RAGBRAI XLIII Countdown – July 19-25, 2015
Friends of RAGBRAI

Training blog

RAGBRAI Training: Gear Up for Another RAGBRAI Season!



by Coach David Ertl

In less than a week, the overnight towns for RAGBRAI XLII will be announced.   Although RAGBRAI is still six months away, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be starting to think ahead to this year’s ride.

RAGBRAI XLII will be held on July 20-26 this year.  Registration is already open for this year’s ride.  So lock in your vacation days and get signed up.

It also isn’t too early to start thinking about preparing your bike for this coming season.  If you have neglected your bike all fall and winter, dust it off and take it in to your local bike shop and have them go over it and get it tuned up.  January is an excellent time to do this as bike shops aren’t too busy this time of year. So get a head start on your fellow cyclist and get your bike tuned up now.

In terms of your body, it also is time to think about getting it tuned up again.  If you have been too sedentary this off-season, start getting some activity.  It doesn’t have to be cycling. At this time of year, almost any activity that gets your muscles and heart rate going is good to do.  But just because it’s winter, don’t write off riding.  We get breaks in the weather, even in Iowa in January, where you can sneak out for a ride once in a while.   You can also take part in spin classes or ride your own stationary trainer.  The more you can do now, the better you will feel when you get out on your bike in earnest this spring.

I will once again be providing training blogs for RAGBRAI this year. While you are waiting for warmer weather, you can read my previous several years’ worth of blogs on the RAGBRAI website.  http://ragbrai.com/category/ragbrai-training-blog/

So get your bike, body and mind geared up for anther great RAGBRAI year!

 – Coach David Ertl

David Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Coach. He coaches the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team and is a national head coach for the the JDRF Ride To Cure Diabetes and he coaches individual cyclists. He also provides cycling training plans and ebooks at his website: http://www.CyclesportCoaching.com . He can be contacted at coach@cyclesportcoaching.com.

1 Response on “RAGBRAI Training: Gear Up for Another RAGBRAI Season!

Renae czeczok

January 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

Leave a Reply

Advertisement

Latest Blog Posts

  • RAGBRAI Training: Get Out (or Stay In) and Ride!

    RAGBRAI XLIII is still five months away but that is no reason not to think about getting on your bike and starting your preparation. I don’t know what the weather ...

  • Huey Lewis and The News to Kickoff RAGBRAI in Sioux City

    Huey Lewis and The News to Kickoff RAGBRAI in Sioux City. The Sioux City RAGBRAI Committee announced today that Huey Lewis and The News will be the featured entertainment ...

  • Paper Application Deadline

    The deadline for mailing paper applications is this Sunday, February 15.

  • RAGBRAI Training: Gear Up Now for Another Fun and Successful RAGBRAI in 2015!

    Once again Coach David Ertl will be providing training tips to help you prepare for a successful and fun RAGBRAI. Regardless of your goals, whether to ride the entire ...

  • Discuss the RAGBRAI XLIII route with director TJ Juskiewicz

    The route for RAGBRAI XLIII was unveiled on Saturday night. What do you think of the route? Have questions about how it was chosen or other details? Join us at ...

  • Just announced: The 8 RAGBRAI XLIII overnight towns

    RAGBRAI begins July 19 in Sioux City and ends July 25 in Davenport.

  • 60 photos: 2015 Ragbrai Announcement Party

    62 photos from the Ragbrai Route Announcement Party at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

  • Watch here: RAGBRAI overnight towns announced soon

    Here's what you need to know about Saturday's overnight town announcement party and how to be the first to know.

  • Where Will RAGBRAI Go This Summer?

    The Register's Kyle Munson and Michael Morain attempt to get an early look at the 2015 RAGBRAI route...

  • RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party Will Stream Live!

    Can't make it to the Route Announcement Party? Head to RAGBRAI.com for a live stream of the event starting at 8:30 Saturday night!

Latest Videos

  • RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz annouces the 2015 overnight towns. Ride will start in Sioux City and end in Davenport.

  • The Register's Kyle Munson and Michael Morain attempt to get an early look at the 2015 RAGBRAI route

  • We are excited to reveal our new logo for RAGBRAI XLIII and 2015! If you join us on our ride across the state next year, you’ll be sure to see welcoming Iowans, lots of farmland and… well you’ll just have to watch the video to find out.

  • Bicyclist Shawn Gosch of Onawa was hit and killed June 20, 2014, by a motorist on Iowa Highway 7 west of Manson. Under Iowa law, the driver of the vehicle was charged with a misdemeanor for unsafe passing and fined little more than $1,550.

  • Look back on the ride of 2014 in this video highlight reel.

  • A group of friends from Canada spent the week on RAGBRAI and recount their best moments.

  • As RAGBRAI XLII comes to an end, friends from California talk about the emotion behind dipping their tires into the Mississippi River at the end of the ride.

  • Riders react at the Guttenberg dip site.

  • Riders stopped for photos on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River at Guttenberg.

  • Iowan "Bachelorette" competitor Chris Soules greets riders in Strawberry Point

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).

© 2015 RAGBRAI | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy