So many inexperienced one-day pedal-mashers does not make for a dreamlike day of riding. Also, RAGBRAI is paying for all overnight entertainment AND promising a National Act for DSM. So, not just cyclists, but you need to account for all the vehicle support to drop off/pick up the day riders, as well as all non-bike riding Iowegians driving into…[Read more]
I had received a cryptic address error message on the EnMotive website, so I emailed EnMotive. They responded quickly to tell me that the error message was an error on their part, and then added: ” RAGBRAI shipped all wristbands & orders, if on a team it went to the team captian. If you have any other questions please check here:…[Read more]
Yes to fans and earplugs ( some nights the campground is a 63 piece “orchestra” of snoring, gas and CPAP machines). Headlamp is the way to go as well. And for those tent stake encounters, toed sandals or crocs are a great way to protect the toes. Also, that nighttime and early morning grass is cold with condensation, so covered toes is a good…[Read more]
I use a charter with plenty of chairs, but t is nice to get to your tent after a day of riding and sit in your own chair at your tent to get your shoes and socks off and have a cold beverage. I bring my small foldable chair with bak – not a stool – into the tent at night, and use it in the morning to get ready – better than putting on socks and…[Read more]
Randi sure is a shining example of Iowa Nice! It is that lovely, neighborly charm exhibited here that makes me go back to Iowa every July to ride my bike. To be surrounded by that Iowa Charm. Yessiree.
PBV has prices listed on their “Invitation” page. It is all modular: shuttles from a couple of different cities to the start town, shuttles from the end town back usually to Des Moines and Omaha, bike shipping, tent service, etc. They also respond to e-mails fast as lightning.
If you should not get your RAGBRAI registration in on time, their are…[Read more]
I’ve ridden five RAGBRAIs out of the last six years, and plan on doing them year after year. I have used a charter company every year, Pork Belly Ventures. Whether you use them, another charter, a team, basic RAGBRAI truck style, etc, PBV has some great info for any newbie: “VIRGIN” is the proper term for RAGBRAI newbies. Their…[Read more]
Besides the jacket, a couple of other items to consider. Lessons learned from the 2014 Tripoli Rain Day.
Full-fingered riding gloves. That early morning Iowa rain can be COLD.
Clear-lens riding glasses, to keep that rain from pelting the eyeballs.
Visor or cycling cap to also shield the eyes from the pelting rain.
I have knee sleeves that…[Read more]
I missed 2015 with a severe ankle break (9 screws and 1 plate). In a boot for 8 months, no walking or weight at all on it during those months. `I was able to move about the house on a knee scooter. I was determined to make RAGBRAI 2016 (broke it in April 2015), so since I couldn’t do much about the ankle for all those months, I focused on all…[Read more]
You left out a significant stat: how long are your training rides? Are you doing rides of say 30 miles or more every weekend day? Longer rides two or more days in a row? If so, how do you feel after the ride? Sore legs, shoulders, back, feet, or maybe some cramping? Fourteen mph isn’t a bad average if you are doing long rides, or lots of hills,…[Read more]
mootsman explains PBV perfectly. This will be my 5th year with them, and PBV is a significant part of what makes RAGBRAI a fantastic Week in the Corn.
They are such a well organized, accommodating, thoughtful, professional and friendly group of folks. I sleep one week in a tent every year, and that is RAGBRAI week. I have never enjoyed camping,…[Read more]
I live in Miami, and the Iowa humidity is a “dry heat” compared to the humid summers down here. People during RAGBRAI week will ask: “How you doin’ with this humidity?” I tell them I’m from Miami, so Iowa is a dry heat, but the hills of Iowa are like mountains to a Miamian, as our ONLY hill for training is the Biscayne Bay Bridge.
I will be doing…[Read more]
I wear mountain bike shoes (MTB) and ride a sexy Trek Domane road bike. Sacrilegious to the purists – MTB shoes while riding a road bike, but for me the MTB shoes make sense for all the walking done at RAGBRAI. Shimano has two different SPD cleats: the SH-51 and the SH-56. I recommend the 56’s, as they allow for quick release of your foot in…[Read more]