• February 10, 2020 11:54 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    RAGBRAI announces 2020 route: Annual cycling event will pass through these Iowa towns.

    Image may contain: 4 people, including Lynda K Ficken Haddy and Tom Pardonek, people smiling, people standing and indoor

    RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party January 25th at the Hiawatha Community Center. Photo of Lynda, Paul, Tom and Richard in a four way tie for guessing the 2020 route, counter with a selection of 9 variations of chili (all delicious) and trophy for first place chili won by Tom Ehlen.

    $900 was raised to benefit Connect CR by silent auction of a quilt, travel bag and a purse set all made by member Sunny Zhang. Thanks to the Social Committee, the time and talents of Sunny and the support provided by Northtowne Cycling & Fitness and all who contributed to a successful Route Announcement Party.

  • October 16, 2019 8:56 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    I just wanted to touch base on the recent events with RAGBRAI. It is a very sad development I am sure you have all seen on TV and been reading about concerning the announcement by the Des Moines Register that TJ Juskiewicz and his entire RAGBRAI crew have left RAGBRAI. In the announcement they said TJ started a new bike ride called Iowa's Bike Ride. They gave some of the information about the ride in the article and also why TJ and his crew decided to leave RAGBRAI. The Register stated there will be a RAGBRAI for 2020.

    At this point and time HBA is going to step back and see what develops. I feel we need a lot more information and to let things shake out and cool down before jumping to conclusions or making any rash decisions at this time.

    I am not going to set up our website to start taking applications on Nov 15th like normal. We have plenty of time to see how things will shake out and get joined up. I will keep you updated as we move forward as to developments going forward.

    Many of us have ridden RAGBRAI for many years and this is devastating news. RAGBRAI is very deep in tradition. 2023 will be the 50th year for RAGBRAI. We have heard some of what TJ and his crew are upset about. However this in my opinion is probably the straw that broke the camels back unfortunately. So patience is the best order of the day at this point. As we get more information and can start putting things together I will get them out as quickly as possible.

    Until we know more thank you for your patience. Have a Great Week!!

    Mark Sillman

    RAGBRAI Director Hawkeye Bicycle Association

  • August 13, 2019 11:41 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

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  • July 16, 2019 5:41 PM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    As you may recall, earlier in the spring this year we had a social event at Northtowne Cycling and Derek showed us a video about a new trail project called ConnectCR. That was the first time we heard about it and in the past several months we got more information about this project and now ConnectCR is the talk of town, and I am very excited about it. You can see the video again here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCPZ3jWsw08#action=share, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j02f8ik_WTQ#action=share).

    Briefly, ConnectCR is a $20 million project to beautify (the word they used is revitalize) the Cedar Lake and construct a pedestrian/biker bridge (the sleeping giant) across the Cedar River near the NewBo and Czech Village in downtown. As any good campaign, the heavy lifting is almost done, with almost $18 million pledged, and now it transitions into a more public phase to generate more support from the general public like us and more importantly to create more public awareness of this project. HBA as an organization has always been an enthusiastic supporter of trails and trail enhancement in Cedar Rapids and Linn County. This campaign fits very well with our mission statement that “HBA promotes bicycling safety and advocates bicycle friendly communities”. As you may proudly remember that during the last major campaign to finish trail paving to Center Point, HBA played a major role by raising more than $33,000 (out of about $100,000 local support needed to secure grand funding).

    I feel, as you do, a keen ownership anytime I ride to Center Point on this section of CVNT. We are going to have a similar feeling when we ride across the Cedar River on this brand-new bridge. So, will you please join the HBA board to spread the words and to give your full support.

    Here is what the board would like to do:

    1. Please send your donation to HBA, make it payable to ConnectCR (which is registered as a non-profit organization and your donation is potentially tax-deductible).
    2. As we did last time, dollars given to ConnectCR will be counted as points earned riding towards offset for the RAGBRAI fee in the coming years.
    3. Our club will match, dollar for dollar, all donations from HBA members up to a total of $5,000, and this will ensure a bench or a plaque on or near the bridge with HBA’s name on it.
    4. Any donations will be entered for prizes to be drawn at our fall social for gift cards to local bike shops and a finely-crafted quilt donated by a member (pictures of the quilt will be uploaded to our website soon). Additional chances to enter to win those prizes are the raffle tickets to be purchased at our fall social. Details of the prizes and rules will be provided later.

    Thank you for your support and let’s make this happen.

    Hawkeye Bicycle Association

    Board of Directors

  • May 22, 2019 9:59 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    Baoli Yang created the following area cycling maps.

  • March 08, 2019 11:25 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    For more information, you must be a member to view the next page.


  • February 01, 2019 9:14 AM | Dennis Carpenter (Administrator)

    This article was originally published in the Rails to Trails magazine. It has been posted here in an edited format.

    Imagine what’s possible with a trail that connects the country.

    Imagine ... pedaling across the entire country on a safe, seamless and scenic pathway—or walking a local trail that connects along historic routes. That vision will become a reality thanks to the Great American Rail-Trail, a signature project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and the organization’s most ambitious TrailNation™ project yet.

    The possibility of a coast-to-coast rail-trail has been known for decades as RTC tracked rail- trails being developed east to west along the same course charted by the railroad a century ago. RTC’s late co-founder David Burwell once hoped that “one day, you could go across this entire country … on flat, wide, off-road paths. I want rail-trails to be ‘America’s Main Street.’” Now, that dream—and the potential of the Great American Rail-Trail—is ready to be realized.

    The route is more than 50 percent complete—the milestone RTC has long-identified as the threshold for committing to making this trail a reality. Separated from vehicle traffic, travelers will be able to truly enjoy, embrace and experience those amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties that make up the American landscape from Washington, D.C., to Washington State

  • 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®.

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.



  • 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.

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