Oh yes, thank you HelenP. That does remind me – I’m excited for that sweet spot during the week when I’ve lost track of the day, the date and time, and for the most part my direction. At that point I’m just pedaling with the flow.
I’m excited about the daily miles and route. I see manageable days averaging 60 miles each leading up to the “Queen’s stage” Century Day. After that a nice spin for the remainder into the northwest corner of IA. Also, to kickoff this year we will arrive Sergeants Bluff early to maximize the Day 0 festivities.
Pre-ride Saturday 7/23 afternoon and evening could be called Day 0. There will be lots of “car-up!” traffic bringing in cyclists. Usually there’s a variety of vendors and festivities. 2021 had live music. Its worth camping that night to absorb the RAGRBAI vibe before the Sunday 7/24 start.
A century ride certainly is worthy of training and planning ahead. Consider that Iowa will give us about 14 hours of daylight. Average 13mph you’ll need 7.7 hours of saddle time. I’m guessing a half-hour rest every 10 miles (4.5 hours off the saddle). That would be total 12.2 hours. You may arrive later in the day, but you’ll be glo…[Read more]
An early start (with head and tail lights) is a good idea. The AM weather in 2021 made for beautiful sunrises shrouded by low clouds. Also, an early start means shorter lines at breakfast. Later, find shade for a nap when the sun is high.
The last miles of the century loop can be very desolate being among distanced cycling zombies. As I recall, very little sagging going on. Just a lot of you, your thoughts, and your bike of course. 2021 was special with Mr. Karras handing out century patches at a shady spot. Perhaps the best reward is merging back into the flow after…[Read more]
Bike lock may just be dead weight – with so may bikes around it will be nearly impossible to find a thing to attached the lock. I’m thinking about packing a cable and lock in the overnight bag to lock bikes to each other (only at night, and just for peace of mind).