Cycling is my main priority so I also try to stay away from all the political noise and will be doing both rides self contained. Not a big fan of a lot of thumping and bumping though. We all have such different taste in music and when I’m forced to listen to music I find unappealing I just ride away from it.
So good to see that many are considering both rides! I’m very fortunate that I don’t have the work leave constraints that many have to deal with, and since I’m a bagger the logistics are much simpler as well. Now I’m just waiting anxiously to see what the routes will be.
Having rode 15 RAGBRAI’s I find this a very sad state of affairs. I don’t really believe anyone except those directly involved know the full story behind the split. I am not planning to do an Iowa ride this year. Doing so would give the appearance that I was choosing sides. Hopefully in time things will be resolved and I’ll be back riding in Iowa.…[Read more]
Overall I didn’t find the roads to be too bad this year, of course they’ll always be a few section that can become an annoyance after a while. Those tracks at Mystic were quite rough though! I was well aware that I was fast approaching those tracks at the bottom of the hill but after observing other riders ahead of me fly across them apparently…[Read more]
I don’t think hero is the term I’d use. I live in north Missouri and it is quite wet here as well but being retired I’m able to ride most of the dry times. I’ve currently rode 2055 miles this year, but am mostly training for another cycling event. By the time I finish the cross country race I’m training for and ride to Council Bluffs I should…[Read more]
I rode the Wabash Trace last Spring on 28C road tires and they were fine. Due to all the wet weather this Winter I’ve heard it isn’t in the best condition now but ride-able and by late July it should be great. To map out a route with the least traffic count I’d suggest that you acquire a Iowa Bicycle Map. It is free and a excellent resource for…[Read more]
You are very correct Papa T. The two years I recall were 2003 (a short section just before we arrived at Bloomfield) and 2004, with 2004 being the wet muddy one, which was quite a challenge on a tandem. They were certainly not optional, but I do recall several riders going miles out of their way to avoid them.
I’m not going to suggest that anyone should do the loop if they are not comfortable with the 116 mile distance. The enjoyable thing about the gravel and century loops to me is how much the bike traffic thins out. Every cyclist is different and should enjoy the ride the way that works best for them and that’s why the loops have always been options.…[Read more]
I have not rode this trail, but it sounds quite inviting. I will be racing the Trans Am again for my tuneup and hopefully I’ll have a few weeks after the race before I start my ride to Council Bluffs. Unfortunately registration for the Trans Am race has already closed.
Sorry to hear of the knee issues. Last month there was a big discussion on the topic “to helmet or not to helmet” and some how it turned into a knee discussion. I posted my knee issues there on page 5. If you are interested you might want to read that discussion as well.
Gypsy Rose, Your first RAGBRAI with your young family sounds priceless!
In the early 80s I moved to Alaska and ended up spending 13 years there. After I returned I became involved with raising my family and my other vice, running. It wasn’t until 2003 when a friend from Alaska suggested we ride RAGBRAI. So that’s when I finally did, and My first…[Read more]