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Ames RAGBRAI information

We are so excited to have you in Ames! After a long day of cycling and enjoying the beautiful Iowa scenery, let us give you a true Cyclone welcome at the best overnight town in RAGBRAI L. On this page, you will find maps, how to spend your day as a support driver, road closures, downtown food and drink vendors, entertainment, and FAQs.  

Ames maps

Support drivers

Don’t miss the fun waiting for your RAGBRAI rider(s) on Tuesday (July 25), or after they take off on Wednesday – discover all there is to do in Ames! With food and fun from dusk to dawn, you’re sure to be satisfied with your day. 

Check out all there is to DO, EAT, SHOP, and STAY with our Visitors Guide to Ames and Iowa State University. 

Food & drink vendors

Enjoy over 30 of our favorite food and drink vendors in Downtown Ames! With such a wide variety of options, including burgers, Mexican, Greek, BBQ, sweet treats, and even coffee! You’re sure to find something you love.  

Beverage tents and food vendors will be stationed throughout Main Street and open from 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Road Closures

Ames RAGBRAI entertainment

Main Stage

  • On Main Street and Douglas, facing West
  • 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

First National Bank Stage

  • On Burnett and Main Street, facing South
  • 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

Need more information?

Our main office, at 1601 Golden Aspen Dr. Suite 110 Ames, Iowa, will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

Contact via phone at (515) 232-4030.

Frequently asked questions

If you are not staying with a resident of Ames, we have campground locations available for register RAGBRAI riders. View a map of campground locations here. 

We recommend Wednesday day riders get dropped off in the Ames Sam’s Club parking lot at 305 Airport Rd. From here there is easy access to the bike trail on the north side of Airport Rd. Riders can follow the bike trail West until reaching University Boulevard where they then will go north to Mortensen Rd. The route on Wednesday morning will begin at University and Mortensen Rd.

Showers are located at Brookside Park (main campground) – $8 for shower; $2 for towel, Towers North (Pork Belly) – $8 for shower; $1 for towel, Lied Rec Center – $10 (includes towel), State Gym – $10 (includes towel), Brancel Charters (Haunted Forest Campground) – $8 for shower; $2 for towel, and Furman Aquatic Center (1635 13th St) – $7 for shower

Food and drink vendors will be located at campgrounds, the welcome rally, and Downtown Ames during our festival. Many Ames businesses will also be available during this time.

We have designated parking for those who will be biking into Ames. Lots B1 and C1 located just north of Hilton Coliseum and the Iowa State Center. These are the yellow parking lots on this map

The beer tent will open at 2:30 p.m. on July, 25 and close at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at information booths. 

Parking for registered RAGBRAI support vehicles are located in lots G2, G4, and G8 south of Jack Trice Stadium. Short-term and mid-term parking for riders starting or ending their ride in Ames will be located at North Grand Mall. For Wednesday day riders, park in lot B1 and C1 north of Hilton and Scheman. 

Three shuttle routes will be provided with a drop off/pickup downtown on the south side of the Community Center (515 Clark Avenue). These will run from 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. and circulate about every 20 – 30 minutes. For the full shuttle route and other maps visit the Ames RAGBRAI maps page.

Riders and members of the community are invited to downtown Ames to enjoy a wide variety of food and drink vendors, games, as well as live music. 

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