I would add that the meeting towns each day are another place where those who feel that they have done all they can or should could check with RV owners to see if they can get a lift. There is an official SAG vehicle of course but if the weather is that bad (and it may not be, this far out there tends to be a lot of exaggeration about weather…[Read more]
I went skiing at Jackson Hole in Wyoming a few times. One time they were having a deal where you had your lift cards marked and if you skied 150k vertical feet in a week you would get a nice enameled pin to commemorate the event. I skied hard all week and got that pin. I felt like I had really accomplished something when I was done yet I also felt…[Read more]
The worst I experienced was the Friday/Saturday of 2016 before the ride started. The temperature was not above 100, as far as I know, but the humidity was very close to 100! I only rode the last three days of 2012, my first RAGBRAI, so I guess I dodged a bullet there. Did get to experience the thunderstorm in Marshalltown. If you are suffering…[Read more]
I am protestant so I don’t get his memos (!) but it is possible to search on Google and come up with this link to his RAGBRAI profile. He does not have a wristband number and it does not appear that his group of last year is active this year if you follow the link to it on his profile page. You could click on each of the members of his group to…[Read more]
One place where you can find them on RWGPS is here. There are others but this one is marked “official” although it claims to have been created by RWGPS rather than RAGBRAI which doesn’t meant that it isn’t official. Yeah, no one needs to have GPS files and many have no use for them. Many of us do however, so humor us as we humor your quirks on…[Read more]
The planning of the support driver maps depends on input from the towns and counties and the ISP just like everything else having to do with this event. The towns are scrambling to put their plans together and the decisions they make could impact the support route. Every day three towns have to set up their ride infrastructure so that support…[Read more]
I think pretty much all of us have found this ride to be addicting, there is no surprise if a 10 year old did.
I was listening to the chatter on NBC’s Tour coverage today and they began talking of a rider some years ago who found himself winning both the yellow and green jerseys one day. The next day he rode a bike painted green on one side and…[Read more]
Seems like there are always young riders on this ride so I would think that meeting some would not be too difficult. We never had children so I cannot offer any experiential advice unless my niece or nephew decide to let theirs come along some day. Neither of them ride so that is a long shot at best!
I can’t recall seeing a girl with red and blue…[Read more]
I don’t know if Jamis will be doing demos this year, I hear that Bianchi is the demo bike vendor this year. But maybe Jamis is too although I have not heard that. In the past the demo bike booth is set up on the route near where the gravel loop heads off. You leave your bike at the booth and ride the loop, picking up your bike again when you have…[Read more]
You don’t say exactly what you are having trouble with so I am going to assume you know how to load gpx/tcx files into your Garmin once you get them. I assume you are having trouble getting them and I think I know why.
When I go to the “The Ride” menu at the top of this page and select “2019 Route Maps” I get the page where you can…[Read more]
Thanks for the video, Scott. The road surface appears to be well packed Iowa standard country road gravel and not like last year’s sand box. I don’t think it will be a problem even after a thousand or two riders have ridden it ahead of you.
One question though. Did you lose someone or are we all obligated to circle that one intersection five times??
It always has been since the gravel loop has become an optional feature of the ride. Nothing forces RAGBRAI to have the loop on Sunday, however, or to have it at all for that matter. If you like the gravel loop then support it by riding it and encouraging others to ride it. The more of us who ride it the…[Read more]
I screwed up my courage and added up my miles over the weekend. I’m not doing as badly as I feared. I’ve got about 600 for the year so far which is only about 200 behind where I normally am at this point. Even so those 200 “missing miles” are road miles on my long distance, RAGBRAI bike. The bulk of my miles have been short hops three times a day…[Read more]
We got the email a couple days ago and the package arrived today, 100% complete. I think they are doing better this year than last. Either that or by the luck of the draw we ended up earlier in the shipping schedule this year.
People got around without GPS for several hundred thousand years so of course GPS is unnecessary. On the other hand they got around for very nearly the same amount of time without bicycles and it is entirely feasible for a healthy human being to walk across Iowa….
The GPS maps can be nice to have when you or someone near you wants to know how…[Read more]
My old bike is a triple and it is the only one I have ridden RAGBRAI with so far. This year will be the first on the new bike with its mountain double. If you really want to have a 50-something big ring and a low climbing gear then the triple is the way to go. I fully understand the reasons to love the simplicity of a double, especially now that I…[Read more]