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Old 11-01-11, 09:52 PM   #1
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Thinking about RAGBRAI

I have been reading about this thing called RAGBRAI -- from the sound of it, it's an annual bike ride across Iowa. (Unless it's an annual moving biergarten, with some cycling thrown in.)

It sounds intriguing.

If anyone here has done it before, I'd love to hear more about it -- especially more about the teams and charters, and getting together with a group.

And, since 2012 will be the 40th run -- and therefore RAGBRAI XL -- it might be time for a Clyde Ride.
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Old 11-01-11, 10:02 PM   #2
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being an iowa native ive done it.

your description is is about right. i consider it a moving state fair that requires biking to keep up. the crowds can get old but it is a good experience for someone who has never been. i literally grew up doing it. last year was the the first year i had done it in quite a while. i took my wife for the veery first time. she loved it and is ready to go back.

i have always gone with local groups or race teams. if you need some connections go over to the organizers website (des moines register) i believe they have a place where you can hook up with a group. you could also have their trucks haul your gear but i wouldnt recommend it. i prefer the antics of a group of 15 or so.
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I've done it three times, and I'm eager for next year's. Generally, the earlier in the morning you start, the more "serious" the riders are, if that's a concern.
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Old 11-02-11, 09:15 AM   #4
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Hmmm, RAGBRAI XL. I like that.
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I believe there is a group that goes out of the University of Delaware. Don't know how to hook up with them, though.

If it's anything like the 4 days I spent riding in IA in July while crossing the country, be prepared for serious heat and humidity.
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I think I read somewhere that November is when they open the lottery for the ride.
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Charter services from 2011 , most will be on 2012 http://ragbrai.com/about/charter-services/

FAQ http://ragbrai.com/about/faqs/

RAGBRAI forum http://ragbrai.com/forums/

I have done RAGBRAI 16 times .
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be prepared for serious heat and humidity.
I've seen heat indexes over 100, 50 degrees and driving rain, and 35mph winds.
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Sounds like fun.
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If it's anything like the 4 days I spent riding in IA in July while crossing the country, be prepared for serious heat and humidity.
You're in Philly, and you're concerned about the heat and humidity somewhere else. Hmmm.
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You're in Philly, and you're concerned about the heat and humidity somewhere else. Hmmm.
Yes. I don't do well in high heat and humidity, in part because I sweat profusely. That's why I try to go on bike vacations in areas with there is likely to less of both, at least humidity anyway. At home, if it's going to be really nasty, we have a group that will start early, get in 45 non-stop miles and then off the road. The GF and I often end the ride with a soak in the small fountain near the Waterworks Restaurant.

I couldn't avoid it crossing the country. The midwest was on a different level than here. We had 100+ degree days with super high humidty in IA (Dyersville was about 103), IL (Streetor 101. The tar used to fill in cracks melted and stuck to our tires and downtubes.) and Indiana (Huntingdon at 107). Several other days in the 90s (even in MN) with high humidity. To top it off, there was very little shade. One night in IN it got down to a chilly 85 with no breeze and high humidity. Several nights I slept naked in my tent. During the day I usualy rode without a helmet once the heat really picked up. A few days we were lucky. There was a dense fog in the morning. Some of us started before dawn and got in some miles before the fog burnt off and the sun started beating down. The heat finally broke when we hit OH.

While conditions cary vary most places, you have to look at what's typical to understand what you will likely face.
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