RAGBRAI XLIV Countdown – July 24-30, 2016
Friends of RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI news team

Unicyclists head across Iowa



Most RAGBRAI cyclists have opted for a two-wheeled instead of four-wheeled trek across Iowa.
A few take it a step farther and go down to one wheel.
Tim Roberts, 30, and Jason Pardie, 25, are riding unicycles across Iowa. The goal is to ride every mile of RAGBRAI.
“This is hopefully the second year I do the whole route,” Pardie said. “I do it for the challenge.”
Pardie’s unicycle fell off a roof and was hit by a truck on the way to the ride. But he managed to borrow one and ride.
“I was pretty pumped,” he said. “I thought I was going to have to ride a bicycle.”
Roberts said he was also intrigued by the idea.
“I used to be a two-wheeler and I’ll eventually go back to being a two-wheeler,” he said. “But I thought ‘this sounds like a really interesting challenge, let’s see if we can make it happen.”
The unicycles get a little less comfortable as the week progresses. And hills can be a challenge. The trick, they said, was to keep momentum on the way up and be careful but relaxed on the pedals on the way down. A couple hills needed to be walked.
But both said they were enjoying in.
“This is probably the most fun place you can bring a unicycle,” Roberts said.

Leave a Reply

Latest Blog Posts

  • RAGBRAI Training: How Much Riding Should I Do to Prepare for RAGBRAI?

    This is probably the most common question I receive so chances are you have wondered about this as well. I’ll start by giving my standard answer. I suggest ...

  • Chris Charron (1961-2016)

    We are saddened to learn that Chris Charron, of Maxwell, IA, passed away on Friday while visiting his daughter and grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

  • Remembering Chris Charron

    The thoughts and prayers of the ‪#‎RAGBRAI‬ Nation are with the family of Chris Charron. Chris had a huge heart and always thought of ways to help others.

  • A Reminder About RAGBRAI Registration

    The deadline for online week-long registration is April 1. You must have your entry submitted and payment made by April 1, don’t wait until after the lottery to submit your ...

  • RAGBRAI Route: Saturday, July 30 - Washington to Muscatine

    Here is the complete route from Washington to Muscatine. The ride encompasses 49.7 miles with just 1,314 feet of climb. Riders will visit all first-time towns on their ...

  • RAGBRAI Route: Friday, July 29 - Ottumwa to Washington

    Here is the complete route from Ottumwa to Washington. The riders will enjoy 68.5 miles that includes 2,541 feet of climb. Riders will make welcome stops in Hedrick ...

  • RAGBRAI Route: Thursday, July 28 - Centerville to Ottumwa

    Here is the complete route from Centerville to Ottumwa. The route travels 50.7 miles with just 1,999 feet of climb. The morning ride over Rathbun Dam is a ...

  • Hydration Tips from nuun: 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

    Here is the first in a series of hydration tips from nuun as you prepare for RAGBRAI. nuun is the official hydration sponsor of RAGBRAI. Staying hydrated is easier ...

  • RAGBRAI Route: Wednesday, July 27 - Leon to Centerville

    The route treks mainly east for 65.1 miles with just 2,708 feet of climb. You can tell friends that you rode your bike to New York, Bethlehem and Mystic ...

  • RAGBRAI Route: Tuesday, July 26 - Creston to Leon

    Here is the complete route from Creston to Leon. The route travels 58.5 miles with a challenging 3,318 feet of climb. You will get to ride some nice ...

Latest Videos

  • Darrel Harken of Riceville said goodbye to his daughter Grace as she headed home on her bike. Moments later he and his other daughter Hannan stop at a car accident only to discover the woman who was hit by a car is Grace.

  • Where will RAGBRAI ride in 2016? See the full RAGBRAI XLIV route including overnight and stopover towns.

  • Register reporters talk with RAGBRAI founder John Karras about the announcement that RAGBRAI and the Des Moines Register were working to create a statue of Karras and fellow founder Don Kaul.

  • RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz talks about the southern Iowa 2016 route. "We haven't been to some of these towns in a long time!" he says.

  • Miss the live RAGBRAI 2016 overnight town announcement show? Join Kyle Munson, Michael Morain as they chat with RAGBRAI riders and towns vying for a spot on this year's route. And learn the overnight towns, of course!

  • Watch as RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz unveils the 2016 RAGBRAI overnight towns. The route is heading to the southern cities of Glenwood, Shenandoah, Creston, Leon, Centerville, Ottumwa, Washington and Muscatine.

  • Get the details on this year's RAGBRAI overnight towns in southern Iowa.

  • Join the "Tr3s" amigos for the 2016 BACooN ride June 18 on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. There will be a plethora of bacon.

  • What will the route go for RAGBRAI 2016? Register reporter Kyle Munson and Michael Morain try again to get the early scoop.

  • This year's logo theme is "It's time to take a break."

Find us socially

Email Signup

Sign up for the latest RAGBRAI news and notes (if there is no news in a day, you won’t get an e-mail).

© 2016 RAGBRAI | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy