Though I have no idea if Mr. Karras reads this forum, if he does:
You ride as far as you want any given day. A foot, a mile, whatever. When you’re done pedaling on your own, the biggest Tandem and Triple Bicycle Brigade in RAGBRAI history will literally tow you the rest of the distance so you can, once again, ride every foot.
“We’d love to hear some out-of-state perspective on this”
Deal. 8x RAGBRAI Riders, from New Jersey.
When we first read that TJ and the staff had resigned over Carson King and donations and beer money, our response was “WTF are they talking about?”. The whole backstory didn’t even rise to Page 6 in our newspapers (yes, I’m an oldschool bastard.…[Read more]
….the last real night of RAGBRAI is, indeed, Friday night, and often the last larger pass-though town is the biggest party of Saturday. While there is some stuff that goes on in the ending town, like everyone else said, it’s mostly a pack-up-and-get-on-the-road affair.
A few thoughts on that, too:
– If you can find a…[Read more]
Mootsman said it: even with the gravel loop, the road bike is the way to roll.
Humble opinion: if you normally run 23mm tires, bump up to a pair of 25’s. It makes the gravel a little easier and the extra air volume just makes everything a little smoother at no real expense to rolling resistance. Most of the roads are in excellent condition.
Though you are limited to one bag/person, up to 50lbs, the tent can be clipped to the outside of the main bag so it doesn’t take up room in the bag. I’d suggest doing this for a second reason: almost every morning, your tent will be wet with dew, and sitting in a hot bag just makes everything in your main bag damp.
Virgin on the calf: Amanda said it. Conversation starter is the biggest one, but it does also serve as a warning. There are a *lot* of unconventional bikes on RAGBRAI as compared to any “regular” ride, so while a new rider may be used to having lots of standard bikes around them/passing them, they’re not used to having a tandem next door, or a…[Read more]
Swiifg nailed it on the prices. Water is (most of the time) 1.00; you’ll see 2 bucks less frequently.
Supper: for that 10 bucks at one of the churches, you’ll have to be rolled out. It’s usually a ton of food, and most include one slice of pie with it, or they’ll charge something like 2 bucks extra for the pie.
My best was on Ride Without Limits in NC, about a decade ago. Got off at a rest stop that was at a self-serve car wash, stepped in some deep mud. Did the empty-the-bottle thing at both cleats and figured I was good. Not so. I got to the next rest stop and, like you, just could not get unclipped.…[Read more]
Like bmyoungberg said: we ride independent and use the Register truck and the campground. It’s really a game of “It depends”. IMHO, if you’re up on the early side and go to bed before 10-ish, the campground is easy living. They do start setting up the luggage truck at ~4:30am, and they Kybo doors do bang though the night, but if you are not a…[Read more]
JBoz nailed it. Welcome to the zoo! Be prepared for the most fun you’ll have with your clothes on 🙂
I wanted to add something I think is kind of funny: “Trikes can be very fast on downhills and you will tend to be flying on the left….” On the Karras Loop in 2012 (Karras Loop: an extra section of riding one day during the week that makes…[Read more]
I’m certain someone who has more experience with this than I have will give a more thorough answer….
Leaving the overnight town, the riders take one route, the (cars/support vehicles/team buses/anything motorized, effectively) vehicles, go another route. The “Support Vehicle” route is announced at about the same time as the individual day…[Read more]
To add to that: We use the RAGBRAI truck and typically camp within 100′ of it. That may sound nuts, but we’re early to bed, early to rise, and so it just about everyone around us. It’s usually quiet early on because of this. We sometimes can hear the music, depending on which way the stage is facing, but most nights we have no idea there’s a…[Read more]
I can’t offer too much that you don’t likely already know. We self-supported most of one year (2014). I say “most” because toward the end of the week we went back to using the luggage truck. Long story.
The two things that I distinctly remember under the “oh, crap, didn’t think of that” category:
– Crosswinds. We’re from Northern NJ, so even if…[Read more]
Said Reed: “It seems this year in comparison to years prior, there have been a lot less hints about the route leaning up to the announcement. Maybe I’m missing something or I haven’t looked hard enough”
I don’t think you’re missing something. To me, it does feel like there’s a lot of quiet about hints. To be fair, I don’t know if that’s bec…[Read more]