From the FAQ section:
4. What other measures are you implementing to ensure the health and safety of your riders?
Though we will continue to defer to current state guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation and we expect the further relaxing of rules & guidelines regarding various safety measures, as of this date RAGBRAI expects to implement the…[Read more]
I think one of the most wonderful aspects of RAGBRAI is that when misfortune happens, you always have 20,000+ friends happy to help you out. I have ridden RAGBRAI 3 times, and had a variety of situations where I needed assistance. Mechanical, logistics, medical, financial, etc. In every instance, locals, vendors, and fellow riders were always…[Read more]
I don’t think there will be any kind of testing or proof of vaccination involved in the ride. Even if there were something for riders, officials, vendors, etc., it would not matter. Almost the entire event takes place on public roads and in public places, and there is just no way to enforce anything. If someone wants to be there, they will…[Read more]
“A joint will suffice.”
Either you are a lifelong total stoner, or you are smoking ditch weed. These days you can get stuff that will do the trick with a couple tokes. If smoking is not your thing, there is a wide variety of edibles.
While I enjoy beer, wine, and the hard stuff, I honestly have trouble drinking much on RAGBRAI. Mostly it is just…[Read more]
Thanks for posting this JBoz! The weather in NY is a god awful 95, and looks to be very hot all week. If I ride later in the week, I’ll post, but for now I’m eagerly awaiting future reports from you and other RAGBRAI forum folks.
Sigh indeed! I would have been on the double cross with you. It is really a disappointment to be just going to work and having all the fun stuff canceled this year. All work and no play is certainly making me a dull boy.
Well, at least you will be on your bike, and enjoying flush toilets, showers without lines, and all the other stuff we take…[Read more]
I want to say I would do the ride wearing a mask, funny hat, or whatever. However, I work in the building trades, and have spent many long days wearing an N95 mask, or a M3 canister respirator.
It sucks. They are uncomfortable, hot, and restrict breathing, even if you are just painting or sanding. Forget about riding up a long hill. It is…[Read more]
Here is a model that seems fairly accurate to me, although I haven’t dug too deeply into the details, nor am I smart enough to understand the mathematical equations behind it. Things are looking very grim for NY state right now, yet within a week, it will become much worse.
We are facing 55-70+% cumulative infection rate,…[Read more]
I would take what anyone says on the internet with a whole truck load of salt!
It is important to remember that we are also generally talking about confirmed cases. I think it is safe to assume that there are a significant percentage who get the virus that never confirm it, either because of lack of symptoms or lack of testing. Due to that…[Read more]
Thanks for the great responses so far! These are exactly the types of things I’m looking for.
I did not realize that many of the roads I was looking at were gravel. (Google adds a gray overlay that makes it hard to tell.) While I like the idea of a gravel ride that stays close to the river, I think it would be a lot more inclusive to stick…[Read more]
Having been adjacent to the bike industry for over twenty five years, I’ll let you in on a little secret – Most bikes are kind of all the same. Not in the sense that the super-racer roadie bike is the same as a MTB, but if you compare one brand to another, there is almost no difference in similarly priced models. This is because almost all brands…[Read more]
I arrived to the start towns Thursday afternoon on both the 2014, and 2016 rides, and had no issues camping.
I best advice I can give to people who are coming to RAGBRAI from outside the mid-west is to arrive a couple of days early and just enjoy watching a small town turn into a rolling party with 10’s of thousands of people from all over the…[Read more]
I have done 3 RAGBRAI’s (03,14,16) and each one featured a single half day of light to moderate rain. The boys at Weather Control are pretty predictable and conservative. Sometimes there is a brief downpour, or some high winds as a front moves through, but its usually the type of thing that seems dramatic, but everything is dry and sunny a half…[Read more]
Thanks for the update Stephen Witts. I think that you are correct about RAGBRAI probably needing the services of the Air Force cycling team.
I would also like to think the whole Air Force team for their help during past RAGBRAIs. In the past I continued riding after the finish town, and while I missed many aspects of the big event, it really…[Read more]