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    Potter Hill & RAGBRAI 2010

    Just finished up RAGBRAI, first time on the ride and what a great time. Potter Hill was a killer on the end, had to stop in the middle because of traffic and riders pealing off their bikes to walk. Now,,, not sure I would have made it anyway. All ready planning on the ride next year.

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    RAGBRAI is a hoot, I really need to get back there again. Some of those hills near the big rivers can be pretty steep. I remember pushing my son to the top of a number of hills, going back and pushing his friend and then his friends family to the top. I probably could have made a lot of money pushing other people to the top as well. :-) That is also where he learned to ride in his first paceline at 20+mph. so many memories!
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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    Potter Hill was indeed a killer! We zipped down it during TOMRV 2010....much easier in reverse!

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    Glad to hear you are out and riding!
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    i couldn't imagine doing that hill on a tandem. so many people were walking and it was slow going. i had a guy unclip right in front of me and i barely made it around him. but it was a fun experience!
    overall this was an epic year on RAGBRAI, for me at least!

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    It's tough little climb but not that big of a deal on the tandem. It's only a 380ft climb in just under a mile, I think that's an average climb of 7.5% (yeah I know it's got that steep section in the middle). You guys need to get out of the flatlands a little. I didn't make it to RAGBRAI this year but I heard about everyone walking that hill. Just trying to get around all the walkers sounded like a PITA. The problem is that 7000 of the 10000 people who ride RAGBRAI only ride their bikes once a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    It's tough little climb but not that big of a deal on the tandem. It's only a 380ft climb in just under a mile, I think that's an average climb of 7.5% (yeah I know it's got that steep section in the middle). You guys need to get out of the flatlands a little.
    So, on RAAM do the riders on Wolf Creek Pass awe their RAAM compatriots by announcing, "That was nothing.... I've done... [pause for effect]...Potter Hill !"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
    So, on RAAM do the riders on Wolf Creek Pass awe their RAAM compatriots by announcing, "That was nothing.... I've done... [pause for effect]...Potter Hill !"?
    Absolutely! I suppose it's a "perspective" thing. I love riding RAGBRAI but most people who do RAGBRAI are not more than recreational cyclists and more often less than that. Therefore Potter Hill is very difficult for them and 2/3 (or more) of them were walking it. Someone had to have taken a picture of that!
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    Absolutely! I suppose it's a "perspective" thing. I love riding RAGBRAI but most people who do RAGBRAI are not more than recreational cyclists and more often less than that. Therefore Potter Hill is very difficult for them and 2/3 (or more) of them were walking it. Someone had to have taken a picture of that!
    Here's one, I must admit this looks steep, and it reputedly has a 16% grade, which will get your attention.


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    That middle section is pretty steep, someone else I was talking to got 19% on their GPS but it was only spike in his readings. His gps tends to be a bit optimistic.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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    i was among the hecklers at the top of the hill, welcoming the walker family reunion, among others. the female companion and i rode the blue streak up, without undue difficulty [avoiding sudden stoppers was the only issue]. you can see us [sue and me] and get a taste of the hill in this video from the new york times. yes, that was us who got married in clear lake. woo-hoo!

    give ragbrai a try some time...it's loads of fun.

    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/...9/ragbrai.html
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    owner of too many bikes to be included among the "unafflicted"

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    I travel to Iowa a good deal on business (location of parent company). I was there the week of RAGBRAI and my co-workers tried to persuade me to stay over the weekend and do the last two days of the ride. Their main enticement was the prospect of a "Naked Beer Slide". I passed since I'd been away from home for 9 days. I might try a few days next year, but no way my wife is camping so that eliminates the tandem.
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    If your wife won't camp, do what I did and bring a motorhome. Worked great. no sleeping on the wet ground when it rains and you have all the amenities of home.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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