RAGBRAI Training: It’s Time to Get Those Wheels Turning for 2021
- 3 March, 2021
Welcome back for another year of training blogs. Hopefully this year will go better for all of us.
This year’s route will cover 426 miles. It has a total of 11,481 feet of total climbing. That may sound like a lot, and it is quite a bit for a ‘flat’ state ( 39% of the height of Mt Everest!) But don’t let that scare you. I will help give you training tips on how to conquer the mountains of Iowa. But look at the bright side, on average this ride is all downhill, both in terms of overall elevation and latitude!
As in past years, I have put together the ever-popular RAGBRAI training plan. This is a guide to help you determine how much riding you should be doing to be ready for RAGBRAI. Now keep in mind, this is a generic plan and may not fit your riding ability. It is designed more for the novice RAGBRAI rider. If you’ve ridden RAGBRAI previously, you know the drill and what works (or doesn’t) for you. This plan lists the suggested ride lengths for given days within each week, the distance of your longest ride per week, and the suggested total weekly mileage. You will notice this gradually increases the distance throughout the 16 weeks leading up to RAGBRAI.
Now you don’t necessarily have to ride exactly the number of days listed, or even the exact mileage, it’s more to give you an outline of approximate number of miles to be aiming for. You can of course do more, but I would suggest this as a minimum.
This plan is available as a PDF document that you can print off and hang up for your handy reference, and it is also available as an Excel file in case you want to download it and enter your own mileage in it electronically.
Check back here often for additional training tips to help you prepare for a pleasant and successful RAGBRAI in 2021. We know its going to be a great year. What could possibly go wrong?
Coach David Ertl
David Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach. He coaches the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team, JDRF Ride To Cure Diabetes and individual cyclists through the Peaks Coaching Group. He also provides cycling training plans and ebooks at his website: http://www.CyclesportCoaching.com . He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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