Why? Because GPS is right there on my handlebar stem, far more convenient than the RAGBRAI maps and far easier to use. Will the RAGBRAI maps tell you how many miles are left before the next turn will give you some respite from this blasted headwind? Will they tell you how many miles to Mr Porkchop or Beekmans? Do they have notes on what vendors…[Read more]
I can’t tell you what RAGBRAI or the county road crews will actually do. I can tell you that on podcasts Dieter has said that he asks the road departments on his gravel rides to do nothing that wasn’t previously scheduled. Gravel is what it is and dealing with the roads as you find them is part of the gravel rider’s ethos in his opinion. Trust…[Read more]
One year at RAGBRAI I noticed an abnormally large bike parked in towns on two or three occasions. It looked like a normal bike just scaled up to a larger size. Then one day I came upon the bike and its rider out on the open road so I was able to keep pace with him for a while and chat. As you might expect he was a big dude and while I do not…[Read more]
In the past, no, you can’t buy one at the Expo. So try to get one here even though they appear to be in short supply. We have a new director and things have changed due to Covid so maybe the vehicle pass policy has changed. Only RAGBRAI can tell you for sure and you’ve already asked so hopefully they will give you good news!
I’m not sure you can do that anymore. I’m a team captain and all the traditional team management tools are no longer available to me. So, you may need to join the team on the Enmotive site instead. You and your team captain should contact email@example.com if you need more details.
It’s not my thing but you will get advice from like-minded people soon. I will just mention that in the past people have reported having sufficient veggie options so I think you will be covered. Also, Kathy Murphy from the Just Go Bike podcast mentioned last week in the pre-ride reports that she and Andrea Parrot did that she is a vegetarian. This…[Read more]
The podcast is generally excellent but it and the written blog have totally failed the gravel riders. We know that the first 15 .Iles have a varied surface with some sand and rolling hills. End of report.
The 2018 loop was unlike any on RAGBRAI before it. We were basically riding on loose Loess (aka sand) with some nasty hills. I don’t think we…[Read more]
I cannot speak for every RV owner but if someone shows up at my motorhome with a medical device that needs charging I will start up the generator and let you use the exterior outlet. I think that most people would do the same and a lot of townspeople will let you use the exterior outlets at their homes. If you are with a charter they will almost…[Read more]
There have not been GPS files in years past, I can’t predict if they will be offered this year!
Support vehicle maps will be released as PDFs, probably at least a week before the start of the ride. It is critical that your driver has these. There has been a support driver’s meeting in the start town on Saturday afternoon. There may be good…[Read more]
The RAGBRAI team does an inspection of the full route and touches base with the route towns every year by actually riding the route on bicycles starting about 50 days before the real ride takes place. They have not made much of a splash about this this year but the ride is going on right now. You can see written reports and photos by scrolling…[Read more]
I don’t know if I did something wrong or if the anti-spam software doesn’t allow posting links, even to RAGBRAI’s own webpage. The bold text above should have been a link. I will try again but it may not work this time either: