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Volunteer To Host RAGBRAI Riders

How Many Tents Will Your Yard Hold?

June 19, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Emmetsburg will be an overnight host for bicyclers traveling across the State of Iowa on RAGBRAI XVII this summer.

The housing committee has requests from 180 teams and individuals who are looking for a yard to camp in or a home to sleep in on Monday night, July 21. Some teams have been located, but there are many more that need to be placed.

Anyone interested in hosting bicycle riders is asked to contact Jeremy Ward at 712-852-5210 or e-mail jward@iowalakes.edu

Here is a partial list of riders. Choose the team you can host and contact Jeremy with the team number:

43. Team WOW: Team of 2 males and 5 females. Looking for in home sleeping space for 7 people. Would like to use shower and toilet facilities. WOW stands for Week on Wheels or Weak on Wheels, depending on our training. Team has people who have anywhere from 17 to 25 + years or riding RAGBRAI. There are no couples on this team. Team age ranges from 54-68 years young. We are professionals; teachers, social workers, psychologist, business managers. Two are from Baltimore, Maryland and they think Iowa is Heaven. We are not a party team, but are social and have fun. Early to bed, early to rise, very neat and clean, considerate group. Would like air conditioning, a place to sleep on the floor in home, and use of restroom facilities. If there is an extra bed or couch, we would consider that a luxury.

44. Team Renssy Riders: Team of 4 males and 4 females. Looking for space for a 31 foot RV at a home. Age range is 40-50.

45. Team Corn Bred: Team of 1 male and 3 females. Would like access to a home where they could park a 33 foot motor home and access to 110 outlet. They are a non-smoking group. All are originally born in Wright County, Iowa and they are a family group.

46. Team Silly N Goofy: Team of 1 male and 3 females. Would like in home sleeping space only if it storms. They would need floor space for 4 people. They are a non-smoking group. Would like access for tent camping for 3 tents in the yard and access to shower and toilet facilities. One is a retired IT manager from John Deere. One will be retiring from the Geneseo Police Department. One is an owner of a barber shop. One is a small farm operator. We are a quiet group, but have no problem with those who wish to party, within reason. We pride ourselves in leaving no evidence of our visit.

47. Team CycWard: Team of 3 males and 3 females. Would like in home floor space for 6 people and access to shower and toilet facilities. Age of family is from 26-54 years of age.

48. Team Numbutt: Team of 4 males and 2 females. Looking for in home floor space for 6 people. We have air beds and bedding. Would like access to shower and toilet facilities. Banker and a teacher in the group. Ages range from 16-59.

49. Group of 1 male and 1 female. Looking for in bedroom and shower and toilet facilities. Retired, married couple. Ages 60 and 62. Non-smokers and non-drinkers. This is their first RAGBRAI.

51. Team Papa John: Team consists of 7 members who are requesting in-house floor space for sleeping bags with facilities for hot showers. We prefer to be housed in town, but we have a vehicle and could be housed out of town.

52. Team Must Have: Team of 11 males and 4 females. Team looking for tenting in yard for 12 tents or sleeping in home for space for 13 people. Have a motor home or van for driveway parking needed, would like access to shower and toilet facilities. Average age of team is 47 years. Garage space is fine with us and we don't have to be in house with floor space. Truck and camper hookup w/110 volt and garden hose connection would be great. We have a 25 foot camper and truck.

53. Team LiverStrong: Team of 9 males and 5 females. Looking for tenting in yard for 10 tents. Sleeping space in side for 10-14 people would be great bonus. Would like access to shower and toilet facilities. We are respectful, seasoned riders ages 25-60.

54. Team Ginnys Kids: Team of 2 male and 2 females. Looking for a home to park motor home or van in driveway and access to shower and toilet facilities. Age 50-60, professionals and friendly.

55. Team JB's Extreme Bike Club: Team of 5 males and 1 female. Looking for host home for 1 tent in the yard, motor home or van in driveway and access to shower and toilet facilities.

56. Team Friends and Relatives: Team of 9 males and 5 females. Looking for tenting in a yard for 7 tents and access to shower and toilet facilities.

57. Individual looking for housing. More details to come in future.

58. Team Crazy Train: Team of 6 males and 2 females. Looking for home that can have space for 2-3 small tents in yard and a 31 foot RV in driveway, and access to shower and toilet facilities. Ages range from 30-50 years. Consist of 2 personal business owners, 4 medical professionals, 1 performance artist and 1 early childhood educator. We have participated for the last 5 years.

59. Team Whine and Dine: Team of 1 male and 1 female. Would like in home sleeping space or in home floor space for 2. From Grand Rapids, Michigan. Team is riding in their 22nd RAGBRAI. Consists of a 72 year old graphic design consultant who enjoys golf, lifting weights, and is a household handyman. Another 72 year old who is retired and a substitute teacher, plays golf, bikes, kayaks, and gardens. Both volunteer for local school district, our church and area parks. One is a native of Corning, Iowa. Would like indoor space to put down 2 air mattresses and sleeping bags, (or a double bed-hint-hint) and a place to shower. They are non-smokers, fairly quiet and will be in bed early and up early.

60. Team Clab-Stein: Team of 12 males and 6 females. Looking for home for 14 tents in the yard and access to shower and toilet facilities. Team consists of members from 8 states, with 12 years of riding, ages ranging from 37-72.

61. Team Fat Babies: Group of 6 males and 3 females. Looking for tenting in yard for 1 or 2 tents, motor home or van space in driveway and access to shower and toilet facilities. They are an eclectic group with an age range of 35-63. We are a fun loving, low maintenance group.

62. Team He-Mens: Team of 4 males and 1 female. Looking for a home to hookup an RV with a 30 amp hookup.

63. Team Des Sux: Team of 3 males and 3 females. Looking for in home sleeping space or in home floor space for 6 and access to shower and toilet facilities.

64. Team Squeals and Wheels: Team of 3 male and 3 females. Looking for tent space in yard for 4 tents or in house sleeping space or in home floor space for 6 people. Would like access to shower and toilet facilities. 2 married couples on team and half are from Virginia and half are from Iowa.

65. Team Shadflies: Looking for tenting in a yard for 2 tents, in home sleeping space or in home floor space for 2 people. Would need space for motor home or van in driveway and access to shower and toilet facilities. They are an older crowd with average age of 60. Driver is an ex-fire chief.

66. Team Navy: Team of 44 people consisting of active and retired military riders with an average age of 50. Would need tenting space for 15 tents and parking for a motor home or van in driveway.

67. Team Slap! Cycling: Team of 6 males and 2 females. Looking for tenting space for 5 tents in a yard and access to shower and toilet facilities.

68. Team WPU Alumni: Team of 6 male and 6 females. Looking for in home sleeping space for 12 people for beds or floor space. Beds, couches, or floor would be appreciated.

69. Team AR Riders: Team of 4 males and 2 females looking for a home to park a motor home. Would like to hook up for 30 amps and for hose for water.

70. Team Contraire Tour: Team of 5 males and 3 females. Looking for tenting in a yard for 3 tents, in home sleeping, or floor space inside for 8, along with access to shower and toilet facilities. Group are former Iowans, they are Hawkeye fans, all are older than 30 and are an extended family.

71. Team Suenosdelcamino: Team of 1 male and 1 female. Looking for sleeping space inside a home and shower and toilet facilities. A married couple seeking to throw sleeping bags on a bed. They have allergies to smoke, cats, mold and mildew.

72. Group of females looking for in home sleeping space. Team of 2 middle-aged college friends trying to do RAGBRAI. We promise to be low maintenance.

73. Team Hellbent: Team of 6 males and 5 females. Looking for tenting in yard for 6 tents, or in home sleeping space and access to shower and toilet facilities.

74. Team Megacycles: Team of 11 males and 2 females. Looking for tenting in yard for 12 tents and shower and toilet facilities. It's their 25th year of riding. Most of us are Ham Radio operators from all over the country. Mature group, enjoy a good time and entertainment, and occasional beverage, but are not party animals.

75. Team GDB (Greater Dallas Bicyclists): Team of 5 males and 1 female. Looking for floor space for 6 in home and shower and toilet facilities. One is a Vice-President for CSG International, born and raised in Nebraska and this is his 4th RAGBRAI. One is a retired Chief Engineer for Panda Energy and this is his 10th RAGBRAI. One is a US Postal Service employee, originally from Carson Iowa and this is his 5th RAGBRAI. One is a retired GTE/Verizon executive and this is his 11th RAGBRAI. One is a high school math teacher, and this is his 11th RAGBRAI; first one after two hip replacement surgeries last year. One owns a public affairs firm and it's her 2nd RAGBRAI. Don't smoke or drink more than an occasional beer, so alcohol-free is fine. They will have a vehicle likely a SUV with trailer. Looking for space on floors, but would happily accept beds or sofas. We will have sleeping bags and pads, bathroom/shower availability is key.

76. Group of 1 male, 1 female. Looking for in home sleeping space and shower and toilet facilities. Husband and wife couple, non-smokers. We need 1 double bed or 2 single beds. We need shower and toilet facilities. Average age is 72. Requesting housing close to Lake Country Cyclist Ankeny who transports our bags.

77. Team Bullfrogs: Team of 7 males and 3 females. Looking for tenting in yards for 10 tents. Need parking for bus in street or driveway and access to shower and toilet facilities. We would smoke outside only. Veteran RAGBRAI team, half are in their mid 50s, half are in late 20s.

78. Group of 1 male, 1 female. Would like sleeping space inside or on the floor inside. Married couple, musician, farmer, librarian (more fun than we sound.. : )

A complete list of housing requests is available at the Emmetsburg Chamber Office.

 
 
 

 

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