RAGBRAI LI Route Announced on Jan. 27!

Reply To: Be Kind

Geoff Butland, August 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

This was my first RAGBRAI. I’d been on a couple of rides with a lot of bikes, but I was not really prepared for the continuous vigilance required to ride this safely. For anyone I absent mindedly cutoff, I am so sorry. For the folks who cut me off, no worries.
For the hyper cyclists in pacelines who got prickly when a column of bikes 8 wide across two lanes couldn’t immediately oblige your barked ON YOUR LEFT…you guys need to lighten up. If you want to run a criterium then sign up for a criterium. If you have room to let the clutch out, hammer away. But if you need to “Beat Yesterday” every single second in the saddle may I respectfully suggest a different venue next year?
Don’t get me wrong. I am not defending 8 wide taking up both lanes. That was a mistake. But a bigger mistake is charging at this knot with the expectation that it will clear the way for you if you holler loud enough.
I think I read somewhere that RAGBRAI is not a race….

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