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RAGBRAI Training: Healthy Eating on RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI Training: Healthy Eating on RAGBRAI

Cycle Coach David Ertl gives us tips on how to ride RAGBRAI without gaining weight.

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RAGBRAI Training: Rule #5: Cycling is a Great Exercise, But Not Perfect

RAGBRAI Training: Rule #5: Cycling is a Great Exercise, But Not Perfect

Here we are at the final of my 5 rules of training. As much as we all like cycling and think it is a great physical activity (it is), ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Rule #4:  Resting is Training Too

RAGBRAI Training: Rule #4: Resting is Training Too

Number 4 on my 5 Rules of Training list is rest. God said to rest one day a week, I say you can even rest two or even three days ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Rule #3: Ride Fast

RAGBRAI Training: Rule #3: Ride Fast

All right, I know I’ve said numerous times in this blog that RAGBRAI is not a race, so why would I tell you to go out and ride fast in ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Rule #2 : Ride Far

RAGBRAI Training: Rule #2 : Ride Far

Rule #1 is Ride Consistently. Rule #2 is built upon Rule #1. Riding consistently will prepare your body for the daily rigors of riding on RAGBRAI. ...

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RAGBRAI Training: Rule #1: Train Consistently

RAGBRAI Training: Rule #1: Train Consistently

My first rule is to ride consistently as you are preparing for RAGBRAI. Because RAGBRAI isn't just one day-long ride like so many other bike tours, it requires a ...

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RAGBRAI Training: 5 Rules of Training

RAGBRAI Training: 5 Rules of Training

I am going to let you in on a little secret. My secrets of coaching. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. But here they are.

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

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 ...

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Hydration Tips from nuun: 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

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 ...

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2016 RAGBRAI Annual Training Plan

2016 RAGBRAI Annual Training Plan

Here's Coach David Ertl's annual training plan for RAGBRAI, back by popular demand. This simple yet effective training plan outline has proven to be popular with you riders over ...

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Man crosses paths with RAGBRAI on cross-continental trip

    Keith Davis traveled from Scotland to ride his bike from Alaska to South America. He stopped through Iowa for one day of RAGBRAI.

  • Siblings meet for first time at RAGBRAI

    To the average bystander, Deborah Anderson, 47, and Christian Parkes, 48, look like any brother and sister riding RAGBRAI together. Outside Vine Street Cellars in Glenwood, they joked and laughed with ...

  • Cyclists head west to dip in Missouri

    Hundreds of riders donated to the Glenwood baseball and softball club for a chance to get wet in the Missouri River, which is a few miles away from this year's ...

  • Video: Man rides bike across North and South America

    Keith Davis traveled from Glasgow, Scotland to ride his bike from Alaska to South America. He stopped through Iowa for one day of RAGBRAI.

  • Video: RAGBRAI Tire Dip in Glenwood

    Riders dip their back tires in tanks of Missouri River water before the start of RAGBRAI.

  • Video: WHO-HD forecast: Expect hot, dry day across Iowa

  • Video: Hyperlapse tour of the RAGBRAI Expo

    Zoom around the expo to see what's happening in Glenwood.

  • Honoring the Veterans of RAGBRAI on Monday

    This year RAGBRAI wanted to pay tribute to all the armed service members on our ride - so in Creston on Monday night, we will host a short service in ...

  • "Mile of Silence" and Iowa Bicycle Coalition Petition Brings Awareness to Fatal Bike Crashes

    There have now been eight people that died in bicycle deaths on Iowa's roads and trails. Eight is double the number from 2015 and the highest total since 2010. ...

  • RIDE RIGHT SAFETY TIP #10: The RIGHT Condition

    This is my final article on RIDE RIGHT before the big ride. Ironically, the big tip is “Get yourself in good physical shape.” We start riding on Sunday, ...

Latest Videos

  • Deb Anderson talks about meeting her brother, Christian Parkes, at RAGBRAI. The two spent time together outside Vine Street Cellars in Glenwood on Saturday.

  • Keith Davis traveled from Scotland to ride his bike from Alaska to South America. He stopped through Iowa for one day of RAGBRAI.

  • Riders dip their back tires in tanks of Missouri River water before the start of RAGBRAI.

  • The ridge of high pressure that kept our temperatures HOT this week is starting to break down, which will allow the weather to return to normal. Monday and Tuesday look to stay dry with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

  • Zoom around the expo to see what's happening in Glenwood.

  • RAGBRAI FRIDAY: Stop by West Chester Community Center, a former school which in its first year graduated two students in 1921. It is now known for its current \u0022residents\u0022 as locals call the ghostly sightings confirmed by two paranormal gro

  • The Todd House Museum in Tabor, was formerly a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era.

  • Lyle Dumont talks about his impressive model train display at the Dumont Museum in Sigourney. He began building it in 2008. You can see it Friday on RAGBRAI.

  • Whistle Nut and his bull, Ole, will be in Humeston offering RAGBRAI riders on Wednesday a chance to ride a professional rodeo bull.

  • As RAGBRAI rolls into Villisca on Day 2, riders may want to take advantage of $5 tours of the Villisca Ax Murder House. So what really happened? A tour guide explains one of Iowa's most gruesome, unsolved crimes.

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