Rather than looking at Council Bluffs, or any start town, which could be booked by people who have free cancellation and are hoping to guess the starting point from a very limited set of choices, I would look at all the towns NE, E, and SE of Atlantic in a 40-80 mile range. Anything pop out? Then you might be on to something.
That’s correct. Typically I’m the first one to register, and then it’s me trying to convince a bunch of friends to join. Only a few of us ride all week. Last year, we did not have a support vehicle, which was one of the reasons I decided to be a bagger. It was fun, and more convenient in many ways, so that’s going to be my personal plan moving…[Read more]
I used the Ron Oman charter just for a ride to the starting point and back to Omaha on the last day, and it was super easy. So yes, you could park your car near the starting point if that shortens your drive. Just note that sitting on the bus for hours after you finish the week may not be for everyone, so perhaps parking in the end town and…[Read more]
Nice sleuthing Chris! When towns say “no”, does that logically lead us to believe RAGBRAI is considering a route in that region? Or do the organizers tend to cast a wide net? Curious if anyone might know the answer to that.
Thanks for chiming in TJ! I’m not surprised to see RAGBRAI open this amazing life experience to anyone who would like to ride a bike, no matter if it’s electric or human powered. I firmly believe traditional bikes will continue to represent at least 90% of all riders on RAGBRAI for many years to come. I was a bagger last year for the first time,…[Read more]
I would love to see a route in the southernmost sections of Iowa. I lived in Iowa for a really long time, but rarely if ever found myself south of Highway 34 when I wasn’t on Interstate 35. I think just once on a trip to Keokuk. I’ve also heard that southern Iowa can be really hilly, so maybe I should be careful what I wish for.
Wow. I politicized this? I mean seriously? That is not only incredibly bad deduction but disingenuous. I brought up Portland because there may be more electric bikes among cyclists here than anywhere else in the nation, since Portland has the nation’s highest bicycle mode share of any major city and e-bikes are everywhere here. We have…[Read more]
Bob, I’m not sure why you felt compelled to inject politics into this discussion. FYI, I was a proud Iowan for 16 years, and my point is that RAGBRAI has and will continue to evolve. At some point, someone like you was probably complaining about tandem bikes, or skateboards, or anything not a traditional bicycle. Or even the enterprising services…[Read more]
I really don’t understand the sense of entitlement and exclusivity being promoted by some in this thread. The point of RAGBRAI is building a sense of COMMUNITY and JOY. This was best encapsulated by an older couple I saw on this year’s ride going uphill on an electric trike with the biggest smiles on their face. Do we really want to ban them…[Read more]