Council Bluffs RAGBRAI

Council Bluffs Resident’s Guide to Hosting Riders


  • Hosts are expected to provide riders a place to put their tent or motorhome, or a place to sleep inside - access, if possible, to a bathroom and shower and somewhere to fill water bottles.
  • Hosts are not required to transport, feed, provide amenities, or entertain the riders.
  • Hosts are not allowed to charge for these services.


Host Can Expect from Riders:

  • Well behaved, appreciative guests.
  • Guests who respect your wishes.
  • Someone who will remember your kindness.


 Completely Up to You:

  • How many guests (Request over 15 will be turned over to the campground committee)
  • Laundry Facilities.
  • Whether you want to offer coffee, snacks, a beverage or anything else.


RAGBRAI riders will arrive mid to early afternoon on Saturday, July 20th and will leave around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21st.

Join the Fun!!! This is a great opportunity to meet new, fascinating people and to build life-long friendships.

*Host will be asked to complete a brief background check through the Council Bluffs Police Department.

Please be sure to check this section for ongoing news related to RAGBRAI 2013 starting in Council Bluffs!

RAGBRAI will be starting in Council Bluffs the weekend of July 20-21, 2013. Your help is needed to host the 10,000 people (or more) that will be visiting Council Bluffs on that weekend. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed to perform a variety of activities. Please help be an ambassador of your community by volunteering to help out and be part of RAGBRAI XLI. This is our chance to demonstrate how we can be an outstanding host city.
Indicate the area where you think you can be of the most help. Volunteers are needed for two-hour time slots. Decide which committee(s) suite your interests and check the appropriate boxes.
Volunteers are needed to help riders find their assigned camping area, direction from the campground to other venues, etc.
Volunteers are needed to clean off tables, make sure trash receptacles are emptied, etc.
Volunteers are needed to greet riders, act as “tour guide” on shuttle buses, etc.
Volunteers are needed to help recruit host homes/lawns as well as assist with the housing check-in station on Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to handout maps, answer questions about our activities and services, help people with their questions about the community, etc.
Volunteers are needed to put up signs, be part of the speakers bureau to promote interest in RAGBRAI, hand out maps and direct the media to designated locations.
Volunteers are needed to work with Recycle Center staff to pick up materials from the recycling locations.
Volunteers are needed to assist people from long term parking and direct them how to use the shuttle.
Put me on any of the above committees, I just want to help!
The best time for me to help...

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March, 2013

Greetings to all RAGBRAI® attendees from 2013 Host City Council Bluffs!

I am delighted to welcome you to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the beginning of the 41st RAGBRAI®. Our community was the starting city in 1974, 1986, 1994, 2000, and 2009 before this year. We are thrilled to once again play host to thousands of riders, support staff, charters, clubs and families.

We are planning to create another great start for you here. By the time you arrive, months of preparation for this event by dozens of executives, and thousands of hours by hundreds of devoted volunteers, will have occurred to make Council Bluffs a perfect spot to begin your RAGBRAI® adventure. We want you to feel safe and informed while in our city, and we want you to have a great time as you make new friends and catch up with old acquaintances. We have preserved the traditions and heritage that are the best of RAGBRAI® and are adding some new elements, too.

Read more: Mayor Welcome Letter 2013

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