Why do you bike Ragbrai?

Finish this sentence.

I bike Ragbrai because__________________________________________.

31 Replies

Amanda, September 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

I ride RAGBRAI because I am addicted to it. It’s my crack cocaine. BUT RAGBRAI is legal and actually quite healthy for you!


Phil1961, September 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I like Ragbrai because:

taking off work to train
getting in shape
going faster then the guys I work with
to be able to say i have done it twice now
the people
the food
the camping
being outside
I love the wholesome people of Iowa and Ragbrai
I like to listen to people’s stories
hot girls in spandex
riding my trek madone 5.2
roughin it for a week
taking a week’s vacation off from work
being healthy
Pork Belly Ventures

these are just a few things


mcpartla, December 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

My 9th consecutive RAGBRAI in 2012 and I could come up with a lot of reasons but mainly it’s the people in Iowa who bring me back year after year and make us feel welcome wherever we go.  And some overnight towns make us feel like we just rode in the Tour de France when we ride in after a long, hot day.  And I”m from Pennsylvania so it does take a little extra time and planning to get there and back but more than worth the effort. 


Michrider !!!, December 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

Iceman, once again your right!  Tammy, Pete and the PBV crew are the best!  Is it time to sign up yet?????  This year, when I first saw my tent, I thought it was a sign from God! 


jwsknk, December 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

with having done RAGBRAI I wouldn’t have ridden here.highway 1 California coast


Gypsy Rose, December 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

May I give to you, Team Road Show 2011:

If you happened to notice unicyclists or jugglers on RAGBRAI last July, it was likely the gang I had the pleasure of being part of, Team Road Show. Not wanting the ride to end, we were officially the last group of riders off the 2011 route, followed by an escort of police cruisers and motorcycles while we all chanted, “We’re number last, we’re number last!”

Great fun!

Here’s a youtube video of Team Road Show’s performance in Grinnell.

For me, I thought that RAGBRAI 2011 was simply going to be a reunion tour (reconnecting with a friend I’d made on my last RAGBRAI ride in 1981), but last July’s get together showed me why RAGBRAI becomes an annual “must do.”

See you in 2012,
~ Kevin


Sandaltan ., December 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Back in ’12 Kevin???   Healed up??   Great news!!!  See y’all on the road.



SFC JKL 2, December 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I bike Ragbrai because it’s the best way to do it.  Those guys on rollarblades are just too goofy.

My family hates cycling so it guarantees me a week alone each year.


Gypsy Rose, December 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Sandaltan said: Back in ’12 Kevin???   Healed up??   Great news!!!  See y’all on the road.



Yup, my ribs are back in one piece. I’ll be looking for a safer ride from VT to IA next July. The bus rollover on I-80 was an adventure I don’t want to repeat.

See you next summer,
~ Kevin


Pirate Brewer, December 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I bike RAGBRAI because I enjoy it.  The reason I enjoy it has to do with a lot a memories from when I grew up in Iowa.  I can still remember the morning when my father talked to me about a couple guys riding their bikes across Iowa.  He was talking to me as he was reading the article in the morning Des Moines Register.  He knew it would capture my attention because as a kid I was riding my bike on a regular basis.  He followed with story with me.  The following year we followed the story together again.  We lived in Dubuque, the city where the ride ended that second year so I jumped on the ride the last day.  It wasn’t what I expected but the impact it had on me was more than expected.

My father passed away in July, 2001 and in July 2002 I did RAGBRAI with my 14-year old son as something to do in memory of my father.  We had a great time doing the 30th RAGBRAI on our mountain bikes and we made a lot of new friends along with way.  I suppose RAGBRAI reminds me of my father, the good people of Iowa, and all the friends you make doing the ride.  It keeps me coming back.

There’s not a wrong way to do RAGBRAI as long as you are being a good person and having fun.


RidingRight, December 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I bike Ragbrai because:

I have memories of rolling fields of corn and soy glistening with dew in the misty watercolor gray of first light.

There is a picture of a red barn and a wire fence along a roadside culvert filled with forsythia and day lilies.

I cycled through a field of clover and was intoxicated by its perfume.

I saw the sun set over the ball yard in Dyersville where “The Field of Dreams” was filmed and I know I will be back.

It will become a pilgrimage, Iowa, Sweet Iowa.  (c) LRamp 1989.


Michrider !!!, December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

RAGBRAI equals riding my bike, beer and women!  That’s all the motiviation I need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


o2golfpar, December 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm



mikesglobebike, December 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I bike Ragbrai because I stil did not complete the hole ride.

That was my goal for 2011 after my 219 lbs weight loss.

All I got done in 2011 was 2 1/2 days of riding.



Homesuds, December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Because it is there


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