Hello all. I’ve riden I. The last two RAGBRAI’s and am always impressed with the wide range of riders in both age and fitness levels.
My 12 year old son (13 by time of next RAGBRAI)wants to ride with me next year. He enjoys cycling, and I think it would b a great experi nice to share with him, but I’m wondering is it too soon?
This summer he earned the Boy Scout’s cycling merit badge (50 mile ride) and did really well.
The way I described the ride to Tyler was “when you look back after the ride is done you realize it’s a great week long event that is a lot of fun. But somewhere in that week you may a have a day (or 2) where you are really tired and wondering why you are doing this crazy thing, but you still have to get on the bike and ride all day to get to the next town”.
My thoughts are if we do this I’d want him to complete a couple of weekends with back to back long rides as well as the normal 800-1200 miles of training.
I’d love to hear from people that have taken their kids on the ride, and from people who experienced seeing kids in camp and on the ride. And, from those that Brought kids on the ride, what I can expect and what kind of training you did.