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Any hills this year?

How does the 2014 route compare to 2013 with respect to hills? The furthest I’ve been to the northern part of Iowa was the 2012 RAGBRAI. Looks like we get real close to Minnesota this year. How’s the landscape up in northern Iowa?

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tjdale, January 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

This year…FLAT. Something like 11,0000 total feet of climb for the entire week. In the past RAGBRAI has done that in just 2-3 days.

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Michrider !!!, January 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

2014 will have 11,316 feet of climb.
2013 had 17,400 feet of climb.
2012 had 16,125 feet of climb.
2011 had 20,375 feet of climb.
2010 had 14,779 feet of climb.
2009 had 22,906 feet of climb.

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“Bicycle Bill”, January 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

Supposedly this is the second-flattest route in RAGBRAI history with a total of 11,316 feet of climbing (not counting the Karras Loop) over the entire seven days …. but almost 30% of that total (3075 feet) will come on the last day between Independence and Guttenberg as we drop into and climb out of several river valleys starting with the Wapsipinicon and at least three others (Buffalo Creek, the Maquoketa River, and the Volga and/or Turkey River) depending on how they route us.

Personally I think the last day will go from Independence to Manchester on county road D22 (which parallels US 20), then north on X15, C64, and X21 to Edgewood, then continuing north on C7X to pass through Elkport and Garber before dropping down to join US 52 on the southern edge of Guttenberg.

    Note: I believe this is the same hill that saw several crashes back in 2005, including a team bus that overshot the stop sign at the bottom, as this is a very steep descent that comes up to a T-intersection with relatively little notice.  Consider yourself forewarned.



-“BB”-

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CyclingRoberto, January 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Remember, the wind.

See you on the road.

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Sandaltan ., January 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm

And the heat and the humidity. However; can it be an “official” RAGBRAI without a named hill??? Will this ride go into the record book with an asterisk? As in “RAGBRAI 2014* (* route included no named hills)

RIDE RIGHT

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Michrider !!!, January 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Sandaltan: And the heat and the humidity. However; can it be an “official” RAGBRAI without a named hill??? Will this ride go into the record book with an asterisk? As in “RAGBRAI 2014* (* route included no named hills)

ST, we should find a hill (any hill) and name it, “No name hill”!!!!

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ehlent, January 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

no, there will be no hills this year.

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velomel, January 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

‘I’ve been on a RAGBRAI on a hill with no name. It felt good to be out of the rain” – America

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jwsknk, January 29, 2014 at 8:40 am

I’m sure they have found us a good one crossing the Volga River and or Turkey River

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