider number.  NO BANDIT RIDERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON this CHARTER!  You MUST be a registered RAGBRAI rider with a rider number to be part of Bubba’s Charter.  If by chance you did not register with RAGBRAI in time, there is a RAGBRAI Forum which riders can purchase wrist bands from other rides.  There are always rider numbers available to purchase those needing to cancel.

7. So, what if I need to cancel for some reason?

Bubba understands things happen which are out of any ones control.  So, here is the cancellation policy.

  • If you cancel before  May 20, 2018, you will receive a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee.
  • Sorry, due to contractual obligations, no refund will be offered for ANY REASON after May 20, 2018.  Please, do not make Bubba the bad guy by asking.  Really, for contractual reasons, it just cannot be done for ANY reasons.
  • Trip insurance is available from various sources

8.  If I need to cancel 30 days prior to the ride start, can I sell my RAGBRAI registration.

There is a forum on the RAGBRAI site which will assist you in selling your rider number.

9. So, many riders will Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers be taking?

Bubba’s Charter will accept registrations from the first 250 riders only.  These slots will be booked rather quickly after which a “want-list” will be maintained.

10.  So, what is the cost for the Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers Charter?

Well, that depends on which tent option you chose; single in a regular tent, single in a Bubba Dome, Double in a regular tent, Double in a Bubba Dome.  Pricing for all options are available on the registration form.

Click here to see registration form

What is the difference between a regular tent and a Bubba Dome?  Size, yes it does matter!  The regular tent is a four person tent which is plenty big enough, even for two people. You can sit up in the regular tent however not stand up.  The Bubba Dome is really big six person tent which allows you to actually stand and move around.  Ah, stand to get dressed, YES!  The Bubba Dome is a very popular upgrade.

11. Do we need to send in the total amount at the time of registration?

Full payment is required at time of charter registration.  Sorry, no credit cards.

12.  Will my tent be set-up when I arrive into camp?

Of course that depends on when you arrive.  Remember, the staff has to load your bags, drop your tent, load your tent, take down the PAMPER Zone, drive to the next town in heavy traffic, unload your baggage, unload your tent, set up the PAMPER Zone, set up your tent and inflate your air mattress   This takes a LONG TIME.  What we do first is unload the baggage and set up the PAMPER Zone which will allow you to shower and enjoy a cold drink and snack if you happen to be a fast rider arriving before all the tents have been set up.


So, are you ready for RAGBRAI however with NONE of the HASSLE?

You ride your bike, Bubba and his staff will do everything else.  That’s right,

“No Bull—Just Bike”

Come find out firsthand what Bubba means when saying;

“It’s ALL Good”

Your Host

Bubba has ridden in over 40 week long tours all over the country as well as a solo, self-contained, cross country on a recumbent pulling a BOB trailer.

In addition, Bubba has ridden RAGBRAI numerous times and has actually worked for RAGBRAI for several years as part of the official RAGBRAI Crew.

Bubba founded Bubba’s PAMPERED Pedalers in 2002 and has been PAMPERING riders ever since.

Bubba also is the proud host of BubbaFest—Florida Keys which is held the first full week of November.  BubbaFest—Florida Keys is more than a bike ride, it’s a Keys Experience.   Bubba also host an upscale (Hotel and B&B) tour of the KATY Trail as well as Bike GAPCO (Pittsburgh to D.C.) which is another upscale tour staying in hotels and B&B’s.  New for 2017 was the Florida’s Space Coast Tour which is another great upscale tour staying in a wonderful B&B right on Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Bubba also leads a group of bicyclists on a cross country bicycle tour called Coast 2 Coast each spring.  Coast 2 Coast goes from San Diego, CA. to St. Augustine, FL.

Details of all Bubba events can be found at BubbasPamperedPedalers.com


***Please see registration forms for options and fee structure.***

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