Thinking ahead to 2019 …

I’m torn on the 2019 route … I think it’ll be either just south of I-80 (Council Bluffs start) or perhaps a Highway 20 route. Thoughts?

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jelly0317, August 12, 2018 at 5:54 pm

“Easy access to I80 makes the escape out of town simple…” I take it you weren’t on the ride in 2008, the last time we finished in LeClaire.


hnschipper, August 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm

The last time we ended in LeClaire, there was a section of the route fairly close to the interstate. The bike traffic was moving faster than the traffic on the I-80. It was a mess.


T. Gap Woo, August 12, 2018 at 9:40 pm

[quote quote=1294881] I take it you weren’t on the ride in 2008, the last time we finished in LeClaire.[/quote]

[quote quote=1294882]The last time we ended in LeClaire, there was a section of the route fairly close to the interstate. The bike traffic was moving faster than the traffic on the I-80. It was a mess.[/quote]

I first learned of this thing called “Ragbrai” in 2002, when I was teaching pre-algebra to 8th graders. Ragbrai was a 5-line mention, with citation to a website, on the first page of the first book in the course. My interest was stimulated, but I wasn’t able to participate just yet. In 2008, when Ragbrai ended in LeClaire, I was taking graduate summer school classes, so I couldn’t attend then. I’ve since been bitten by the Ragbrai bug and have ridden every year but one (2016) since 2013.

I’ve grown and learned much, over the intervening years. I trust that Ragbrai, too, has grown and learned from whatever bugaboos fouled up the ending in 2008. LeClaire deserves another chance to be an ending town.

How about it, TJ? Pretty please, with a cherry on top of a Blue Bunny ice cream sundae!

See you along the I-O-Way next year.


Amanda, August 13, 2018 at 10:28 am

[quote quote=1294866]The rotation has seemed to be north, central, south so 2019 should be south.

Amanda, as for the 6 day original route for the 50th edition, I’d suggest to the route people 2 nights in 1 town with a loop route with 2-3 mileage options for the additional day. Maybe the century town being in Minnesota. Like the TdF dips into other countries at times.[/quote]

I don’t know if my rumor will be true for 2023 but it makes for good conversation! Staying in one town for 2 days… oh, that poor town! I can’t imagine us all staying 2 days. That would probably put a lot of town people in the hospital for exhaustion!


mootsman, August 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

Ames and Des Moines could handle us all for 2 nights. The original route though is not close enough to Minnesota to loop into it. Maybe a Des Moines, West Des Moines or Waukee night with a loop following the Bacoon Ride’s paved bike trails. Might be tough to get 20,000 riders on a trail though.

Since the original route was loopless, I wonder if there were any 100 days on RAGBRAI I? I heard there use to be a 100+ day on the routes before they made it an optional loop.


jwsknk, August 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

RAGBRAI VI had the first century day near as I can tell, RAGBRAI XIV became a loop


hnschipper, August 14, 2018 at 9:38 am

My very first RAGBRAI (XXVI in 1998) included the longest day I have ridden on RAGBRAI without doing the loop – Cedar Falls to Monticello, official mileage was 92 miles. I had a few extra getting to and from camp.


KenH, August 14, 2018 at 12:23 pm

RAGBRAI the first had a century day. From the history section of this website:

“Among the many interesting people the ride attracted was Clarence Pickard of Indianola. This 83-year-old gentleman, who hadn’t ridden a bicycle much in recent years, showed up for that first ride with a used ladies Schwinn and rode all the way to Davenport, including the 100 degree plus day from Des Moines to Williamsburg, a 110-mile trek. Pickard’s attire for the ride was a long-sleeved shirt, trousers, woolen long underwear and a silver pith helmet.”

I think every year had a century day, 1986 is the first mention of it being a loop in the RAGBRAI sagas.


jwsknk, August 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

2, 3 and 4 must not have had centuries. 5 – 13 did then it became an option. But plenty of days have been close. and depending on where your camps were, over 100 even on non century days.


KenH, August 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

The official total for century day in 2016 was 97.4. Due to campground locations and/or odometer error I rolled into town with 95.something miles. Personally I consider anything over 95.0 miles to be a century so I did not ride around town until the Garmin ticked over 100 that day. I assume the same thinking applied during any year when no day technically exceeded 100 miles. They all had a century day as far as the organizers were concerned.

Last year I drove the team vehicle on century day so that the others could do the century. I had done my century on Sunday by taking the gravel loop twice so it wasn’t a big sacrifice on my part. On that day I pulled into town and got to the campsite with 99.something. Ok, when I am that close I will ride a little more to see the numbers roll over to 100, I admit it!


jake d, August 14, 2018 at 4:46 pm

Ragbrai XXIII, a classic Jim Greene route. I chose other words to describe that year. Iowa Falls to Tama/Toledo, 98 miles. Unless you did the century that made it 110. The following day some of you may remember was Saggy Thursday.
The first five days that year averaged 77 miles.
Thank you TJ.


Bruce Atkinson, August 14, 2018 at 10:44 pm

A humble suggestion: Select Pleasanr Valley as the end town. PV has a few businesses so the surrounding communities will have to fill in the gaps. Between Bettendorf and LeClaire, they have 3 boat ramps for the tire dip — one near I74, one near I80 and one half way between. Long term parking could use Scott Community College and Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools.


Ken Reed, August 17, 2018 at 10:43 am

I would think that it’s going to be south of 80 for the majority of next year’s ride. It seems to fit the pattern. Anyhow, here’s what I have: Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Winterset, Pella, Oskaloosa, Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant, and Burlington.


jake d, August 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm

I’m guessing a Missouri Valley start for next year, it has been 10 years.
I have nothing against Mo. Valley, it’s just a lousy place to start given
all the train traffic, day and night. We are talking something around 70
trains a day, or on average about every 20 minutes.


Anonymous, August 19, 2018 at 10:39 pm

Way down south in 2016 was brutal but it was also my favorite RAGBRAI. The feeling of accomplishment I got from powering through those first 3 days was awesome.


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