The data to get the elevation hasn’t been consistent over time either. Until recently they were using GeoBike’s elevation maps which used the USGS elevation and greatly overestimated the elevation change in rolling terrain. Rounding errors & resolution are significant when going over a bunch of smaller hills.
It was a great year. While there are always some rough patches on the roads there were no super long sections that were horrible.
Saw far more people handing out free cold water this year. The water bottle fill stations were also easy to find. Lots of churches and local entities with food, even in some of the tiny, almost non-towns usually had…[Read more]
You will want to have something in camp then. Unless you have someone packing camp for you there would be little way to get anywhere in 10 minutes. You probably can’t make it through the Kybo line in 10 minutes unless you get up at 4:30 am.
The starting town will usually have a few stops on the way out. The first town or two are usually the…[Read more]
The last few years have been cooler than typical. 2015 was pretty bad. The day we were in Webster City was 105 (without heat index). It didn’t cool down much at night either. By the time it dropped below 85 it was time to get up again.
The day we ended in Lake View (2012 I think) stands out as another recent day that was over 105+.
While I think that *most* of the map is done. There are probably always a few sections that are in question due to construction or things outside RAGBRAI control. Just approval from local jurisdictions can be slow even if it seems like there is only 1 possible choice they can make.
There is a huge variety of sleeping bags, so it depends on what kind you have.
I personally like a good tech blanket over a sleeping bag for summer camping. I have been using a Thermarest tech blanket for the last 10 years. Both hot and cold nights it has been pretty good. It doesn’t get damp from sweat and dries quickly unlike a lot of other…[Read more]
I have been using tubeless on my last 7 RAGBRAIs. They are great, no more pinch flats, minor punctures auto-seal, more air volume for the same size tire which increases comfort. If you happen to have been riding hard, poor handling tires like Gatorskins to reduce punctures then the switch to road tubeless will be night and day.
I have had a couple of rain jackets. My current recommendation is a Paradox rain jacket. It works well when cycling. It isn’t the best rain jacket for walking unless you are facing the wind. The back is a sort of breathable fabric that is waterproof with a bit of air that gets through. If you are just standing still in the rain for a while it…[Read more]
From the ride report and some photos that were shared on FB it looks similar gravel to last year. The hills aren’t as steep as the last half of last year.
Did last year on a road bike with 25c tires. It wasn’t that bad but it probably got much worse during the day as ruts formed. No lines or processions when I was there but given the way people…[Read more]