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RAGBRAI ???'sdmoller
Nov 21, 2001 7:35 AM
Thinking about signing up for next year's ride with a group here in Atlanta and am soliciting thoughts, comments, or whatever, good or bad, about this ride. This will be my first cross-state or multi-day ride. How are the crowds and organization? Plan to increase mileage in the near future, but longest ride so far has been a 70 miler, so what kind of training would anyone suggest beforehand? Thanks
re: RAGBRAI ???'smorey
Nov 21, 2001 7:48 AM
My wife and me have done this ride. Iowa is not flat but rolling. It is fun, well organized, the food is fabulous.
You must do it! If you are doing 150-200 miles/week you should have no problem. It is hot in Iowa that time of year.
re: RAGBRAI ???'smorey
Nov 21, 2001 7:50 AM
You will also see and hopefully buy from Mr. Pork Chop. It is greatttttttttt!
Uggghhh no Pork chops for meColnagoFE
Nov 18, 2001 3:05 AM
Talk about a lead weight in your gut....also the Toms turkey. I wait until I get closer to the end to eat something that heavy. Especially if it's super hot! And no beer for me until I get where I'm going. Too many squirrels on the road as it is without having your ability to ride impaired even further.
Don't you mean, "too many inebraited squirrels on the road..." (nm)Kristin
Nov 21, 2001 9:02 AM
re: RAGBRAI ???'sColnagoFE
Nov 21, 2001 8:55 AM
RAGBRAI is one big rolling party. Be prepared for headwinds and some hills in eastern Iowa. It's really not a very serious ride. Lots of stopping and eating and drinking. I saw some people riding this that you'd never suspect could ride a bike. 300+ pound heart attacks waiting to happen wearing overalls and swilling beer in 100+ degree Iowa heat...and the funny thing is that they seem to get to the end every day!
Nov 21, 2001 9:03 AM
And a 10000 person party rolling across the state. Older church women playing Kazoos and Spoons while singing and selling pieces of pie and cake. FUN. Cornfield bathrooms. Farmers out on the road cooling you down by spraying you with water hoses. Small road killed animals with Mardi Gras beads strung around them. Small towns that go all out to make you feel comfortable. The longest day, usually on wednesday, is 70 to 80 miles, with century and double century options. Most days are 50 to 60 miles. FUN. Did I mention the PORK CHOPS?
The best pork chops in the worldMKJ
Nov 21, 2001 2:11 PM
1 1/2 to 2 inches thick and grilled over corncobs. Mr pork chop sets up 10 to 15 miles from the days start. Great breakfast! Ragbrai is more about enjoying yourself than serious biking. The decorated road kill is a long tradition. Some teams have small stickers with their team name on them. I've seen road kill with beads and 10 stickers and some even dressed in doll clothes. Ragbrai is quite the experience!
As an Iowa cyclist............STEELYeyed
Nov 21, 2001 11:01 AM
its on my list of rides. Cycling,chating with people from all over the world,and fresh homemade pie is the order of the week,bring allot of money and expected to gain a pound or two. The ride is a well organized social event hosted by the Des Moines Register,you will see everything from racers in pacelines to 80 year old ladies on tricycles,a couple of years ago an Italian national team rode it,try to keep up with those guys and you find out exactly where you stand.
As a former Iowan who now cycles...Tami
Nov 21, 2001 9:12 PM
I grew up in Iowa but never rode Ragbrai. I have lived in the East for 10 years and got a bike this year so I finally could do the ride. My goal was going to be to eat a slice of pie in every town we passed through, which should be about 60 slices of pie on the week. Instead, I got into riding so much that I started racing and didn't want to take time out for a rolling party. I still hope to do it one of these years with the same goal -- pie in every town. If anyone wants to form a "pie" team, let me know!

To all of you Iowa Hawkeye fans out there, I feel your pain. I just finished listening to Iowa lose a heartbreaker over the internet. Sometimes it's better to not be able to see it on TV!
Most fun I've ever had on a bike!Birddog
Nov 21, 2001 9:47 PM
I did it last year and it was a blast. 490 miles and last year was hilliest on record. At the end of the week I had gained 2 lbs. I preferred the homemade pie out on the road made by the Amish,Church groups, or country moms. On the first day I inquired as to whether the crust on a particular pie had been made with lard or Crisco. I was just making conversation, but the lady said "why of course it was made with lard, I'd never dream of using Crisco, it wouldn't flake properly". That did it right then and there. From that point forward, I always asked if it was "Crisco or lard" and most often the answer was lard. I always passed on the Crisco. The best pie was always right near one of the many old one lung John Deere powered ice cream makers. You can't believe how good it is.

Ragbrai is part bike event, part Mardi Gras, part street fair, part food expo, and part carnival. At any given time you are part of this parade, but you can step out at any time and watch the proceedings, and then when you feel like it, get right back in. Keep a sharp eye out for a "beer slide" late in the day!
Most fun I've ever had on a bike!Tami
Nov 22, 2001 6:30 AM
Having grown up on this type of pie, you can understand why it provided incentive for me to get into cycling. I tell people that I became a cyclist so I can go to Iowa and eat 60 slices of pie over a week, and they think I'm joking but it's true!
Most fun I've ever had on a bike!Birddog
Nov 22, 2001 2:14 PM
I hadn't had such good pie since my mother died some 30 years ago. In many case you were able to talk to the person that actually rolled out the crust and baked the darned thing. You just can't get that or even close at Marie Callenders. I think they just loved it as my eyeballs rolled back in my head and I let loose with those orgasmic murmurs as I ate the pie.