Guessed three towns correct, Harlan, Perry, and Oskaloosa. Had three near misses with Knoxville, Fairfield, and Ft. Madison. The two curve balls with Council Bluffs and Des Moines I never saw coming. Should be a fun route, but expect HUGE crowds with this short of route.
2nd Shortest, 15th Flattest, and 7th Easiest….The streaming commentary after the announcement said that this year’s route was based on their awareness of how hard last year’s route and heat had been on riders although it had appeared easy on paper. Only one long and hilly day, Monday at 83 miles, which also will be the Karras Loop day.
I agree with the big crowds, and Council Bluffs as the start town will draw Omahans. Guessing the Karras Loop will get quite a few more than usual considering how easy the other days are. Personally, I like the route.
This will be my second & my sister’s first RAGBRAI. I couldn’t have asked for a better route for this year. I have a lot of family on this route, so lots of beds and showers. Also, I get to celebrate my father’s birthday on the 24th with him. I had an awesome experiance last year and left years of “I CAN’T” along the side of last years route. I have been questioning if I wanted to do RAGBRAI again this year, but after seeing the route it is a no brainer. Now I just have to wait until RAGBRAI finally arrives.
I had four of the eight, Harlan, Oskaloosa, Fairfield and Ft Madison (had it trending a touch more south from Harlan). The only overnight of the eight I didn’t think was a possibility was Des Moines. I’m actually a little disappointed in how short the route is and was hoping for a little more climbing (love the rollers!).
Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday could be huge for bandits, especially Sunday. The number of riders out of Council Bluffs four years ago seemed never ending.
I missed the amount of total climbing for the route. Anyone know it, off hand?
406 miles? I feel cheated 😉 At least I won’t have to do any training for this little ride! Seriously, I think it is a great way for a virgin to break into the ride, and I cannot wait!
I think I had 3 correct guesses Des Moines, Knoxville, and Ft. Madison. As we got closer to the announcement date I was positive the ending city was going to be Guttenburg for no other reason than that looked like it would be to toughest city for me to drive to, 😆
This is my first RAGBRAI, and it’s interesting that they chose to overnight in Des Moines. My father worked for Coke and was being transferred out of state when my mother was pregnant with me. They waited until after I was born, at Mercy hospital in Des Moines, before moving us all to Illinois). I’ve never been back to Iowa, but I’m something of a native son.
Looks like I am going to need to bring more cash with me than I first thought. Des Moines looks like it will be a fun place to be, especially since it has been hinted that the camping area will be somewhere near the downtown area.
Short, easy days = longer stays in pass thru towns, and earlier arrivals in overnight towns.
Longer stays in pass thru towns and early arrival in overnight towns = more time off the bike
More time off the bike = more money being spent by riders
More riders spending more money = bigger economic footprint and much more revenue to the communities
I don’t know what all factors into route selection, but I have to assume that $ is a big component, maybe the primary component of the equation. Last year, I was too exhausted in Webster City and Marshalltown to spend as much cash as I would normally spend.
It will be hilly but the shorter mileage will days easier! Plenty of time to take it easy, enjoy pass thru towns and drink a few beverages on the Kurbs of Iowa!!!! Last night TJ did say that last year’s heat was a consideration in picking this route. Jboz, I agree about heat and exhaustion! Looking forward to this year!!!!