My daughter, son-in-law, and I did about 20 miles a week for the 3 months prior. longest ride we did was 65 miles. All of it in flat, flat Florida and we did fine in the hilly south last year. Walked a few times but made it the whole way.
You’re looking at a minimum 30 minute wait for the showers whether trailers, schools, or civic centers. Myself and other riders used the unguarded garden hose or the water bottle filling station 4 out of 7 days. It was kinda fun and I’m a pretty uptight person. Of course you have to keep your britches on.
I used Brancel in 2014 and was very pleased. They provided good campgrounds, snacks and a couple of meals, and a charging station for your electronics. Smaller group than PBV. As I recall they capped it at 350. I was told that PBV was over 1000. Going charterless this year. We’ll see how that works out.
I’m coming up from Florida so I need to know about this. Is it worth staying up for or will I sleep through it? Also, my wife doesn’t ride so she will be back in Orlando. Is this thing going to piss her off?
If you are from central Florida you have no concept of the hills you will encounter on RAGBRAI. I’m in Winter Springs. I did numerous rides in Clermont and rode the bridges in Daytona Beach on a daily basis. It helped a little. On the first day of RAGBRAI I learned a new phrase: Florida flat. Iowa is not Florida flat. When an Iowan says flat it…[Read more]
I rode my first RAGBRAI in 2014. I knew there would be some hills so I did my best to train for them. This can be quite a challenge in Florida. I was fortunate enough to be working in Daytona Beach at the time so my hill training consisted of riding the three high rise bridges over the Halifax River five days a week. Once my son and I got to Iowa…[Read more]
Great advice from all comments. I can vouch for the more susceptible. I made 20 years in the Army without a heat injury. First case of heat exhaustion was in 2005. Now I have to be careful. Watch out for the warning signs. For me its a headache. If you’re thirsty, its too late. If you’ve stopped sweating, its way too late. You should be urinating…[Read more]