Good points. Most fast self-powered riders politely wait for an opening rather then shout on-your-left to get people to move out of the way. They see the riders on the left have riders on their right. I’d guess many e-bikers do also although some do not. They purchased their speed instead of acquiring it over time, gaining experience and patience…[Read more]
I am right there with you @HCMROSS that route is one of the most scenic in Iowa and now the the new road it AMAZING!! Even when the road was crap it’s was my favorite road loop. They are all hidden gems of eastern Iowa.
And my next off-topic post was just speculating on the effect on rider participation over time. That initially there will be benefits to participation but that there could be a longer term dampening effect also.
Yes, the first day I had at least two hills of 8 or 9%. About four miles into day 4 (century day) I saw 12% just before we turned onto Nevada street. That was tougher for me than Keokuk. I’m pretty sure that the hill on Bridgeport road at the Skunk river was over 8% too. I think we had our share of hills this year.
Going off topic a bit on e-biker etiquette training to just e-bikes in general: E-bikes are being welcomed by nearly all organized rides. My perception for RAGBRAI is this year was more of an advertisement to welcome even more and it will get up to about 20% e-bikers in the near future. That’s about when we’ll see if there is a consequence also.…[Read more]
With now 3 RAGBRAI training rides maybe its time to consider a RAGBRAI reunion ride? The last weekend in August before Labor Day might be a good fit. Something that allows at least riders in nearby states to make it.
I thought even “The Big Rove” might be a candidate to be moved in the schedule to be a reunion ride instead of a training ride as…[Read more]
I emailed the Ragbrai staff for the official policy of reservations in the main campground. This is what I was told:
“Campgrounds are not reserved within the Main Campgrounds. Reserved campgrounds are sometimes located right next to the main campgrounds, and may only be separated by rope.. again, it depends on the town. It could look like an area…[Read more]
Thank you for contributing to the discussion and opening my eyes. Are you a Ragbrai official, or are you sharing your experience? I go with a charter where we are usually by ourselves. I had no idea that parts of the main campground could be reserved. What are the steps to reserve space? Do they have to pay more? I am already…[Read more]
Barry brought up an interesting question in the Who Cheated? thread. How much space can be reserved in the main campground? Any? I can see myself marking an area for a buddy who has yet to finish, but not a whole section for 20 or 30 riders. It really should be first come first served in my opinion. Do teams have a non-rider drive ahead to…[Read more]
I saw edge line rumbles back in Ragbrai 2012. I was riding in the dark next to a rider who had a headlight. I came so close to the deep rumbles that it scared me. Shortly after that I invested in a good headlight of my own.
I had been guilty of misusing the term “on your left”. I first heard the term when I started riding with a club. It seemed that it was a notice of intent to pass, and if the rider in front had room to move to the right he/she should. Riding Ragbrai my announcement seemed to fall on deaf ears, so I would say it louder. Later I learned that it…[Read more]