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]
RoyBoy…Don’t understand why they would slam the door. Part of our charter fees goes to ensuring that we have extra kybo’s and other amenities. No reason to be mad at us just because we choose to pay for a little nicer Ragbrai.
No problem for me, I got to Lansing at 9:30 and dipped my tire. Got to long term parking and took a left and went back to Waukon and then headed south. Cost me about 20 minutes not being able to head south right out of Lansing but it was a nice drive and saw a couple of new towns. I expected it to be a real problem doing anything in Lansing. I…[Read more]
Very few people lock their bikes up. My tent is big enough that I keep it inside, not so much for security but to keep it from getting wet or stepped on at night. During the day I have never seen a bike locked up in the pass through towns. Only time I have heard about bikes being taken were people down town at the bars having theirs taken.
My helmet is red, white and black the same color of my bike and kit. My wife gives me a hard time about everything matching, including my shoes, gloves, watch, sunglasses, water bottle and Road ID. I guess it gives me the feeling of being on a race team even though that would never be a possibility.
Prehydration has helped me a lot the last couple of years. Whenever I have a long ride coming up I ensure that I take in lots of water the night before. On the ride I rotate one bottle of water and one bottle of gatorade and I haven’t had any problems on long rides including centuries.
I have gone with Brancel the last five years, will be going with them for the sixth straight year this year. It’s a family operation that handles approximately 500 riders. They are big enough to provide several services yet small enough to take care of anything you want. We have shower trucks, power chargers, snacks, laundry service, and…[Read more]