September 28 - October 2
Big BAM is a fully supported ride. That means there's hot coffee for you in the morning; water stops with cold water, sports drinks, and snacks along the route; SAG support if you need a lift; beer gardens; gear/luggage transport; and hot showers in camp.
5 DAYS OF RIDING!
Pre-ride camping in Defiance on September 27!
Ride begins September 28 in Defiance
and ends October 2 in Clinton.
Safety on Big BAM on the Katy
Safety on Big BAM on the Katy
Nowadays, outdoor events are the way to go. Here's a brief summary of the steps we're taking to make Big BAM on the Katy healthy and safe. Pork Belly Ventures, a longtime RAGBRAI charter service, is providing our shower service and gear transport as well as tent concierge services and rooms in their motel trailer.
Distancing for Tent Campers
On our spacious campsites, tents will be placed further from each other than usual to allow campers to come and go while maintaining a safe distance.
Excellent ventilation, frequent cleaning, and leaving some stalls unused will ensure our shower trailers are safe and healthy environments. (Pork Belly Ventures shower trailers are equipped for ventilation and each stall is sanitized and cleaned after each shower by their crew!)
Lots of Cleaning
We'll be using the recommended ratio of bleach to water and cleaning all commonly used equipment frequently.
Kybos and Hand-Sanitizing
Kybo door handles and sanitizer dispensers will be among the frequently cleaned surfaces. We're building more hand sanitizing stations as we speak. Sinks attached to our shower trailers allow for hand-washing as well.
Scattered Social Areas
Fortunately, we own a lot of pop-up tents and shade canopies, so that we can create scattered social zones across our campsites, rather than a single large social area.
Ride Participants and Ride Organizers Working Together
We appreciate all riders doing their part to make this a safe and healthy event.
Pre- and post-ride shuttle passes are $120. Riders can either park at the end location or the start location of the ride, depending on preference. Long-term parking will be available in both Defiance and Clinton. Long-term parking is included in the shuttle fee.
Pre-ride Shuttle from Clinton to Defiance
Pre-ride shuttle will depart from Clinton on September 27 at noon from from the Waggoner Complex.
Post-ride Shuttle from Clinton to Defiance
Post-ride shuttle will depart from Clinton on October 2 for Defiance at 3 p.m. from the Waggoner Complex campsite, across from the Katy Trail trailhead.
In addition, Enterprise Rental Car will deliver a rental to Clinton on October 2 for those who want to drive alone (or if you need to drive to MCI to catch a flight). Just call Enterprise and book.
NEW ADDITION! Pre-ride Ride Shuttle from Clinton to Defiance
Want to add an extra day to your ride for no extra charge? Pre-ride ride shuttle will depart from Clinton on September 26 at noon from from the Waggoner Complex for riders who want to add an extra day to their ride from Machens to Defiance on September 27 before the official ride begins on September 28.
Katy Trail Fast Facts:
The Katy Trail is a trail surfaced with ground limestone. The surface is very fine and does not contain large, loose rocks. You do not need special tires for this ride.
Because the Katy Trail was once a rail line, it contains no steep grades. While there is noticeable elevation change, you won't encounter any steep hills.
The Rock Island connector to Pleasant Hill intersects the Katy Trail at Windsor. It's part of the former Rock Island Line which could become another Rails-to-Trails state Park soon!
Katy Trail State Park formally opened in 1999
This ride passes through lots of charming small towns, by wineries, cafes, and some of Missouri's most picturesque scenery.