I quit drinking in March 2016 after a long battle with alcohol. Actually, for me anyway, RAGBRAI without drinking is sooooo much better (and this from a guy who drank at every beer garden along the route). I enjoy the ride more, I feel better when I ride and get up in the morning and I sleep better. I drink non-alcoholic beer in my campground at…[Read more]
I rode my recumbent on 2 RAGBRAIs and loved it! I had USA and Germany flags (I’m of German descent) on the back, with the latter being a conversation starter. The uphills were slow, but a great chance to look around! The only reason I stopped taking my recumbent is my charter started charging an arm and a leg to haul it due to its odd size!
I know the webstream of the route announcement starts at 8:30 p.m., but at about what time is the actual route revealed? I have to work into the evening and want to make sure I take a chance to see it.
Last time we started in Rock Rapids I made the mistake of camping right next to a shuttle stop coming back from town. Trying to sleep with a bunch of drunk people getting off a shuttle late at night made for an interesting evening! Ha, ha.
All of the above makes sense. That’s why I think they’ll keep RAGBRAI “basic” distance at what it’s been averaging lately, with the gravel and Karras Loop the option to do more. On that note, what percentage of riders do you think did the Karras Loop this year? I rode early and most of us were doing it, but later I’m sure that figure drops!
In recent years I’ve heard riders wish for a longer route on RAGBRAI, but I think that’s unlikely due to the trend. Some quick math shows in the past 25 years, the five-year averages have been (from longest ago to now) 478 miles, 474 miles, 473 miles, 439 miles and 430. That’s a pretty significant change in that span, particularly the past 10…[Read more]
I wish Davenport would NEVER be an end site. It seems the Bix road race is a much bigger deal for the city (and rightfully so, as it’s an annual deal) and aside from the tire dip, there isn’t much enthusiasm for us RAGBRAIers in Davenport. The ride to North Park Mall all but proved that!
I used the RAGBRAI transportation my first several years of the ride and it worked great. As somebody else mentioned, if you get a small fan for some white noise (and cooling), ear plugs and maybe even a Benadryl each night before bed, you’ll be fine.
I’ve never done longer than one 50-mile ride per year in prep for the ride and I’ve been fine. I don’t start riding until Memorial Day typically, and I get maybe one 40-mile ride in per week in the early going (maybe two come mid-June on) sprinkled with 15-20 milers the rest of the week. This works great, and I’m in my 50s (I have done this all…[Read more]
I would love to see Camanche … I know they’ve pushed for it. Clinton would be fun again too.
And also, I say NO TO DAVENPORT … that is the lamest end town we have, and maybe it’s because the Bix sucks up the energy. There is no activity or party at the end, you almost feel like you’re in a pass-through town, but instead dip your tire and leave.