I have done some smaller rides and, though fun and enjoyable, none are what RAGBRAI is. Since my first RAGBRAI over 10 years ago, I make the trip every summer to do it (and it’s over 1,000 miles away for me).
I didn’t do the gravel loop but did do the Karras loop. Including to and from where my group stayed/camped in each overnight, at the end of the week (from my Garmin data) I totaled 515 miles with 19,300’ of climb. The disparity in mileage when counting to and from camp this year seemed a little higher than past years. My impression is dis…[Read more]
I think the roads in Iowa on RAGBRAI are great. There were instances where you needed to “pay attention” and ride appropriately. Most that complain may not have experienced some roads in other parts of the country. I live in coarse chip seal country and the roads in Iowa are much, much smoother overall. That being said, this year and last I wen…[Read more]
With the 2019 logo and theme of following the wind, my guess is the route will follow areas with significant wind generation which, perhaps, eliminates a southern route, leaving just about anything from the I80 corridor north. My guess is somewhere between north (like 2017) and somewhat central (like 2018). My guess is to start in LeMars/Sioux…[Read more]
RAGBRAI 2017 on the Karras Loop, ~2-3 miles short of Plover, somehow another rider crashed on top of me, breaking my helmet on the pavement with my head in it. I was knocked unconscious and hauled to the hospital in Pocahontas. When I woke, a doctor was sitting beside and informed me I had bleeding on top of the brain and if it worsened, they were…[Read more]
I’m curious about this: In an injury accident involving two cyclists, with one seriously injured and the other not, is it illegal for the uninjured cyclist to leave the scene? For motor vehicle drivers the law is pretty clear that it is illegal. Aren’t bicycles considered vehicles and the operator a driver so that law would also apply to cyclists?
It all depends on what you want done for you and what you are willing to pay for. There are expensive and inexpensive charters. I go with a charter that is inexpensive and it works for me. I pack my own luggage to and from a vehicle and set up my own tent where I want within the group area. It does take a little extra time but I am willing to live…[Read more]
I think my group has a March 1 deadline as well (at which time the group becomes closed). It may be that’s what the group leaders have decided as it eliminates the last minute entries and avoids the April 1 last minute rush. Looking at the website there doesn’t appear to be anything required March 1.
There are several charter services with varying levels of service provided. Some have, like Pork Belly, extra levels of service provided for a fee. There are plenty of others you might consider, all depending what you are willing to pay for. The closest similarity to camping could be just sleeping in a tent. Or, another option may be to hire a…[Read more]
I did the gravel loop last year on 25mm tires, certainly much better than 23’s. It would be nice if the county didn’t grade the gravel back into the vehicle tracks. The first gravel road on last year’s loop really sucked because it was too deep and too loose. The second gravel road on the loop was much more tolerable. If RAGBRAI management…[Read more]
Undecided… leaning toward my Lynskey R265, titanium, disc brakes and 28mm tubeless tires… best all around combination for gravel and paved road. But still thinking of my Felt F55, my Ritchey Breakaway steel cyclocross or my Ritchey Breakaway titanium/carbon road.. all three veterans of 2 or 3 RAGBRAI’s each. I keep the Felt at a cousin’s…[Read more]
My biggest concern would be, when you flip the rear to freewheel, not having a rear brake available, particularly in an emergency situation. If that is your bike in your post, it doesn’t appear to have a rear brake. Freewheeling down a steep hill at 40+ and having to make a sudden stop without a rear brake could be a little perilous. I have a…[Read more]
For RAGBRAI I have evolved to a sleeping bag comfort rated at ~50 that packs down to a quart size and a sleeping bag liner (adds about 10 degrees) that packs down to a pop can size. Warmer nights I may use the liner, cooler nights only the sleeping bag, the coldest nights both together.
Check with charter groups from the MSP area. Perhaps you could arrange to travel to the start and from the end with them. Getting to their departure/arrival point should be easier now that Uber is so popular.
For RAGBRAI, with heat and humidity, a tent should be very “airy”, with a tent body that is mostly mesh material starting a few inches above ground level. I found my really good tent for camping cold nights in the mountains wasn’t best suited for RAGBRAI. The mesh also contributes to being lightweight, important if you are restricted on weight.…[Read more]
jwsknk, you may have a good point regarding Ames. Yes, if it moves forward, inputs (hookups, permanent bathrooms) for the new RV lot for tailgaters (east of the stadium, across University), perhaps, would not be completed prior to RAGBRAI in’17. Also, a walking bridge from that area to the stadium, across University, is proposed and could be…[Read more]
I do some but a very limited amount of paceline riding on RAGBRAI as I prefer the more casual perspective of a relaxed ride, taking in the sights and sounds instead of focusing on the backside of the person in front of me. Most paceline groups are quite respectful of the rest of the riders and appear to put the safety of all first. There are…[Read more]