I always have an announcement party and we watch it on my TV hooked up to a computer. I wasn’t planning on a party this year due to covid. It would be difficult watching it this year and giving the Iowa Bicycle Coalition any money. They were very quick to jump ship and go with the ill fated Iowa Ride. I said then and I believe it’s still true,…[Read more]
I beleive you are talking about the Karras Loop patch. Those are only given on the day of the loop ride. The yearly ride patch is available all week and usually extras are available through the online store.
A few of the guys I have done Ragbrai with are thinking about doing a ride in Wisconsin. Our plans are to be based out of a town and stay at a hotel and do five loops from the town. Each day would be between 50-75 miles. Onalaska WI is the town of choice so far. We are hoping things are better in regards to COVID-19 by August and hope to do it…[Read more]
If Ragbrai is cancelled which I think it will be, and the curve flattens out enough to allow group activities by the first of August. Some of us plan on doing a five day ride somewhere in the Midwest. We will find a town that we will do five loops off of. Stay in the same hotel each day. It won’t be Ragbrai but will give us a reason to keep…[Read more]
This will be my 11th Ragbrai and nothing beats riding for training. The more miles you get in the easier it will be for you. I always suggest around 1200 miles before Ragbrai but I know it will be hard for some to do that. You don’t want it to be a struggle getting through the week. I see some who didn’t get miles in and they do not enjoy it.…[Read more]
I have used them six of the ten times I have done Ragbrai. Without a doubt they are the best way to do Ragbrai in my opinion. The entire crew is there for you and will take great care of you. They understand the challenges of Ragbrai and make certain they provide you with things like charging stations, great showers, good camping locations,…[Read more]
As poorly as Council Bluffs and TJ had the town set up it doesn’t surprise me that they lost money. They could have saved money by not having the stupid fireworks at 9:30-10 when everyone was trying to get rested up for the first day. By far the worst starting town in my 10 years.
Many days the pass through towns were really weak. West Point and a couple others were the exceptions. The fact that southern Iowa is far less populated makes it hard to have towns that can do it right. I will be interested to hear what others thought of the crowds. It was my 10th Ragbrai over the last 12 years and I felt that the totals were…[Read more]
In my nine trips across Iowa I have seen little or no price gouging along the route. I have paid $1 for water, $2 for gatorade and $7-$10 for a church meal every year. I have never seen t-shirts for $30. in towns. If you see one or two stands that feel their product(s) is worth more please don’t condemn the entire state as price gougers. I…[Read more]
I have done Ragbrai nine times and have enjoyed all the routes. I do enjoy the routes that include at least one larger town. For this reason I am hoping for a route across the middle of the state. Hopefully one or more cities like Ames, Des Moines, Iowa City or Cedar Rapids will be included in the route. Larger cities allow bigger…[Read more]
I enjoy riding as fast as I can between towns and then stopping in every town and seeing what they have to offer. I use training for Ragbrai as a way to keep in shape. By wanting to ride fast between towns it forces me to get plenty of training in which keeps me in descent shape for an old guy. This was my ninth Ragbrai and I hope to do many…[Read more]