Good to see a tandem on this list! I have an old 2003 KHS Milano that I rode RAGBRIA twice on, one year with my wife and one year with my son, and also rode BRAN with it. You are right about tandems on climbs Chris. In 2019 we were the first to compete in the Trans Am Bike Race on a tandem and faced many challenging climbs, but what goes up must…[Read more]
I personally don’t train for RAGBRAI, for me it’s easier to maintain my fitness year round than to become inactive in the Winter and then try to regain it in the Spring. So far this year I’ve cycled just over 500 miles and have ran just over 200, as well as a few thousand sit ups, push ups and numerous weight workouts. I’m fortunate that I live in…[Read more]
You are correct some of the other Midwest state ride dates are not exact matches but are close enough to make the logistic very difficult. I’m probably a rare case since I ride self contained to the start of the ride and back after the finish. I was very happy to see Iowa’s Ride move it’s dates up a week ahead of RAGBRAI.
RASDAK sounds like a great ride and I’d love to do, but it is the same dates as the Nebraska ride BRAN that I am already registered for. I would like to do more state rides but South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri all have date conflicts. Probably not an issue for many but I find it frustrating.
Since I’m retired my lifestyle has changed very little. Ran my 6 miles yesterday and with the rain today I’ll just put some miles on my trainer, but much like the rest of you I would enjoy seeing the complete route as well.
On the the Trans Am Route I’ve never found the Rockies to be overly taxing unless you have issues with the lack of oxygen at higher elevations. The grades are long but not all that steep and you are rewarded by great scenery and a long descent. While you will never get above 5000 foot of elevation I think you will find the Appalachian Mountains to…[Read more]
John Little, Iowa produces a bicycling specific map that shows the traffic counts on the roads and also all the bike trails in the state. You can get a free copy from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Sorry Ari, the alternate route I spoke of would probably only be available to you if you were a registered racer, but I could give you the route if needed. It looks like you are planning to ride further north anyway. Planning your own route certainly has it rewards and I normally do it that way but as you are aware the ACA maps have so much…[Read more]
A couple of years ago I visited with a gentleman that was going to continue riding on to the east coast after he completed RAGBRAI. His plan was to connect with the ACA Northern Tier route at Muscatine and ride on to Bar Harbor Maine. This could be an option for you as well.
Great plan Ari! I have raced the Transamerica Trail twice and the race actually has an alternate route that leaves the ACA route north of Rawlins and continues on across Nebraska. At some point in Nebraska you’d need to angle northeast to get to La Mars. From Clinton I would just head south to Muscatine and connect with ACA’s Great Rivers South…[Read more]
After studying the map it looks like the shortest and most direct way to ride from Rock Rapids to La Mars is Hwy 75 but it doesn’t appear that it has a shoulder/bike lane for much of the way and a high traffic count, more than 3000 daily. I’m thinking it might be wiser to take less traveled roads like K52 etc. although it would make the ride to La…[Read more]