RAGBRAI has three simple rules that the organizers ask the riders to follow: 1. Ride Right; 2. Say, “On Your Left” when passing; and 3. No pace lines. Seems simple enough. Ride Right doesn’t mean, “ride right down the middle of the road.” It means move to the right when nobody else is there, and stay there until you need to pass someone. Pretty easy to do. “On Your Left,” is not a challenge. It doesn’t mean, “Get out of my way!” It’s a polite warning to the person you are overtaking. That person shouldn’t look back at you, then attempt to speed up. They should thank you for being courteous. If you are being courteous that is… And oh yes, the pace lines. Sure it’s fun drafting behind folks. It looks cool, and it certainly gets you out of a headwind. But drafting in a pace line with people who have never ridden a pace line before, with riders who may have had a little too much to drink, or are just gassed and hanging on is just plain stupid when there are crowded roads like there are on RAGBRAI. There are also kids lining the route along with other spectators who could find themselves injured as well. Double pace lines are bad enough, but I saw 4 abreast a couple of times this year.