Hmmm . . . am I slow on the uptake or am I way off track? The thought just struck me that the “Across Iowa in 8 Days” could be a play on Jules Verne’s book title “Around the World in 80 Days”. Part of that adventure was done in a hot air balloon, so it fits. If so, it is encouraging to me that this would be a one-time “8 Day event”.
It’s hard to evaluate your projected fitness level with the information given. Ragbrai training coaches usually advise you to do 1000 miles in before the start of Ragbrai, but that’s over three months. Cramming that into five or six weeks would be tough. Were I in your place I would start with 75 miles the first week and up it 25 each…[Read more]
I am going to let this post die as Ben There requested, but I want to make a couple of last points.
I never said the route was wrong. The forced turn in question was too small to be seen on the official route.
I don’t expect a special invitation to go into a town. I just want the choice. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way because…[Read more]
I believe I do give my patronage to Ragbrai towns. Perhaps I didn’t fully explain myself in my last post. As I said, I search for kids’ lemonade stands, whether they are in town or along the way. I usually only need to stop for food or fluids once along the route. If that happens near a town on the route, then that’s great. Sometimes I…[Read more]
Mike, I respect your opinion, but I disagree. I keep hearing that we can do Ragbrai the way we want. I make a point of stopping at kids’ lemonade stands, or if I see something interesting. If towns want to entice us to stop, then that’s great. They could put up signage miles ahead that tells what’s special. I remember Eagle Grove had a guy in…[Read more]
I suppose I could have crawled under the trailer, or gone into the ditch to skirt it, but it wasn’t much of a choice. If memory serves, there was only one way into the town and another way out. It felt forced. I was worried that it would be a trend. Thanks, Derek, for letting me know how it was this year. It doesn’t sound as bad.
Were riders forced through pass-through towns this year? In 2019 I was upset that there were barricades on the roads to force riders into the towns. One town had a tractor-trailer rig blocking the road. Was there anything like that this time? Just curious.
Yep, I didn’t address the ISP complaint, but the original post did mention getting to town on “fumes”. Just trying to help ease that issue if it is possible. I agree that the State Police should not close towns early, but if we can’t change them, we have to adjust what we can.
In my last post, I said, “it should almost climb back to the ten o’clock position”. Strike the word “back”.
I thought of another trick to speed your bike. If you have bladed spokes, make sure they are aligned properly.
Truing your wheels will also help. If your wheel is oval-shaped you will be doing mini up and downs that waste energy.
I have been reading and re-reading this post and comments. Century day was the only day with a 430 cut-off. That was at Central City. I estimate that to be about sixty miles from the day’s start. So you have from 6 am until 4 pm, or ten hours to get there. If you are ‘getting there on fumes’, I suspect there is something wrong with your…[Read more]
I see both sides on this. If there are posted service times, then they should be observed. I get upset that quiet times are not observed. It used to be 9 PM according to both online rules and the Participant Guide, but newer Guides now say 10 PM. You plan your ride according to the rules, but they change! Frustrating! Unfortunately, I don’t…[Read more]
RDaryl’s ideas sound like the old puzzle of getting the grain, fox, and chicken across the river. A perfect solution. . . unless you don’t have a tent. If you do, then I go back to thinking you should camp near the truck. I hope it works out for you.
I actually got lost a couple of times. The first time was in 2013 (I think). I was out early and missed a sign. I joined about five others who did the same. We may have added two miles to the route. The other was in 2017 where I thought the riders ahead were just turning into a food area. People behind me followed and since I saw them, I…[Read more]
Brancel usually has coffee, muffins, bananas, and water available at 5 AM. I used to get water then, but I found my start quicker if I fill my Camelbak the night before. That will last me about 50 miles, so on longer rides, I do find kids or firehouses selling bottled water. Often that 50 miles is extended by stopping at kids’…[Read more]
I have been annoyed with banging Kybo doors over the years, so in 2019 I put foam tape on the doors. (from a local hardware shop) It made a big difference, but we didn’t always get the same Kybos, and people moved the foam tape. I don’t understand why Kybos don’t come with them glued on. I still use earplugs!