My take on the route, which will be updated along the way, is here. I agree with Tim Tysver that Muscatine is the way to avoid Cedar County. Teams could use 218>22 into Muscatine for meetups and 61 to Davenport – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26202721
Plenty of literature to support that simply the width of the tire doesn’t equate more speed. Suppleness of the tire plays a greater roll (pun intended). For RAGBRAI a quality 25-28mm is plenty sufficient. There are several good brands but I lean toward Continental and Schwalbe in those sizes.
If you plan to do the gravel route, perhaps more…[Read more]
BUBBA’S PAMPERED PEDALERS 250 riders
Pros: Big stand-up tent and air mattress set-up/take-down and luggage service, dedicated kybo’s, morning coffee, snacks and cold non-alcoholic beverages and shower towels are provided!
Cons: NO hot showers (how far does that mean I will have to travel?)
Unsure about beverages or snacks. 30 lb weight limit per…[Read more]
I guess the gravel loop is happening again because people like to ride it. Iowa is well known for it’s gravel and B roads, so it seems like a natural fit. It’s optional so if you don’t or won’t, you don’t have to.
Good catch and I’ve revised accordingly. I’m running into the same issue, as I can get the distance but not the climb. We’ll know in a couple of months. Regardless, I expect there will be many taking the A52 to X52 shortcut that day.
I’m not sure how Bancroft works on the daily route. To head in that direction, you either have to take US-71 (4 lanes) or take 18 at least through Ruthven. I could see the Karras loop going through Bancroft like this – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18652371