Why ride with us?

  • We also love to ride!
  • Safe, fun atmosphere
  • Bi-Monthly rides (Check Ride Calendar)
  • RAGBRAI participants
  • Two Yearly Signature Rides
  • We're non-profit
  • All levels of experience
  • Impromptu rides via our Facebook Group Page

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Tour the Raccoon

June 2-3, 2018

The Des Moines Cycle Club invites you to participate in our signature ride, Tour the Raccoon. This two-day tour is designed for cyclists of all levels. Each pass-through town is a welcoming community we think you’ll love. Fun activities, cold beverages, your tent and overnight bag, and a great meal await you when you arrive in the overnight town of Jefferson.

Tour the Raccoon lets you experience the entire Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT). On Saturday, we will be riding the south loop, visiting the towns of Waukee, Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, Herndon and Cooper before arriving in Jefferson. On Sunday, we’ll return to Waukee on the newer north loop through Jamaica, Dawson, Perry, Minburn and Dallas Center. The RRVT is rails-to-trails so it’s flat, paved, and a great way to introduce your entire family to longer miles. New this year, we’re adding some staffed rest stops in less populated areas, a scheduled sag service, and an optional guided gravel route.

Day-of-the-ride registration will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Vince Meyer Learning Center in Waukee. Overnight parking will be available at the school. Optional guided gravel route leaves promptly at 7:45 a.m. and passes through all the same towns, so it’s easy to try as much or as little gravel as you like.

Registration includes an evening meal, breakfast, showers, campground, and baggage delivery to the campground and back to Waukee. All registered riders will also receive some fun swag. Ride will be held regardless of weather, all registrations are final and non-refundable. Helmets are required for all riders.

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ! The Raccoon River Valley Trail requires a user permit that can be purchased for $2 a day or $10 for the full year online at the Raccoon River Valley Trail’s website, at many Des Moines area bike shops, or at any RRVT trailhead.

You’ll receive more details upon registration. For questions, please email. We look forward to riding with you!


Registration costs:

  • Prior to May 12th:
    • Members – $35
    • Non-members – $50
    • Youth (14 and under) – $25
  • May 12th through May 29th:
    • Members – $45
    • Non-Members – $60
    • Youth (14 and under) – $25
  • After May 29th, you must pay on the day of the event, June 2nd:
    • Members – $55
    • Non-Members – $70
    • Youth (14 and under) – $25

BABRAI Training
(BABRAI = Big A** Bike Ride Across Iowa)

Already have cycling down, but just need motivation and more miles under your butt? Then our BABRAI training program is what YOU need!

Join dozens of other riders who want to get in shape and have fun! You don’t have to be going on ‘that big ride’...ALL are welcome to join us, whether you’re training for any big ride or just want a lot of miles with friends. If you follow our program, you’ll have over 1500 miles under your tush by the end of July! We start you off easy, then gradually increase your miles. BABRAI meets every Wed evening and either Sat or Sun on the weekends April through July (you will receive a schedule).

Informational meeting for BABRAI will be held on Wed, Feb 28th at 6pm at the West Des Moines Public Library (Community Room), 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

Cost is $10 without a shirt; $20 with a shirt (dri-fit men's shirt); deadline to register and receive a shirt is March 14th.

Register for BABRAI

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