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
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!
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.
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!
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!