RAGBRAI XLII Countdown – July 20-26, 2014
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RAGBRAI Training: Final Words of Advice for a Successful and Fun RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI Training: Final Words of Advice for a Successful and Fun RAGBRAI

This is it, the final week heading into RAGBRAI XLII. Here are a few tips to consider for this final week to ensure that you have a great ride ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Tips for a Successful RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI Training: Tips for a Successful RAGBRAI

By Coach David Ertl As RAGBRAI approaches in less than a month, it’s time to get thinking about your strategy for riding RAGBRAI this year so that you have the best ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Let's Get to the Bottom of the Issue

RAGBRAI Training: Let’s Get to the Bottom of the Issue

Very frequently, the legs can carry you all the way through RAGBRAI. They may be tired but will get you there. On the other hand, often the more ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Have I Done Enough Training to Do RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI Training: Have I Done Enough Training to Do RAGBRAI?

  By Coach David Ertl This is one of the most common questions I hear about riders who are preparing for RAGBRAI, especially first time riders and I heard it again yesterday.  ...

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RAGBRAI Training: How to Ride Faster

RAGBRAI Training: How to Ride Faster

I have said more than once that RAGBRAI is not a race and the objective is not to see how fast you can get through it. My emphasis has ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Tips for Eating and Drinking on a Training Ride

RAGBRAI Training: Tips for Eating and Drinking on a Training Ride

I get quite a few questions about how one should eat and drink while riding. As I mentioned in my previous blog, you should be gradually increasing your miles ...

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RAGBRAI Training: The Secret to Training for RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI Training: The Secret to Training for RAGBRAI

by Coach David Ertl I can already see the responses to this title and several will likely involve beer.  But to your dismay I will not be talking about that aspect of ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Training Plan for RAGBRAI 2014 and How to Use it

RAGBRAI Training: Training Plan for RAGBRAI 2014 and How to Use it

One of the most popular posts I write each year is this one – the one that has the training plan in it. Once again I have put together ...

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RAGBRAI Training: How to Start Preparing for RAGBRAI While Waiting for Spring to Arrive

RAGBRAI Training: How to Start Preparing for RAGBRAI While Waiting for Spring to Arrive

by Coach David Ertl I don’t know about where you live, but here in Iowa winter rages on without much of a break. With the announcement of the RAGBRAI route, a ...

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RAGBRAI Training: How to Prepare for this Year’s RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI Training: How to Prepare for this Year’s RAGBRAI

This year’s RAGBRAI overnight towns have now been announced and that tells us some important things about this year’s route. This year’s ride is quite short and quite flat ...

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  • The NPR crew and son-of-Mr.-Pork-Chop Matt Bernhard speak to the Register's Michael Morain.

  • Riders who took the Karras Loop for a 105-mile day got a special bonus: the toilet toss in Burt. We've slowed the video down for extra fun.

  • It's been very comfortable, except for being a bit warm when it's 100 degrees out.

  • Ringsted mayor thrilled at turnout

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  • Team Nasty shares the evolution of their team name, 10 years after forming for their first RAGBRAI.

  • Heat Advisory for most of Central Iowa until 7 PM today. A cold front will move through the area this evening, giving relief to the tempatures.

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