Yes, 100% there are repeat bandits. In my experience, newbies are much more willing to register. The bandits are the ones who have been doing RAGBRAI for a number of years and fail to see the value of registering, because as far as they are concerned they have the same experience either way. Not making…[Read more]
How do teams order the official RAGBRAI jersey with their team name on it? Can any team do that, or is it something that is reserved for the larger teams? There’s a lot of interest from my team, especially this year, and I want to make it happen if I can. Thanks!
There’s been plenty of conversation on Facebook recently about official registration and “bandits.” I’m not looking to have the “why you should register” or “why bandits are bad” conversation here. Full disclosure: I used to be a bandit. I’ve learned the error of my ways. I register now, and encourage others to do the same. That said, I have some…[Read more]
WRJ: ““Professional” shutdown time riders find a shady spot to wait it out. After a time everything opens up again and they can then find what they are seeking. If you find yourself behind the shutdown, just wait it out. No worries.”
I’m aware of this tactic of which you speak. Unfortunately, in addition to the concern Jason shared above (he…[Read more]
If you like fun prints and great comfort/padding, check out WildCycler! Not cheap but you can watch for sales. They had some great Black Friday deals last year. They’ve also set up along the RAGBRAI route in past years…that’s how my team discovered them.
It’s a huge safety issue when they won’t allow riders to get food or water to safely finish their ride. Last year they even shut off a water hose in the middle of the Karras Loop! I understand stopping alcohol sales and DJs after a certain time but it’s dangerous to deny water and food.
We need to respect the diversity of riders. It’s not…[Read more]
One more thing I forgot to add: our motto is “60% of the time, we ride all the time.” Most of us don’t ride every mile. Of course we encourage those who do wish to ride all of the miles, but we appreciate those who do not judge us for sagging on occasion. We’re all about the journey, not the pressure.
Before folks reach out to Team Kamikaze, I should inform you of how we operate because it might not be for everyone. We consider ourselves a “drinking team with a biking problem.” We work hard, but we play harder.
On the Saturday before (which we call “Day Zero”), we depart from the Des Moines area in late morning and make a slow (but very…[Read more]
My team of 30ish has been riding RAGBRAI for almost 25 years. We opted out this year due to logistical concerns for the overnights. It’s always been challenging to find a host house for a group of our size, and it will be even more difficult this year. We stay up too late for the large campsites. I know of a number of other “regulars” who are…[Read more]
During a normal year, I would advise them to send a scout to ride around town looking for a party bus (independent teams who schlep their own team’s stuff and are almost always willing to pick up a stray, though they may charge a small fee or hold some sort of “initiation” ritual). There would normally be party busses scattered around town into…[Read more]
I did RAGBRAI with a hybrid and tennis shoes when I was 19 and could do anything. Never again! Like Groeny82, I recommend the 2-sided pedals so you have the option to be unclipped, especially in big crowds. If you want to get started without too much sticker shock, check out 6pm.com. I just bought a pair of Louis Garneau cycling shoes for only…[Read more]