I remember in my early days of riding RAGBRAI in the early 80’s, I saw a few people with RAGBRAI 2 patches on saddle bags, etc, and if I remember correctly, there was a poster for sale that had the first 40 RAGBRAI patches on it.
They could use timing chips.
Everyone who registers gets a chip they attach to their bike, and anyone that joins the ride could possibly pick one up before the ride starts.
Have the timing station half way or 3/4 of the way into the day.
@Randall Murphy, I grew up in Ames, and graduated from Iowa State as well. At age 13, RAGBRAI 11 was my first of 38 RAGBRAI’s, and I can remember a lot about those first few I rode on. Once I got into my late teens, and early 20’s, a lot of those RAGBRAI’s are a little fuzzy for some reason…
I’ve always wished RAGBRAI would have past route info accessible on their page. That is why I was always a fan of GeoBike.
A few months ago, I found a FB page for a guy named “Matty McTech”, and he had a video of a site where you can go to view old websites. It’s called Wayback Machine, https://archive.org/web/.
There I found the old GeoBike…[Read more]
It was truly a great week. We couldn’t have had it much better.
This was my 38th RAGBRAI, and IMO, I’m ranking this #2 of all my rides.
1996 was a similar route, we had weather that mimicked last week, but I pick RAGBRAI 24 just because of the 150 mile loop we did.
If it wasn’t for that loop, last week would be tops for sure IMO.
When I first started riding RAGBRAI in ’83 there was a group of HAM radio operators that would set up in camp each night, and you could send a message for free- I believe it was morse code. They did this for a few years.
I was a minor riding by myself or with friends, and this was the way we’d let our parent’s know we were okay.
I was on Strava this morning, and noticed people had uploaded the first day of the route survey.
Strava allows users to upload others rides so you could do that as well. I’m sure there wouldn’t be a huge variation from the survey route inspection to the real thing.
RAGBRAI XI in 1983 was my first RAGBRAI. I was 13 at the time, and I rode with my friend, and his dad who rode the year before was our chaperone.
I remember that century day quite well. The night before during the storm in Grundy Center, my friend, and his dad decided they’d had enough, and asked me if I wanted to quit too, and head back to A…[Read more]
Not really recent, but back in 2000 out of Ankeny, that morning it was raining so hard my friend paraphrased what Forrest Gump said about rain. it was literally raining sideways that morning.
A few years later in Chariton the morning of the century day we had a pretty strong storm with hail that came down right before sun up. Once it passed and…[Read more]
With today being the 175th birthday of Iowa, I wonder if we’ll see a page out of the 1996 RAGBRAI 24 playbook, and give us another birthday loop. That day from Lake Mills to Charles City was a memorable 150 mile day. The weather was beyond perfect. The strong head winds on the back side of the loop back to Lake Mills gave us a great tailwind into…[Read more]
I wonder if Storm Lake, and Maqoketa will be back in play for overnights in 2022 since they opted out this past year.
People talk about logistics of Okoboji as an overnight a few years ago. It was a logistical nightmare, but I’d like to go back to the Amanas again. That was a great overnight.
If you have a Strava account, you can go, and look at the route by those who did the pre-ride ride or whatever they call it last month, and create the same route to your account, then upload it to your gps computer.
With it being Iowa in July, you’d be amazed at how cool, and clammy the middle of the night can get.
I’ve slept on the tent floor, used closed-cell pads, and air mattresses. A few years ago, on this forum, someone raved about their Go-Kot. I checked them out, ordered one, and have been really happy with the product. It’s lightweight, sets up in…[Read more]
I like the new look to the site. The old one was looking “dated” if you will so a refresh is nice.
I’ve mentioned it before on the forum, but having links with maps, miles, ect of past RAGBRAI’s would be nice. GeoBike was great but I understand correctly that was a 3rd party.