Before RAGBRAI I’ll be riding out of Rapid City for a couple of weeks. Any locals with advice on road routes out of Rapid City, maybe Sheridan Lake road, etc… Perhaps which routes are most rider friendly…
Last year was my 1st w/PBV. They had in-camp features that were great: bands, free (and good) tap beer, tons of shaded seating, misters for some seating, in-camp meals, am free coffee, a flush toilet trailer + dozens of kybos, $1 soft drinks, great showers and more. I signed up again this year. I understand why you like them so much.
I’ve have been limited to a half RAGBRAI before but I live in an Iowa border state. It was worth it. If you’re close enough it might be worth doing a half ride. You can rent cars (pickup and return) one-way near the start (Sioux City) and do a 30 mile pre-ride to the start after dropping your gear in Onawa. Also 1-ways are available in Ames, Iowa…[Read more]
No need to guess. TJ answered this. The tax was always charged previously but just not as a separate line item. So we always paid it.
As far as being from out-state its just like anything else you buy when you-re in the state. You don’t get to skip the sales tax. Which is different then buying something mail-order. You use the fee in Iowa of course.
I assume Iowa is like my home state which makes headphones/ear-buds illegal when operating any vehicle including a bicycle on the road. They prevent you from hearing approaching, car horns, emergency vehicles, etc…
I got a radar device which is really nice for the open road. Its a rear light with a radar detector by Garmin. It connects without…[Read more]
One option this year is to rent a car 1-way from Iowa City and drop everything at your camp location. Take just the bike and what you’ll carry on it to Sioux City. Return the rental car and ride on Saturday back to Onawa, just a little over 30 miles.
$700 might buy you a reasonable used road bike. But the position difference on a road bike takes time in the saddle as your neck, shoulder and arm muscles will need to adapt to the new position. It might be a painful transition.
I’d consider upgrading your current ride if you like it. Maybe different tires rather then wheels with a higher…[Read more]
I used PBV & the tent service. It seemed pretty easy to get back into camp without creating much noise. Just remember where your tent is so you don’t go into the wrong one. And have a small pocket light to help avoid tripping on anything. PBV camp is difficult to leave as they make it so great. Meals, live music & beer being included makes it hard…[Read more]
Selling food means you need to get on the list for each jurisdiction’s health department inspections. That’s what blew up the cost model for the guy I know who wanted to sell along the route. Talk to RAGBRAI about the requirements for being a RAGBRAI vendor.
Better check with RAGBRAI itself. It takes more then a retail permit to set up along the route. In addition to clearing it with RAGBRAI you need to get permission of the property owners including any government entity that owns any park/school/etc you might want to use. I knew someone who wanted to do this but all the permits (much > 1) made it…[Read more]
Back to your original question. Last year I thought the announcement itself was scheduled to start about 8pm central but they didn’t get to it until closer to 9pm. It would be great if the “director” of the feed/RAP would cut the jibber-jabber (interviews) off on schedule to start the announcement on time.
A reminder for those looking for a Twin Cities based team, our get together to meet the team and stream live the RAGBRAI route announcement party is a week from Saturday. Send me a “private message” on this website to get added to the list of people for us to watch for. Let’s see if you and our team are a good match.
There is a several year waiting list for PBV’s Phat Rooms. They’re booked long in advance. I had the option for 1 this year but declined as I am likely a partial week rider this year as I have a busy summer schedule.
If you’re looking for a Twin Cities based RAGBRAI team keep reading. Our Team is getting together at a local Minneapolis Taproom on Saturday January the 27th to stream the RAGBRAI Route Announcement party. We have a bus, leave from and return to the Twin Cities for RAGBRAI each year. Come meet us and we’ll see if you’re a good match with the team…[Read more]
I met a guy on last year’s RAGBRAI that doesn’t ride all year long except on RAGBRAI (his 3rd). He does the full route without any loops. He said he does get a bit sore. I wouldn’t recommend that approach but you’ve got this covered easily by your description.