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It is what it is, and it’s all good.
I usually dip my tire in the Missouri if the starting town is on the river, but over the years I’ve decided that the tire dipping ritual really isn’t an important part of RAGBRAI for me.
I have rode to RAGBRAI’s starting town for many years, and will again this year, but I’m coming from Northeast Missouri so the route I have planned won’t really help you. I’ve planned my own route every year and it’s always worked well for me. I try to avoid the bigger towns and ride the roads with the least traffic. You might find it quite rewarding to plan your own route. The rides to the start have become a big part of my RAGBRAI experience.
I had planned to do the double cross, but now I’ll just be content to bikepack up to Le Mars solo. I’ve done RAGBRAI many years this way and have found that my solo ride to the start and back home to north Missouri from the finish of RAGBRAI to always be quite rewarding. If no one is interested in doing the old planned Iowa’s Ride with you don’t hesitate to do it solo. I think you’ll find it a very enjoyable ride.
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 come down and we hit 50+ mph many times. As I recall 58 was our top speed.
Unfortunately I will not be participating in RAGBRAI 2021. If travel restrictions are relaxed next summer I plan to do a long tour instead. I’ll look forward to returning in 2022 though.
Yes, thanks so much Sandaltan for enabling us non-subscribers to read this.
The Nebraska,and Kansas state rides have been cancelled. They are in early June but, It’s not looking good for RAGBRAI.
I’m trying to remain positive, but if our rides are cancelled and you’re like me and have cycling in your DNA, It’ll just be a matter of finding another way of getting our cycling fix in.
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 the country and am able do this all from my home. I think you are correct about the heat Jose. That is one of the reasons that I don’t use air conditioning at my residence.
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.
In 2016 Kansas and Missouri got together. The Kansas Ride, BAK ended at the Missouri River and Missouri’s Ride, Big BAM started 2 days later just across the river and continued on to the Mississippi. I think there were a half a dozen of us that did both rides.
In 2018 Missouri teamed up with Oklahoma’s Freewheel that ended in Joplin, MO that year, and the Big BAM stared a couple days later from Joplin also. Since I love the BRAN ride I did it instead of the Freewheel, but it still gave me enough time ride to Joplin to do Big BAM as well. No way can I do that this year since Big BAM moved their dates up.
Unfortunately the way things are looking we’ll all be very lucky to get in any state rides.
Thanks for mentioning CanDak, I’ll certainly check that one out.
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.
The email I received stated the complete route with pass thorough towns would be revealed like normal years in mid March.
What a great story Gypsy Rose! I’ll bet you done sleep in the buff when your bike camping these days.