This summer, Upper Iowa University’s Team Peacock will celebrate 15 years of pedaling in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)—the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Team Peacock will be making the 427-mile trek across the state of Iowa from July 21-27 and you can be part of the team. The 2019 RAGBRAI host communities include Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington and Keokuk.
There’s a huge value in joining Team Peacock. In addition to gaining lots of new friends and enjoying camaraderie along the ride, Team Peacock will pay each rider’s RAGBRAI wristband fee ($175 value) and provide new riders with a Team Peacock biking jersey ($60 value).
Enjoy the luxuries of the Peacock Support Crew. These dedicated team members take care of camping accommodations on the route. Locations vary, but in the past they have included alumni residences, city and state parks.
The Team Peacock crew will set up camp each day for riders. This includes popping up the tents and making available portable hot showers and restrooms when not provided by a host. The drink station and breakfast/snack bar includes water, sports drinks, ice, light snacks, bananas and coffee. In addition, daily laundry service is provided for the riders’ cycling gear. Transportation services will ensure all personal camping gear is safely and securely transported to the starting point as well as each town along the route. Each rider shall pay a $125 week-long camp fee (or $30 per day for daily riders) which covers all the services and amenities previously mentioned.
Ride for a Cause & Make a Difference for UIU
Since 2005, the 30-plus member UIU team has used this celebration to raise more than $1 million to support students and University projects. Each participant may select a UIU project or program to support. Options include, but are not limited to, scholarships, military initiatives, athletics, and UIU Deans and Annual funds.
Team members are responsible for a fundraising goal, based on these three categories:
UIU alumni, current student or non-rider ($500)
UIU faculty, staff or Board of Trustee rider ($750)
Friend of UIU ($1,000)
The Alumni Office will provide some marketing and fundraising support for riders, but ultimately it is up to each participant to creatively and aggressively meet their goal. Goal fulfillment is required by Friday, July 12.
March 22 – Deadline to sign up with Team Peacock (camp fee is required deposit)
July 12 – Hit your fundraising goal
July 19 – Team kickoff dinner in Fayette
July 20 – Load gear, leave for Council Bluffs (starting town) or meet the team there
July 21-27 – RAGBRAI XLVII
To officially join the team roster, riders must complete the 2019 Rider Agreement Form at https://bit.ly/2RoSxJs.
Persons unable to ride, but wish to show support by helping to offset Team Peacock expenses, are asked to visit uiu.edu/give to make a gift in any amount. Be sure to select the designation “Team Peacock General Fund.”