Some of us like to know where we are going when we ride. For those of you that do, I’ve pulled together a couple of resources you can use to visualize your ride on RAGBRAI this year. There are a couple of sites which show maps and course information about this year’s RAGBRAI. I’m attaching links below so you can see each day’s course and elevation, from GeoBike www.Geobike.com , Map My Ride www.mapmyride.com and the Des Moines Register http://ragbrai.com/data/2009/ragbrai-main-map-2009.php.
The Geobike site provides a nice summary of RAGBRAI on their homepage and profiles data about wind direction, weather and elevation and a lot of other statistics about RAGBRAI courses, past and present. The MapMyRide information was recently provided by a fellow Twitterer, @geekcoach. You can see street maps, topographical maps and satellite maps of the course. You can even download it to your Garmin. So as RAGBRAI gets closer and you get more excited, take a look and see in detail what the ride looks like and where it goes.
Day 1: Council Bluffs to Red Oak:
Day 2: Red Oak to Greenfield:
Day 3: Greenfield to Indianola:
Day 4: Indianola to Chariton:
Day 5: Chariton to Ottumwa:
Day 6: Ottumwa to Mount Pleasant:
Day 7: Mount Pleasant to Burlington:
Happy visualizing, the real thing will be here before you know it.
Coach David Ertl
David Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Coach. He coaches individual cyclists, the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team and the JDRF Greater Iowa Chapter for the Ride to Cure Diabetes. He is also an NSCA certified Personal Trainer. He can be contacted at Coach@CyclesportCoaching.com .