• November 16, 2018 9:10 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    You must be an HBA Member and logged into this site to register for RAGBRAI to be able to see and then to proceed with your registration. If you are logged in then look at our list of Events and select Ragbrai to proceed.

  • November 14, 2018 12:22 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Clubs, teams and groups are role models for those participating in RAGBRAI®.

    Our club....

    Application Process

    The HBA group will apply as a group by the deadline. First, you apply to the HBA group and the group applies to RAGBRAI.

    The deadline for groups 1-114 remains March 1.) However, if you choose to submit your group’s application manually (paper applications), the deadline for submission is February 15. All groups that miss that deadline will be in jeopardy of missing the lottery.

    In order to be considered in the lottery as a group, the members of a group must register as a group, and appoint one person to be the GROUP CONTACT. That person is accepting responsibility for sending one payment to cover all costs of the group, taking delivery of the group's Participant Packet in early June, distributing the participants' credentials and jerseys, and registering vehicles.

    Only one entry is allowed per person. Team members who do not apply through the Group Contact and apply directly to RAGBRAI will not be considered as a part of your team. If any person attempts to apply through both your team and directly to RAGBRAI, everyone on each application will be rejected.

    For road safety reasons, RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders. Entries can exceed the number of riders allowed, so a random computer lottery takes place after all of the entries are entered in the computer. All checks and credit cards will be processed and if your entry is not drawn, we will issue a full refund. Just because your check is cashed or your credit card is processed, does not mean you were selected.

    RAGBRAI has been able to accept 95% of entries received prior to the deadline over the past five years. The odds of getting in the lottery are very high, but certainly not 100%.

    No Extra Private Vehicles

    If a member obtains wristbands through your team, he or she is not to bring a vehicle under any circumstance. Vehicle passes may only be applied for through your Group Contact.

    Refunds

    Fees are nonrefundable after May 15. A $25 processing fee per applicant is deducted for refunds prior to May 15. RAGBRAI is not responsible for delayed, lost, or misplaced application forms and materials.

    Transfers

    While we do not encourage you to privately re-sell wristbands, we understand that sometimes emergencies require last minute changes. If your team does re-sell wristbands, an online transfer document and waiver must be completed and received in the RAGBRAI office before the ride begins for that wristband to be “official.” If the transfer has not taken place officially, your club can be held liable.

    If your team has a charter service, it is your responsibility to make sure that no one is accepted for the charter without the necessary wristband. Wristbands cannot be sold or advertised part of a charter package.

    Please discourage anyone from participating in RAGBRAI without a wristband. One-day wristbands are available by the application until June 1. After that date, wristbands will only be available on the ride at RAGBRAI’s baggage truck and RAGBRAI’s Information and Merchandise trailer in the main campground.

    Safety and Rider Conduct

    It is important to promote and practice RIDE RIGHT® within your group and in your community. Please encourage members to get in shape for RAGBRAI, wear helmets, sound off, and practice the rules of the road that are a part of the Participant Guide. The guide is emailed electronically on May 1 and then also enclosed with the wristband package sent to the Group Contact in early June.

    Teams are responsible for the conduct of all members and minors included in the group. An adult must accompany minors who are part of a charter/club.

    Teams are responsible for the behavior of their members in all phases of the ride -conduct on the road, in pass-through towns, and in campgrounds. Remember that we are guests of each Iowa community. No one should be issued a wristband if you are not positive he or she will demonstrate exemplary and safe riding habits and behavior.

    The RIDE RIGHT safety video will be shown on Saturday, July 21. Encourage your members to view it. The video is available upon request for your bus trip by emailing info@ragbrai.org

    Ride hours are from 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Teams are asked to take responsibility for making sure that their riders are in the overnight towns by 6:00 p.m. Support services are generally not available before or after these hours or if the bicycle route is not followed.

    Support Drivers

    Drivers are requested to check in at the Information Center in each overnight town. The Information Center cannot help members of the club locate the camping location if the volunteers at the Information Center are not informed.

    If you commit to a location by mail, when you arrive, stay there. We know that you want to find the most desirable spot to camp but switching spots just because the shade might be better somewhere else, challenges the already stressed campground volunteers.

    Support vehicles are not to be in the pass-through towns with the exception of the daily designated Meeting Town listed on the route map. The Iowa State Patrol or local law enforcement may confiscate your vehicle pass if this rule is not followed.

    Housing & Private Campgrounds

    The Chamber, City Hall, and Housing and Campground Chairs in these host towns have plenty to do to get ready prior to May 1. If you are requesting housing or camping outside of the main campgrounds, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT TOWNS PRIOR TO MAY 1.

    If your team makes contact to request housing or other camping prior to May 1, your team entry may be jeopardy. Remember, Chairs are volunteers and rudeness towards them will not be tolerated.

    Signage

    Please be thoughtful of overnight communities when hanging signage for your camping area. Please do not use self-adhesive signs, and do not use signs that are orange or green. These are the colors of the RAGBRAI route arrows. Use caution when hoisting a club flag near overhead electrical wires. DO NOT PAINT on the roadways or streets.

    Showers

    A number of campers use sun-heated portable showers. According to state law (Section 455B.186), it is illegal to dispose of wastewater into any state-owned natural or artificial lake. Additionally, you are requested to dispose of this water through appropriate sewage access. Please do not dump portable showers on the ground.

    RAGBRAI Trademark Usage

    “RAGBRAI®,” “Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa™” and “RIDE RIGHT®” are registered trademarks of The Des Moines Register. No one can use them for any purpose without written permission. Legal action will be taken against any individual or group/club violating trademark laws, such as printing t-shirts or club jerseys containing these marks or symbols.

    The bottom line is: YOU CANNOT USE THE WORDS OR LOGOS OF RAGBRAI ON YOUR JERSEYS OR SHIRTS.

    THE TEAM APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1* IF SUBMITTED ONLINE AND FEBRUARY 15 IF SUBMITTED MANUALLY (paper applications).


  • November 06, 2018 8:44 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    We are happy to report that our fall membership campaign has yielded 113 member renewals for 2019 which means we have only 40 members yet to renew.

    We thought it appropriate to define our next steps in our efforts to get 100% membership renewal.

    Per the discussion on Monday during the HBA Board meeting by the attending Board members, club members who have not renewed their HBA membership within 60 days after their membership due date of November 1st will have their membership status changed to lapsed until renewed.

    A lapsed member will no longer receive automatic renewal notices, will no longer appear in member directories, will not be able to register for RAGBRAI and will no longer be allowed to view member only pages, add comments to blog pages, or post or reply to forum topics. A lapsed member can restore their membership by paying the renewal fee.

    Members who have not yet renewed their memberships will get two more email notices asking them to renew (7 days past due on November 7, 2018, and at 60 days past due on December 30, 2018).

    We hope you continue your HBA membership in 2019 and join in on one of the many activities sponsored by this club.


  • November 05, 2018 10:45 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Hello HBA RAGBRAI 2018 Riders!

    Well, it was a great RAGBRAI! Hopefully, you have recuperated and have been able to get some riding in this fall. The weather has been kind of rainy. Hope you all enjoyed the socks this year. Also, we do now have the new Black 5” Merino wool socks for you to purchase.

    I would like to thank every one of you for a great RAGBRAI 2018!! Again the HBA RAGBRAI group dynamics from this year was fantastic and it made for a lot of fun. The week as always went by too quickly. We had many returning veteran riders from last year and we welcomed many new riders, as well as several daily riders.

    Our group was not only made up of riders from the Cedar Rapids, Eastern Iowa and Iowa area. We welcomed returning riders from Florida and Nevada, as well as veterans from Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, Alabama, and Missouri making up our 2018 group. I hope you all had a great time!!

    I would like to recognize that we had several riders that signed up for RAGBRAI that had to bow out for reasons beyond their control or injury this year. We are sorry you missed or had to leave us this year on RAGBRAI and hopefully will be able to return next year.

    It was a very good week. The weather could not have been better. The route was fairly easy with not much climb.

    • The overnight accommodations in our overnight cities and towns as usual where fantastic this year thanks to John and Judy Bryant and all their hard work. John and Judy, you have done such a great job of finding accommodations and building great relationships with our overnight hosts over the years. John, many of the group do not know all the emails, letters, hours and miles you and Judy put into securing our overnight accommodations each year. Thank you for all your hard work!!
    • Jim Weisbeck did a great job getting us across the state with gear in tack and breakfast goodies every morning. Jim’s work never really stops on RAGBRAI. He is the first and last on site every day. As always Jim is already plotting and planning his new ideas for the year 2019. Thanks as always Jim you did a great job Thank you again!!
    • I would like to recognize the return of Dave Obst to Driver again this year. Dave did a great job driving and manning the sag van this year. Glad to have you back. Again the 12 passenger van made a big difference this year with the ability to handle and move more people at one time. Dave, you did a great job of getting us in and out of the entertainment and food areas as well as the meeting town every day. We had a lot of compliments on your performance. Thank you again and welcome back!!
    • Rick and Lisa Paulos. Thank you for all your hard work picking up the truck and getting it ready to haul the bikes, luggage, and equipment. The truck really needed a great deal of work this year as it was a new truck this year. HBA gave it its maiden voyage. Rick and volunteers had to completely rebuild the bike ceiling rack for the truck this year again. Many do not know also that Rick and Lisa as well do all the storing and organization all of our RAGBRAI gear and keep in such great shape year after year. Not many people get to see all the cleanup, repair and replacement you do on our equipment every year Rick and Lisa. AND the lost and found? Lisa thank you for handling all of it and making sure it gets back to its rightful owners at the end of RAGBRAI. If any of you are still missing anything PLEASE get ahold of Lisa and pick it up. It will be greatly appreciated.
    • Then last but not least. All of you reading this letter. Yes! Thank You for all that you did. To everyone who helped with all the truck loading and unloading at the beginning and then at the end of the week. Then those that helped daily with the loading of the truck as well as helping Jim bringing in his coolers at night each day. Together it is easy to see why we do have so much fun every year. It was all of the hard work of our group, jumping in or helping when assistance or help was needed without any hesitation. Thank you again for a great year!! Hope you will be returning for 2019 RAGBRAI.

    Speaking of which November 15th will be coming soon (only 12 days) so put it on your calendars. That is the date RAGBRAI posts the new sign up sheet for the next year. Go to the HBA new website for instructions to sign up. For veterans, it will be the same. So sign up early and don’t forget to pay your 2019 HBA dues at the same time. This year paying your membership is very easy. Remember if you are going on RAGBRAI 2019 you are to have your membership dues paid by Dec 31st, 2018. More news to follow!!!

    Quick Note: We have the Hiawatha Community Center reserved for the RAGBRAI Announcement Party on Saturday, January 26th. More detail will follow as we get a little closer.

    Mark Sillman

    Hawkeye Bicycle Association

    RAGBRAI Director


  • October 18, 2018 10:02 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    You can renew their membership from the membership renewal notice you received by email, or from the HBA site.

    To renew or upgrade your membership, click the View profile link to jump to your member profile page. 

    Memberships are for 12 months from November 1 of each year and are set to auto-renew at the end of each year. 

    From their member profile, you can perform a variety of self-service functions, including membership renewal.

    Example:

    https://cdn.elev.io/file/uploads/jEC8HySvDwISUdSg8iqChOB9kMRsiM1RCnIFiA0173M/g9m-XNDjOA236-6RVFNfswzYC37H1CcNhNvTbMZzgnw/member renew-A-8.png

    After clicking the Renew button, they will be given the opportunity to review and update their membership details.

    Until the payment is made, a Balance due notification will be shown on the notification bar.

    Auto-renew is our default setting but you can change this setting by returning to your profile after you complete your renewal and then selecting -


    Note: You will receive an email confirming your payment. On that receipt you will be notified that our payment processor is:

     Tender: Wild Apricot Payment

  • September 20, 2018 12:32 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    October 14th, 2018 6:00 p.m. 

    Register https://www.hawkeyebike.org/event-3033095

    WHERE: Hickory Room, Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th St, Hiawatha, IA POSITIONS:

    Officers to be elected–

    President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer.

    Directors -

    RAGBRAI, Membership, Touring Director, Web Master, Swine Trek.

    TERMS OF OFFICE AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    https://hawkeyebike.org/bylaws

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE:

    Nominees must be members in good standing and be present to accept nominations or provide notice of acceptance in advance of the meeting to Dennis Carpenter at ddc0553@gnail.com by October 13th, 2018



  • September 16, 2018 9:16 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Guidelines for HBA Rides

    All HBA-organized rides are open to members and non-members.

    The ride schedule will be listed and also at HBA Ride Calendar (Google Calendars)

    HBA is not responsible for last minute changes in the schedule

    In the event the ride leader wants to cancel his/her ride, the ride leader must do so from the start of the ride location unless prior arrangements have been made.

    On the days listed as T B A / T B D / Riders Choice, rides will start at the noted time at Greene Square Park. If you wish to be a ride leader on any of these days, please call Mark Dimke 775-0487 or email Mark.

    Riders are expected to wear helmets at all times. Also, riders are expected to wear a jersey, shirt, tank top or some sort of torso covering, while on an official HBA ride.

    Rides starting in Jones Park, Bever Park and Ellis Park will meet in the swimming pool parking lots.

    Leisure Rides (Slow Rides). These rides are to welcome newer riders to the sport of cycling. These rides are designed for those who want to go a slower pace or ride shorter distances than the usual club rides. These rides will provide the newer rider an opportunity to ride with a group. Families are encouraged to ride, but parents must judge the suitability of the route for their children. Leisure rides will generally be scheduled on weekends. The pace of this ride is expected to be 10 mph or less, with the entire group staying together throughout the ride. These rides will have a ride leader and the usual HBA rules will apply to this ride. Leisure rides may be scheduled on the same days as other rides.

    Saturday Rides are a little quicker and longer than the leisure rides. The ride leader stays at the rear of the group. The riders often re-group throughout the ride.

    Sunday Rides tend to be the quickest and longest rides. All level of riders are encouraged to join the ride. There will be regrouping throughout the ride, to ensure no one will be left behind.

    Complaints and suggestions from riders are to be forwarded to the Touring Director Mark Dimke and will be handled by the HBA Board, if necessary.

    All laws and regulations set forth by the State of Iowa will be obeyed.


  • August 20, 2018 7:32 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Item Due date;

    Sept 1: Payment processing functional

    Sept 10: Beta site design and functions approved by Board

    Sept 12: Beta site completely  functional

    Sept. 13 Membership list to be imported completed

    Sept. 13: All member accounts imported

    Sept. 15: All current events posted

    Sept.15: All member accounts proofed and approved

    Sept.16: First three newss post are live

    Sept.20: All content removed and archived from legacy Wordpress site.

    Sept.20: All content removed and archived from legacy ClassMate site.

    Sept. 20: Shut off old website platforms

    Sept. 20: New website live at https://hawkeyebike.org

    Sept. 23: Send email to current members notifying of site changes.


  • August 18, 2018 12:11 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    We don’t have to sell you on cycling: If you’re here, you already know the myriad benefits of riding a bike. Now, a group of scientists have discovered even more good news regarding two-wheeled transportation. In short, when it comes to mental and physical health benefits, nothing beats getting around by bike.

    The findings, which were published in Environment International, were part of the European Union-funded—and awesomely named—PASTA (Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches) study that included surveys of thousands of people (8,802 completed the baseline survey; 3,567 answered the final questionnaire) from seven European cities over a two-year period.

    The focus of the study was how various forms of transportation influence how people feel about their general health and wellness. The researchers asked participants how often they used various forms of transportation including public transportation, car, motorcycle, e-bike, conventional bike, and walking, along with a slew of questions about their mental and physical health, including energy levels, fatigue, stress, depression, and social wellbeing.

    The findings, which were published in Environment International, were part of the European Union-funded—and awesomely named—PASTA (Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches) study that included surveys of thousands of people (8,802 completed the baseline survey; 3,567 answered the final questionnaire) from seven European cities over a two-year period.

    The focus of the study was how various forms of transportation influence how people feel about their general health and wellness. The researchers asked participants how often they used various forms of transportation including public transportation, car, motorcycle, e-bike, conventional bike, and walking, along with a slew of questions about their mental and physical health, including energy levels, fatigue, stress, depression, and social wellbeing.

    In the end, bicycle riders hit the transportation jackpot, with those pedaling to and fro on traditional bikes yielding the best results in every analysis. Here are the top findings the researchers teased out.

    You feel healthier

    No surprise here. Related PASTA project research found that daily cyclists weigh less than their peers, and that people who switch from driving to cycling for their daily commute lose weight and have healthier body mass indexes (BMIs). Cycling also helps keep your immune system stronger as you age and can slow down the aging process. All that shows in how good you feel.

    Related: Want to fly up hills? Climb! gives you the workouts and mental strategies to conquer your nearest peak.

    You’re less stressed

    Exercise like cycling not only helps keep stress hormones like cortisol in check, but also makes you more stress-resilient over time, so you’re less likely to sweat the small stuff and more likely to feel more chill overall.

    Other transportation research has echoed these findings: Those who bike to work arrive less stressed than those who arrive by car.

    You’re less lonely

    Being on a bike makes you feel more at one with your environment, so you’re less likely to feel isolated and alone. Also, the more you wave and say hi to other pedestrians and cyclists, the less lonely you’ll feel (that’s actually not a scientifically-proven fact, but is an awesome idea).

    Dennis



  • August 15, 2018 10:24 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Learning to RIDE RIGHT should start young and this is the perfect way to reinforce bicycle safety with children. It includes Do’s & Don’ts and snippets of safety information all children should know.

    Whether you’re an educator in a school, involved in a bike club or just planning a family bike ride, these teaching aids can help instruct others on bicycle safety

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