Yep, I will be there. I am planning on riding up from Omaha the day before.
Will be doing the whole thing.
Not this year. I've ridden RAGBRAI 16 times, the first time in '82. Lots changed since then!
I used to live in St.Louis so it was an easy drive. Now that I live in CA the logistics are a bit more complicated.
One year my son wants to do a 3 generation RAGBRAI (I get to be the grandfather), but that's still a few years off.
But anyway, yes, love RAGBRAI and I still think its the most pure fun you can have on a bicycle in a week's time.
Rick / OCRR
I've been invited to RAGBRAI the past few years but I'm just so wary of the weather. I hate the heat/humidity and probably couldn't sleep very well with warm evening temps. I know I'm a wimp but if they move the event to late Sept. I'd be there for sure!
One of my bicycling claims to fame is riding Wednesday of Ragbrai I. It wasn't a rolling fund raiser back then, the chocolate chip cookies were FREE.
Since then I've worked a support crew for a week and I've ridden a couple of days, but I've never ridden the whole thing.
I hope to do it someday, but it won't be this year. Definitely on my to do list after I retire in a few years.
The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.
[QUOTE=Retro Grouch;11140833]One of my bicycling claims to fame is riding Wednesday of Ragbrai I. It wasn't a rolling fund raiser back then, the chocolate chip cookies were FREE.
Last year I got free fruit, free cookies, and free butt butter.
Yes, first time as well. Live in Minnesota, riding with an experienced group of 15 cyclists. My wife and I are on a road tandem. Anxious to get started.
A coworker is doing it. I think he will do better than he expects.
This is my first year, I am riding with my brother in law. Not the whole thing though, we will pick it up on Tuesday. I am very very excited, and a little nervous
I can say now that I've done it once, but I don't plan on ever going back.
Okay-what are the pros and cons of doing this ride? I'm looking for more week long tours to do but I'm not understanding what deal is with this one based on some of the posts.
Ride your Ride!!
It is a 7 day ride across Iowa that usually is around 450 miles. To be registerd, you can go with a group or club that has reserved spots or get in the general lottery for a spot. 10,000 registered riders, and as many as 20,000 to 25,000 overall riders per day, depending on the start or finish town. Varied riding, (22,000 feet of climb last year, 13,000 this year). Prices vary quite a bit for food or refreshments. One can eat quite reasonably if you look around a little bit. Most people camp, and showers are available at all overnight towns. You can emphasize riding, drinking, eating, partying, or any combination of these. An overall good time, if you don't worry about spending a few bucks. It's a blast.
Edit; With camping and entry fees, spending and meal money, 500 to 600 bucks will cover the week for me.
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RAGBRAI is nearly impossible to explain to anybody!!! The best description I've ever read is this: RAGBRAI is a county fair married to the Mardi Gras, whose parents were a rock concert and a potluck supper, all off on a biking holiday. (credit to someone on the RAGBRAI forum!)
Dan in SW Iowa...
life is lethal; none of us gets out alive!
Today's Omaha World-Herald reports that a RAGBRAI rider crashed and died due to rubbing wheels with another. He was wearing a helmet it seems.