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Rider resources for Ames RAGBRAI


Get ready for an evening full of classic rock, delicious food, games, and beer gardens in the heart of downtown Ames. Headlining for this concert series, Hairball is sure to provide the greatest hits of the ’80s. 

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Main Stage (Main and Burnett)

  • Danny Grause – 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Stranger Than Fiction – 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Burnin’ Sensations – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Hairball – 8:30-10:30 p.m.

First National Bank Stage (Main and Douglas)

  • Great Caesar’s Goat – 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Foxpin – 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Buckmiller/Schwager Band – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • The Cherrypickers – 9:00-11:00 p.m.

Ames route map

RAGBRAI riders will enter Ames on South Dakota Ave. heading north, then go east on Mortensen Rd. As riders approach campus they will head north on Beach Ave. to Jack Trice Stadium. Cyclists will ride through the stadium concourse, exiting across the East Gateway Pedestrian Bridge. Expect fun surprises along the way!

Housing & campgrounds

We’re so happy to have you in Ames! The Ames community is working hard to help provide a true Cyclone welcome to RAGBRAI riders. To request a host for your overnight stay, please visit the housing portal.  

The main tent campgrounds are located at Brookside Park and overflow will be directed to various campgrounds throughout Ames. 

Busses and RV’s will park in lot S, just east of Jack Trice Stadium. The premium RV campground lot will be located in athletics lot G7 and will require a pass to camp. This premium lot includes electrical hookups and a level, concrete pad for RV’s. Click here to learn more about this upgrade. 

Don’t want to camp? We have a wide variety of hotels and motels available. 

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

While you're here, stay awhile

Frequently asked questions

You can request housing with an Ames resident through our housing portal. We also have campgrounds available for registered RAGBRAI riders, as well as a variety of hotels in the area. 

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. To see the locations of all official Ames RAGBRAI vendors and other maps visit the Ames RAGBRAI maps page.

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.

The City of Ames will also have a designated drop off at 321 State Ave. in Ames. 

Water bottle fill stations will be located in lot G10, Brookside Park (main campground), and Towers. 

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

A manhole at Hunziker Youth Sports Complex will be open as an RV dump location. This area will be staffed from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. View a map to the dump site

The beer tents will open at 2:30 p.m. on July, 25 and close at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the welcome rally, downtown, and at information booths around campgrounds. 

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.

Information booths will be located around campgrounds. Exact locations are to be determined. 

It is your responsibility to collect and retain your host’s information if you are staying with a host family during RAGBRAI. Please keep all records of contact with your host family and share with any team members who may also need this information.

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