Please read these latest instructions if you are riding RAW this year. These were emailed to all participants through RunSignUp, but we have heard a number of people didn’t get the email.

 

 

What is the schedule?

Friday, August 10th:

  • 10am: Riders arrive at Kennedy Park in Kenosha for packet pick-up and to begin boarding motor coaches and their loading bikes. You can park for free in the grass north of the loading zone 44th Street. Bring your overnight backpack (not a suitcase since you have to carry this when you ride to your hotel in Dubuque). We will transport that backpack back to Kenosha (or Beloit and Kenosha for two-day riders).

Click on image above to see larger map, click here to open Google map.

  • Noon: Buses leave Kenosha for Dubuque
  • 4pm: Buses arrive Dubuque, unload bikes, head to hotels
  •  5:00pm packet pick-up continues in Dubuque at Five Flags Center (405 Main Street, Dubuque, IA) for those who did not take the motor coach from Kenosha.
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner with Jens Voigt at Five Flags if you signed up for that option, or dinner on your own.
  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm: Jens talk at Five Flags Center

Saturday, August 11th:

  • 5:00 am, begin staging for start on Main Street in downtown Dubuque by the Holiday Inn (450 Main Street, Dubuque, IA)
  • 6:00am official start
  • 6:22am is sunrise
  • 2pm: Cut off time for riders passing Beloit
  • 3pm buses take 105-mile riders back to Kenosha
  • 6pm Cut off for Bonner Lake rest stop
  • 2pm-10pm Kenosha Finish Party at Simmons Island Beach Park

What is included if I purchase the transportation option from Kenosha to Dubuque?

You get a spot on a comfy motor coach, and Wheel & Sprocket will carefully pack your bike with moving blankets on a two-level moving van. They will also bring your overnight backpack back to Kenosha from Dubuque for you.

Is there a cut-off time?

Sunset is at 7:43 PM, and last year we asked a few riders to get in our sag vehicle at 8:30 PM because they were still more than 2 hours from the finish in Kenosha. We won’t force anyone to get in the sag vehicle, but we will not keep ride support on the road after 8:30 PM. Any riders refusing a lift to the finish will be riding on their own.

What is for lunch?

Lunch will be catered by The Rock Bar & Grill, right off the bike trail on the Rock River in Beloit. You will get your choice of freshly made wraps. The vegetarian wrap will have lettuce, roasted red pepper, cucumber, tomato, and sweet chili mayo. Meat eaters will have a choice between turkey with lettuce, shredded cheese, tomato, and mayo or grilled chicken wrap lettuce, ranch dressing and bacon bits. Of course, there will be chips from Beloit’s own Frito Lay to get some carbs and salt back in your system, along with a cookie for dessert.

We have found that because riders have been eating regularly at all the other rest stops they only need a small lunch despite having just finished riding 105 very hilly miles. Riders are also anxious to get back on their bikes and get to the finish in Kenosha, so we have moved to easier to eat meals.

What is for Dinner?

  • Kenosha: The finish party in Kenosha is catered by DeRango’s, The Pizza King of Kenosha. Derango’s will be serving a variety of pizzas, Italian beef and sausage bomber sandwiches and have water and soda. Beer is provided by Public Craft Brewing, of Kensoha.

How far apart are the rest stops?

You can also find these on the map.

  • New Diggings (25 miles), basic, staffed 6:30am-9:30am

  • Holland Dairy Farm (41.6), Chocolate Milk! 7:30am-10:30am

  • Monroe (66), full, staffed 8:30am-1:30pm

  • Avon (85), basic, staffed 10am-2pm

  • Beloit (104), full, staffed 11:30am-3:00pm

  • Walworth (128), basic 1pm-4pm

  • Bohner Lake (155) basic, 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Kenosha Finish (175), full, staffed 3pm-9pm

Rest stop staffing times are based on slow riders averaging 12mph, fast riders 20mph, including rest stops. Ideally people who sign up should be able to average 15mph, including stops. That is pretty doable if riding in a group. Anyone not able to average 12mph will be sagged or told they are riding without support.

Rest stop staffing times are based on slow riders averaging 12mph, fast riders 20mph, including rest stops. Ideally people who sign up should be able to average 15mph, including stops. That is pretty doable if riding in a group. Anyone not able to average 12mph will be sagged or told they are riding without support.

Is there a registration cap?

Yes, we are closing registration at 1,200. Last year we had 800 riders. Nearly everyone who finished told us they plan to sign up again and bring a friend, It that is true, RAW could grow rapidly this year. To ensure we don’t grow too fast and can put on another fun, safe ride, we plan to cap the ride at 1,200.

Can I receive a refund if I am unable to participate?

RAW does not grant refunds. A registrant may “cancel” their registration up to 15 minutes following the completion of their registration. We do, however, offer registration transfers.

Once registered; if unable to participate, Access your registration “Profile > My Registered Races” to complete your transfer.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that all proceeds from RAW support the Wisconsin Bike Fed. If you can’t make it for some reason and don’t know anyone who wants to ride in your place, we can give you a donation receipt to use for tax purposes and your money will go to support our safety education programing.

How long will it take me to finish? 

How fast can you ride 175 miles? Last year the fastest group finished in just under nine hours and the last rider crossed the line in 14 hours.

Is this a race?

No, this is a long, hard ride, but not a race. Bragging rights are that you finished. Expect to ride at a brisk, but conversational pace, and everyone will follow all the rules of the road at all times.

Will there be timing? Where can I find my results?

Remember, this is not a race? If we have timing at all, it will only be for accountability sake and we will not be posting finish times. This is a long ride. If you want to know how long it takes you, look at your watch, your phone or bicycle computer.

Will the roads be closed to motor vehicle traffic?

No, riders must follow all rules of the road. We expect all riders to be “roll models” and ambassadors for cycling.

How do I get back from Kenosha if I live in Dubuque?

Email Wheel & Sprocket to reserve a ride back to Dubuque.

Can I end my ride in Beloit?

Sure, but we do not have a discounted rate for “half RAW.” We don’t have transportation options to or from Beloit either, but you can try to arrange that on your own if you want.

Can I start my ride in Beloit?

See above

Why is it so expensive?

It is very expensive to put on a high quality, point to point ride, but our price is in line with the national average for similar rides and Fondos. We also offer some of the best ride support, food and beverages you will find on any organized ride of this size and distance. We feel our ride is a good value compared to similar rides in Wisconsin and across the country.

If I choose the two-day option, will you transport my baggage to and from Beloit?

Yes, baggage transport to and from Beloit is included.