I was happy to be back on RAGBRAI and all felt right with the world as I was rolling along the Iowa highway.
I did feel that the pass-through towns were not prepared for the crowd. I’m used to seeing 3-4 large vendors for breakfast + town organizations and for the days we were able to get out we found that only 1 large vendor + a couple of town…[Read more]
I think it was either my first or second full ragbrai (2015 maybe), we were riding along and a group of fully nude cyclists come cruising past, men & women. Fully Nude!! That’s a lot of sunscreen. Not too shortly after they passed us, we caught up to them pulled off to the side donning their clothes before heading into town.
Yes, as everyone has mentioned it may/will rain. Don’t knock the sandals until you try them. I was the last holdout on my team w/o sandals. This was my first year with them and I’m never going back. There is a lot of walking in pass-through towns on ragbrai, so a recessed spd cleat vs. speedplay, etc. is easier to walk with.
I remember the rain…[Read more]
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.