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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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RAGBRAI Maps and Training Plan to be Released Starting this Weekend

RAGBRAI Maps and Training Plan to be Released Starting this Weekend

The full route, along with roads and pass-through towns will be released starting this weekend.  A complete training plan for RAGBRAI from Coach David Ertl will also be released on ...

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David Ertl Returns as RAGBRAI Training Coach!

David Ertl Returns as RAGBRAI Training Coach!

Here it is 2016 and the RAGBRAI XLIV route has been announced. Once again, I’ll be back as your RAGBRAI online coach to help answer your questions and help ...

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Are You Interested in Becoming a RAGBRAI RIDE RIGHT Ambassador?

    We appreciate any help that we receive from RAGBRAI clubs and individuals to help make RAGBRAI as safe as possible. We are asking for volunteers to serve as RAGBRAI ...

  • Online Registration Closes June 01

      Don’t wait until the last minute!  The online registration system will not be available after June 1.  To confirm your registration status, go to My RAGBRAI/My Profile/Registration Status.  Your registration ...

  • Top Ten Training Tips #6: Is Your Bike in Shape?

    So far these training tips have focused on getting your engine (you) in shape for RAGBRAI. But you don’t do it alone.

  • Heart Healthiness is Businessolver's RAGBRAI Goal

    We love fitness at Businessolver. Trying to send a constant and consistent message of heart healthiness is our goal. We love RAGBRAI at Businessolver. Trying to send ...

  • Top 10 Training Tips for RAGBRAI #5:  Drink Before You Are Dry, or Sweat Happens

    Hydration is an important consideration when riding a bicycle across Iowa in what is often one of the hottest weeks of the year!

  • Top 10 Training Tips for RAGBRAI #4: Fueling for Cycling

    As you are preparing for RAGBRAI and during the ride itself, fueling your body properly is an important aspect of successful performance. Food means a lot of things to us.

  • Making Lifetime Memories with Dad: A Teen's Essay on her RAGBRAI Adventures

    A mom sent us this excellent essay from her teenage daughter's adventures on RAGBRAI with her dad. Thanks for sharing with us and I'm glad that Hallie and her ...

  • RAGBRAI XLV Lottery Is Here!

    You can’t win if you don’t enter.  That’s how the saying goes anyway.  If you submitted your registration by the deadline, including your waiver and payment, then you are included ...

  • Top 10 Training Tips for RAGBRAI - #3: Training Endurance is Important, but...

    My Training Tip #2 indicated that building endurance is the most important thing about preparing for a successful RAGBRAI, but I’m here to tell you that a close second to ...

  • AAA Offers New Membership Benefit: Bicycle Roadside Service

    AAA-The Auto Club Group is pleased to announce that free bicycle service is now included with all membership levels. This innovative service will provide an additional level of safety ...

Latest Videos

  • The full 2017 RAGBRAI route is out. Watch this video for a detailed look.

  • Take a closer look at where the 2017 RAGBRAI route will go.

  • T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI director, talks about the 2017 route after the announcement on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

  • Watch a replay of the full RAGBRAI route announcement live show.

  • A RAGBRAI icon Paul Bernhard aka \u0022Mr. Pork Chop\u0022 passed away November, 2016 and RAGBRAI Nation shared photos with Mr. Pork Chop on the ride through the years.

  • The Bacoon Ride returns for its fourth year on the Raccoon River Trail on Saturday, June 17.

  • From the creators of the Bacoon Ride comes the new ride for women, Pigtails at the Prairie Trail on Saturday, May 20.

  • RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz announces the overnight towns for RAGBRAI 2017.

  • The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa will go north in 2017, starting in Orange City, ending in Lansing, and overnighting in six more Iowa towns along the way. It's rated the third-easiest RAGBRAI ever.

  • Attendees at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party joined in a mass \u0022pork chop\u0022 call in honor of ride legend Mr. Pork Chop, Paul Bernhard, who died last year.

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