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    Ragbrai Xxxi

    Just a couple days until the route announcement. Any guesses?
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    I bet you $5 it runs west-to-east across most of the state of iowa.

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    I'm guessing a southern route this year. I missed the last two years of RAGBRAI but I think this year I will get to go. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Southern route for sure. I think the start town will be around Missouri Valley (Town) or Modale and finish near Fort Madison.

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    Hope its a southern route so I can pick it up after my L/C ride.
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    What is a L/C?
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    Lewis Clark?
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    Originally posted by Viper
    Southern route for sure. I think the start town will be around Missouri Valley (Town) or Modale and finish near Fort Madison.
    I was wrong as far as where to begin RAGBRAI, but correct at the finish! yea!

    http://www.ragbrai.org/

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    Guess it pays to check early...

    Sun., July 20: Glenwood > Shenandoah

    Mon., July 21: Shenandoah > Bedford

    Tue., July 22: Bedford > Osceola

    Wed., July 23: Osceola > Oskaloosa

    Thu., July 24: Oskaloosa > Bloomfield

    Fri., July 25: Bloomfield > Mt. Pleasant

    Sat., July 26: Mt. Pleasant > Ft. Madison
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    Days three and four look to be the longest.

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    Everyone says the following:

    Same as the '92 route.
    Oh my God, hills.
    Ok, you're right, no big climbs, but a lot of little hills.
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    Yep. I rode a southern route in 2000. Lots of hills but not so bad really.

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    I got this from a team listserv. They say it is the Sunday DSM register article.

    Get ready to ride the "devil's washboard."

    That was a term early settlers applied to the up-and-down terrain of
    southern Iowa. It's still an apt description, as riders on RAGBRAI XXXI will
    discover July 20-26.

    The annual cross-state bicycle tour of Iowa takes its most southerly route
    ever this year. Everyone who knows Iowa knows that means lots of hills. It's
    rated the 10th toughest ride in the 31 years of RAGBRAI.

    Don't let that scare you off. In total mileage, it will be among the
    shortest RAGBRAIs. No single day's ride is longer than 80 miles, and some
    are considerably shorter. That means riders should arrive at the overnight
    stops with plenty time left in the day to enjoy the hospitality of some of
    Iowa's most picturesque and welcoming communities.

    Then there's the scenery and the character of southern Iowa - a land of
    gingerbread courthouses, wooded ravines, rolling fields and pasture. The
    vistas are eye-pleasing throughout and occasionally spectacular. The small
    towns reflect some of the poverty and population loss of southern Iowa, as
    well as local flavor.

    Bottom line: Don't attempt RAGBRAI XXXI unless you are willing to train in
    preparation for the hills. An out-of-shape rider will be miserable. But if
    you're in shape to handle the hills, the reward should be a thoroughly
    delightful tour (barring rain, hail, heat or head winds).

    The starting town (Glenwood) and five of the six overnight towns are the
    same as on RAGBRAI XX, but this is not a repeat of the 1992 ride. On every
    day but one (Bedford to Osceola on Day 3) different roads are taken than in
    1992. Day 3 also includes the optional John Karras Century Loop for those
    riders who want to get in a 100-mile day. It's a different loop than in '92.

    This year's ride passes through at least 11 towns that RAGBRAI has never
    visited before, including Coin, College Springs, Shambaugh, New Market,
    Beacon, Cedar, Kirkville, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, New London and Lowell.
    Near College Springs, the route is so far south it's only about a mile from
    the Missouri border.

    The ride begins in the Loess Hills near Glenwood and ends in the
    Mississippi Valley at Fort Madison. With those two exceptions, the entire
    ride will take place in a geologic region called the Southern Iowa Drift
    Plain. It's hilly because the glacier of the last Ice Age didn't advance far
    enough south to flatten the terrain, as it did in northern Iowa.

    But don't think it's nothing but hills. As a 1898 report on the geology of
    Decatur County noted, the "topography was quite fittingly described by the
    early settlers who spoke of the region as the 'devil's washboard.' An
    east-west traveler must cross a series of alternating ridges and valleys.
    The north-south traveler may usually find a ridge road. From the latter,
    looking off over the country, the tops of the successive flat-topped ridges
    appear rising to an even surface and restoring the old plain in which the
    valleys have been carved."

    That's the way it will be for cyclists. The hill-climbing will be
    interspersed with flat runs through wooded valleys and on wind-swept ridge
    tops. Unlike those early settlers on rutted, dirt roads, cyclists will be on
    hard surfaces except for about three miles of gravel heading into Bloomfield
    on Day 5. (Unless unforeseen route changes add more gravel.)

    In addition to the scenery and the towns, RAGBRAI XXXI is rich in history
    and other points of interest. Shenandoah, the first night's stop, has an
    Iowa Walk of Fame, a streetscape that honors Iowans who became nationally
    known. The route at several points is near the Mormon Trail. In Van Buren
    County, it passes through the old riverport towns of Keosauqua, Bentonsport
    and Bonaparte - and dips in and out (huff-puff) of the Des Moines River
    valley at each town.

    In Davis and Van Buren counties, the route passes settlements of Old Order
    Amish. Mount Pleasant, one of the overnight stops, is home of the Old
    Threshers Reunion, a celebration of the age of steam power. Nearby Salem was
    the first Quaker settlement west of the Mississippi. Picturesque courthouses
    adorn Bedford, Bloomfield and other towns, and Keosauqua has the oldest
    courthouse in Iowa. The route follows the Woodlands Scenic Byway for a
    while, and there's plenty of history on the broad Mississippi riverfront in
    Fort Madison.

    Oskaloosa features a municipal bandstand that is on the National Register
    of Historic Places. Nearby is a statue of Mahaska, the Ioway chief after
    whom the county is named. (Interesting trivia: Oskaloosa is named after a
    Creek Indian princess. The night before reaching Oskaloosa, the ride stays
    overnight in Osceola, which happens to be named after the Seminole chief who
    married princess Oskaloosa.)

    Applications to take part in RAGBRAI XXXI may be downloaded from
    www.ragbrai.org. The cost is $110 for riders and $35 for non-riders for the
    full week. Up to three daily passes may be obtained for $25 per day for
    riders and $15 for non-riders.

    Deadline for applying is April 30. The results of a lottery to select
    8,500 riders for the week will be available on May 1. Daily passes will
    remain available after the April 30 deadline.


    A day-by-day synopsis:
    Day 1 - Some tough hills coming out of Glenwood, but it's a short day, and
    the last leg is a flat run from Essex into Shenandoah 58miles

    Day 2 - Through hills, hills, hills, the route dips south through some
    interesting little towns RAGBRAI has never visited before, passes through
    Clarinda and takes Iowa Highway 2 into Bedford. 62

    Day 3 - More hills, but a few smooth, level spots, too, as the route
    stays on Highway 2 through Mount Ayr and Leon, then north on old U.S.
    Highway 69 (some of it newly resurfaced) into Osceola. The century loop on
    this day is exceptionally hilly.76

    Day 4 - This day is a mix of rolling hills, steep hills and occasional
    flat stretches. The road surface is rough in places. There are some nice
    scenic vistas. The route crosses the Des Moines River on the way to
    Oskaloosa.79

    Day 5 - The morning starts with an easy ride, then turns hilly. A landmark
    is the huge power plant on the Des Moines River near Chillicothe. Heading
    almost due south, there are lots of hills and scenery. The route has about
    three miles of gravel just outside Bloomfield. 67

    Day 6 - Riders will coast into and have to climb out of the Des Moines
    River valley three times as the route traverses historic Van Buren County.
    There are rolling hills and a climb out of the Skunk River valley heading
    into Mount Pleasant.66

    Day 7 - This day should be a breeze. Henry County outside of Mount
    Pleasant is some of the flattest land in Iowa. There's only one serious
    climb, out of the Skunk valley near Lowell. Most riders should reach Fort
    Madison and the end of the ride in time for lunch.44
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    Thanks for the update -haven't checked the web site today. Have been looking forward to a list of the through cities.
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    Thanks for the great post!! I am sure looking forward to the ride again!!! I have my vacation time in already, now if the weather will cooperate a bit, I'll have to get out and start working those hills!!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    Doesn't look too bad. I just hope it's not too hot and humid.


    http://www.geobike.com/geobike/RAGBRAI/r31/r31pt.shtml

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    Thanks for the link, I didn't know that was up already! Looks like I'll be using a route to work with hills to start getting in shape for this little adventure. I thought last years weather was about perfect....hope it holds for this year as well!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    16100 of climb. I took a look at the 2002 route elevation map. This one looks like some work. I would be a tough ride (or an easy sag) if you haven't trained at all for the ride.

    Thank goodness my new bike has a triple.
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    Ol' Blue's got a double up front....but 11x28 on the rear, so it won't be too bad. Just get into the lowest gear I have, spin 'er up, and enjoy the ride! Give me more time to chat with the other riders anyway!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    I am setting up my new road bike with 48/38/26 up front and 11-32 in back. That should be perfect for RAGBRAI.

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    Man, if there are any hills requiring 26x32, I'm gonna be walking! I may have to bring along my other old Paramount, which does have a triple! Liberty might enjoy the outing anyway, may have to bring her along.
    By the way, cycletourist, great list of links!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    Hey thanks, Nebill. I thought those would be helpful to lots of people...

    26/32 might be overkill, but southern Iowa has lots of short, steep hills and I want a bailout gear just in case.

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    This is still a little early, but does anyone have any ideas about a bikeforums.com get together during RAGBRAI?
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    Shoot no, not too early at all! I hope this year that my limited skills as a mechanic will not keep me away!!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    Hey Bill -

    Has anybody heard anything about a pre-RAGBRAI ride? I have heard of some friends that try to ride in Nebraska prior to the big ride. Just trying to plan my week early.

    ~I am so excited to go!
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