Bicycle Tours: RVers Earn Extra Cash On Sponsored Bike Ride Support Teams

Bicycle tours are an opportunity for RVers to earn some extra money. You can work as the support crew for sponsored bike rides. Individual riders are also willing to pay RVers for helping.

For many years, I used to do a bike ride across Iowa called RAGBRAI. It is a strictly camping ride. As I got older, I was desperate to soften the camping aspect of this. I was willing to rent an RV and hire a driver (impossible - the rental companies won't allow vehicles to be used on RAGBRAI).

I was willing to find someone with an RV and pay him to drive his RV in support of me on the ride. I was going to pay expenses, plus enough to make it worth their while. I could not find anyone.

At this point, I am not able to do the ride, but there might be someone else out there willing to pay for such an arrangement. The ride has a reputation for lots of craziness, but I suspect there are older riders who are just interested in getting a good night's sleep.

Note that there are also many other similar rides, and that there are companies that provide baggage hauling and tent/towel services, which might also be a possible job.

I just wanted a place to sleep. This is an extreme example at the other end of the spectrum.


Editor's note: This article on working as a bike tour support person was written and submitted by John Riley, based on his personal experience as a RAGBRAI ride participant. RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa, sponsored by the The Des Moines Register. RAGBRAI started in 1973 and averages about 472 miles. It is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

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