Jim: Expect mayhem. The general campground is designated each day, but if you have transport for your gear, there will be many alternatives. At the designated campground you get space where you can find it. First come picks what they want. You should be able to see the locations shortly before the ride. If you have a support vehicle they may want…[Read more]
Igor: First time Mr. Karras handed me a patch, I did the same thing. Felt like a missed opportunity to at least recognize and acknowledge an icon. Heard people chattering after and tried to turn around, just to pay homage, but in a matter of minutes the line was so long we had to tuck tail and head out. Made up for it the next year. We owe him and…[Read more]
KenH: Back in the day, you probably just looked at your wrist watch and counted the revolutions for an interval and did the math in your head. With the cadence monitor, HRM, GPS, power meters, cell and all the other electronics now it seemed more simple then. But does anyone know how best to download the route on a Garmin 520? GeoBike?
My first day on RAGBRAI a young woman decided to stop on a hill, in the middle of the road, in the middle of a pack. I was following too closely and although no one went down, it was by the grace of god only. We learned quickly not to tailgate, even at 10 MPH. I always think we need more communication and people need to try, just try to ride right…[Read more]
Bring a credit card with you in case of mechanical issues. The bike mechanics will do a lot of things for free or on the cheap, but any emergency replacement parts need to be paid for. You may be surprised what can break at the least opportune moment. Waiting for the shuttle because of a mechanical can be long and lonely.