Dear host applicant,   


RAGBRAI, an Iowa original, is the world’s oldest, largest and longest 7 day recreational  bicycling touring event in the world and is coming to Lansing, IA again as they did 5 years ago. With several thousand cyclists coming into town and lodging in short supply, we are humbly asking for your help to provide either inside or outside lodging space for riders when they arrive on Friday, July 22nd for the start of the event. Below is a list of what riders might need, what they won’t and other information to help guide your decision. 


What riders might need: 

  • Inside lodging or outside lodging: an area where rider(s) can ‘pitch a tent’ outside with inside  bathroom access or bedroom(s) or sleeping bag floor space inside they can use for the night  with bathroom access  

  • Access for rider(s) to fill a water bottle 

  • A smoke free home with either a bed, couch or floor space for a sleeping bag


What riders won’t need  

  • Transportation, dinner or entertainment.. just a place to rest for the night so they can be on  their way in the morning!

  • Riders are expected to begin arriving the afternoon of Friday, July 22nd and will be leaving  early the next morning.  Riders are being asked to arrive no later than 8:00pm on Friday the 22nd. 


Each rider’s requests are unique and we have asked that those requesting private indoor accommodations do so out of necessity. Additionally, all riders will be registered and will have signed a Ragbrai waiver and release of liability form. If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting a rider please fill out the form below. Our team will work through the housing applications, for both riders and hosts, to ensure that each host and rider is paired with the best interests of both parties at heart. 


If you have questions, or need more information, please reach out to our housing coordinator Frank Ebersold by clicking here or please call (563-538-6461). Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope that, with your help, we can show the 15,000 riders from all across the world just how special of a place Lansing is.  




Frank Ebersold