I rode the 64 last year and did the 100 this year. We have a place near Sturgeon Bay so I added eight miles by riding to the start. I then added two miles past the finish as my in-laws have a place on the course near Sevastopol High, so it was nice to finish off a 110-mile ride at their farm. I ride the roads around Door most of the year alone, so it's always fun, as a friend of mine once said about RAGBRAI, to be surrounded for a day by thousands of people from my "planet."
The post-ride lunch this year was awesome, and, as a vegetarian, I have to give them a big thumbs-up for the meat-free option on the sphagetti and the pumpkin and cherry pies were great as well. I rang the bell as well. Had some great conversations with and met new people there as well.
Also enjoyed the bike store displays on Saturday -- fun to see stuff from stores I don't normally frequent.
Ride was a bit crowded in spots, but pretty open, especially away from the rest areas. Most of the cyclists were pretty orderly and respectful of others and road rules, but I did hear about tickets being handed out to some people who blew a stop sign in front of a sheriff's deputy. I also witnessed another group blow through an intersection in front of a car at the Jacksonport rest stop that did not have a stop sign and had the right of way. Not cool. I also had to squeeze past one group riding five across and taking up the whole road. Not cool, either.
What's also great about DCC is the actual support you get from locals. There were people at one intersection cheering us on as we passed. Another woman near Bailey's Harbor offered me cookies as I went by. Some little kids were passing out lemonade near Whitefish Dunes. They were too cute, so I stopped and drank a quick cup.
As a regular rider of DC roads, the course layout for the 100 is great with a couple of exceptions. There's plenty of good roads to ride on without having to do that back and forth loop up north from/to Camp David that repeats a good bit of distance. I hope the cyclist who was hurt on Monument Point Road is OK. I wish they'd get rid of that road. Someday someone is going to get killed there and I never ride it any other time of year anyway, there are better downhills that are less dangerous. And yes, that big hill climb past Egg Harbor -- that's the infamous Juddville Road, which will tell you how good a shape you're in. I climbed it three times on long rides in July and August prior to DCC and knew I'd be OK.
But all in all, good event. It's local for me, so I'll continue to support it.