As Keokuk prepares to welcome RAGBRAI to town this July, we are in need of community volunteers who can provide space for tents, floor space, bed and/or bathroom facilities. Riders are expected to arrive in town on Friday, July 19 before the start of the ride and will be returning on July 27 at the end of the ride. We will need homes, churches, schools, etc. for either one or both dates.
Private housing for RAGBRAI started in 1979 when the campgrounds in Rockwell City were flooded and motel space was limited. Word has spread even though this feature is not advertised as part of RAGBRAI and people have discovered how much fun it is for riders to connect with community members and for community members to be a part of this event and get to know some of the cyclists. Lots of teams and riders would rather have the convenience of hot showers, privacy, and the personal hospitality of Keokuk area residents. The riders should arrive mid to early afternoon and be gone usually by 9 AM the next day.
Hosts are only expected to provide a place for riders to rest their heads for the night. Local volunteers are not required to entertain guests, provide them with amenities, feed or transport riders.
The Housing Committee will be matching community members only with registered RAGBRAI riders. All riders will need to provide a wristband number as proof of their registration. If a rider is unregistered that means they have not signed the RAGBRAI Waiver and Release Liability. Anyone in the community who houses unregistered riders opens themselves to full liability for whatever may happen at their home. To avoid this, please go through the Housing Committee to be assured you are housing registered riders and that the riders have signed the RAGBRAI Waiver and Release Liability form.