Ooohhh I remember that last day into Lansing, what a quad burner. I still made it up every single hill in my granny gear.
As for mileage, they advertised the route as 428 miles, but if you add up their route maps it came in at 447. We finished with 484 without loops and not staying too far off route. I also pause my computer when going through…[Read more]
I honestly thought this was the most beautiful route I’ve been on (7 full weeks completed). There were some rough roads (aren’t there always?) and some pass through towns felt less prepared than others, but overall welcoming. I felt like Geode State Park was a bust. One rider in our group thought there would be more and skipped the stop in the…[Read more]
Welcome to the Ragbrai. You should have 2 bands, one silver for you (rider) and one yellow for the bike (bike band). Both will be marked. There should have also been the order form which tells you which set goes to which rider (rider #). Make sure rider, bike, and luggage tag #s all match. The rider band you’ll wear on the wrist, the bike band…[Read more]
Our team has Clif bars (and a variety of other snacks) to get the morning started. There’s no way I can ride 10+ miles to the first breakfast town without some fuel. That said, you can also find food in the overnight town before you leave. But sounds like you have a limited amount of time before you feel ill, so I would recommend packing some sort…[Read more]
For the camping, the ride includes space in the official campground. There is a 50 lb limit (per person) on the luggage this includes your tent. You may want to consider sharing a tent with your brother, giving you a bit more “weight” in the other bag for other necessities. Pack light and plan to do a load of laundry mid-week at a laundromat to…[Read more]
As Chris already mentioned, there is a separate route for the support drivers with a Meeting town midway through the day where drivers and riders can meet. Our son has driven our support vehicle for the past 2 years. As far as I understand it, the support driver wristband & tag would get her access to camp in the official campground and the…[Read more]
Bring along some extra bikes to make the ride even better. I’d love to bring my mountain bike to enjoy the gravel route. I’d love to buy a tandem to enjoy for a day or 2. RV, shower, chef, and places pre-arranged to stay. That would be my dream RAGBRAI.
I’m going to guess way south. Hamburg, Clarinda, Creston, Osceola, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Mt. Pleasant, Keokuk. I don’t see that they’ve ever started that far south. I’d really like to see a route close to the Missouri this year, we haven’t done the start dip for a couple of years due to how far in the start town has been. I loved going through…[Read more]
I somehow ended up with 494 miles at the end of the week (with Karras loop). I always figure we’ll ride 20% more due to camping sites and pass-through towns. I will pause my computer when walking through the pass-through towns so as to not throw off my average pace. I’ve always wondered how they calculate the mileage too. I think it’s only from…[Read more]
I too go Camelbak and never look back. I find I don’t drink enough water if I’m going bottles only and bonus it stays cooler longer. I second the wet wipes for the bathroom and along with that some hand sanitizer. I would recommend extra sunscreen for mid-day application.I would also add a pocket knife and kleenex.
I am our team ‘mom.’ I carry a camelbak with band-aids, neosporin, wet wipes, kleenex, sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, sharpies, and ibuprofen. I’ve cleaned up a crashed 12 yo with wet wipes, band-aids, and TLC. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer are key late in the day as the kybos are less than fresh. A couple of years ago my hubby got a spider…[Read more]
I have 2 bikes both of which I love for different reasons. Dirty Girl a Gary Fisher Advance mountain bike that I use for my daily rides and training and Lola a Trek Lexa SL road bike 95% used for road riding (a little paved trail riding here and there when she looks lonely). Both serve their purposes exceptionally well. I rode my first…[Read more]
This year we had our 17 yo son drive another team’s 31′ RV. Great way to break in a newbie support driver 😉
I always prepare a binder for my support driver with the overall SAG maps for the week (once posted), bike route maps, the overnight town maps, contact list for the team(s) and host families (if you stay with a host), and a copy of the…[Read more]
You will find the 6-8am timeframe to be the most crowded. It thins out as the day wears on. As you are with a charter, they will be leaving at 7am with or without your bags. I would recommend getting up and getting your gear to the truck, then taking time for breakfast in town before hitting the road. This will help the crowd to thin out before…[Read more]