An overhead shot of a campground at Irving Elementary brings home the size of RAGBRAI 2009.

Many of the 16,000-plus registered RAGBRAI riders heading into town today are rolling in with charters — businesses that gather up 300 to 1,500 of their closest friends and take them on a bike ride.


Kyle Jaeger of Bikes to You and RAGBRAI In Style checks out potential camping locations with campgrounds chair Ron Smith before choosing the right spot for his charter groups.

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