The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

Where are the Hills?

So, where on the route are the hills I need to dread?

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jwsknk, March 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

day 2 until past Springbrook’s Mockingbird Hill. Maybe a little longer than Lehigh last year, starts off with a nice little grade going around a curve, then a little more grade before the next curve, then the real part of the hill



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Jon Harman, March 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

Last year, someone posted a link to a mapmyride or googlemaps that outlined each segment of the trail, except the Karras loop that was exceptional in reviewing the elevation changes. Near June, the Iowa Geological Society(?) posted a wonderful expose on each day’s features, topology, and natural history. Looking forward to both these posts this year. Day 2 Mockingbird hill near Springbrook SP has been mentioned as well as many rolling hills. I bought a DeLorme IOWA Atlas & Gazatteer to preview XL’s route and I am remarking and studying it now! It’s a little warmer here in east central Missouri, so I have started training already. I love the anticipation of Ragbrai!



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Duane Huesers, March 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

If you haven’t found it yet – think it was just posted yesterday – check out the Geobike Profiles under the Routes and Maps tab above.



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jwsknk, March 11, 2013 at 11:15 am
they have all the past routes with the profiles, Eventually they will get this years up too. Don’t know what kind of detail the Register will have this Sunday when they are publishing it in the paper.



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petra, March 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

They do have this year posted at:



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stuckinmizzou, March 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

There aren’t any hills…Iowa is flat…



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pmac, March 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

From the geobike profile, it looks like the biggest, or one the biggest, hills for the whole week will be about 5 miles from the start on the first day. My guess is that it will be a bit of an early morning reality check for some riders!



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jwsknk, March 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Yep, starting out through the loess hills always is.



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Bill from Panora, March 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hey jwskunk, is mockingbird hill east side of Springbrook or on hwy 25?



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Sandaltan, March 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I concur with Stuckinmizzou, Iowa is flat, there are no hills of consequence.




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jake d, March 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

….And the wind is always at your back.



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getaclueblue, March 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Every time I turned a corner last year, the wind was in my face. How can that be?



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jwsknk, March 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

Yeah Bill, east of the creek and the road to the group campground on 25, winds around the edge of the park then flattens out about at the Bagley turn then pretty flat to Yale.



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Dan in Iowa, March 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

DO the century loop! That is pretty much nothing but hills! I live in the area and ride it all the time. South out of Kimballton is the infamous Creamery Hill. Mockingbird Hill is just a bump! That loop is pretty country!



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stuckinmizzou, March 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

You were going the wrong way, getaclueblue…



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