I would love to do the gravel loop, but am a little intimidated to do an 80 mile 4000′ of climb on day 1 in the Loess Hills area of western Iowa. Also, I’m kind of a neat freak with my bike & getting it full of grunge without having cleaning facilities following the day is another reason to put it off.
1. Is the gravel loop always on day 1?
2. Any thoughts on cleaning bike following the route (if it happens to rain on that day).
3. Has the message been received by RAGBRAI to instruct the highway department NOT to grade the loop with a fresh 3″ layer of sandy gravel as happened last year?
4. Has anyone tested a gravel grinder bike – which would eliminate my concerns of #2.
Thanks for reading & responding. A what the he??… if the weather is nice I think I will do it this year. haha