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]