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Kids on Tandems
Looking for some advice. My wife and I are considering RAGBRAI 2014 to ride with our kids, girl 8, boy 6, on our tandems. We’re strong riders, from Colorado, and the kids really enjoy riding the tandems. We routinely ride 30-35 miles, and the kids were able to do a 45 mile/4K ft of climbing ride last summer up in ski country. We’ve not done multi-day rides yet, but obviously would do so as part of training for RAGBRAI.
Our plan is to rent an RV and switch on/off as teams so the kids are riding every other day. My concerns:
1) How difficult is it to meet a support vehicle at the halfway point each day? The idea is that if the kid gets too tired, we stop at the halfway point and I (or my wife) will switch to a solo bike while the rest of the family goes to the next overnight town. Is that a viable strategy? I’m not sure if the kids can make an 80 mile day. I’m confident about 50-60.
2) I’d love to hear from anyone else who’s done this with 6-8 yr olds on the tandem. What was the hardest part?
3) The roads look pretty crowded. I’m confident in our bike-handling ability, but is it a hammerfest out there?
4) What are the most important things to consider when trying to do RAGBRAI with an RV?
Thanks for the help.
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