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RAGBRAI(12 posts)

Feb 15, 2002 8:23 AM
Would it make more sense to do RAGBRAI over the AIDS ride? Any other organized rides would anyone recommend?
re: RAGBRAIpmf1
Feb 15, 2002 8:45 AM
There are a ton of organized bike tours out there. I've done Pedal Pennsylvania, Ride the Rockies and Bike Virginia. There are also ride across Maryland (Cycle Across Maryland) and Maine that I've heard are good. These types of tours are usually 60-80 miles per day for a week and involve either camping out, stays in dorms, or hotels. You can also go the commercial route and look at all kinds of options.

RAGBRAI sounds like a fun ride, but it is very different from an AIDS ride. On the AIDS ride, everything is arranged, catered and provided. This is just the opposite on RAGBRAI where you buy your food, arrange your support and accomodations. The rides I mentioned above are in between these extremes.

Surf the web and do some research.
re: RAGBRAIColnagoFE
Feb 15, 2002 10:15 AM
Better get used to cold showers in a car wash if you go on Ragbrai.
I only go first classpmf1
Feb 15, 2002 10:25 AM
Well, guess RAGBRAI is out then. The PA tour housed us in dorm rooms. I paid extra not to have a roomate. The VA and CO rides were camping with optional hotel. The wife and I were hotel all the way. After riding all day, its well worth it. Especially the VA ride, where it "cooled" down to the high 80's at night. Its the best money I ever spent.

Camping may be "part of the experience" for some, but not me. I was a poor grad student long enough.
Good for you, Posh BoyMisJG
Feb 15, 2002 12:15 PM
Some of us can't afford to go first class. RAGBRAI is the most fun you will ever have cycling for a week. If you want to go first class on RAGBRAI, get yourself a Winnebego or the like. You can have your own private house on wheels with a hot shower and a soft bed and you can run the air-conditioning all night. For the rest of us, a cold shower after 80 miles in 80+ degree temps feels pretty good. RAGBRAI has something for everyone. There's the miles for those who want to ride every day (you can skip a day if it's too much. drive the winn that day to the next town). There's the parties for those who just want to do that (we had one guy who just drove all week, allowing the rest of us to ride the whole week). And you can do anything in between. Lot's of families on RAGBRAI too. It's a great time and a great ride, I just wish I could do it every year. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way (wife, kid, bills) and I can't. I don't have your unlimited funds.
I'm SorryMisJG
Feb 15, 2002 12:21 PM
I just re-read my post and wanted to appologise before anyone had the chance to flame me. I didn't mean to offend anyone and especially not pmf1. If you have the money to do what you want then more power to you. I let my judgement get clouded and posted my rant. Once again, I'm Sorry.
Wow ...pmf1
Feb 15, 2002 12:44 PM
That was nice, thanks. I was just trying to come up with a scathing reply, but now I don't have to. Thanks, hope you have a good weekend and that its warm enough for a spin where you live.

And I'm not as rich as you think I am. I wish I was though ...
ragbrai=party, aidsride=fundraising ride (nm)Fed Up
Feb 15, 2002 8:49 AM
re: RAGBRAIguido
Feb 15, 2002 12:05 PM
Fed Up is right about RAGBRAI being a party ride. Iowa is pretty flat, you've got a constant tailwind, and there's lots of free beer, some of it locally brewed. It ain't no race. Everybody just spins along from town to town, and eats lots of delicious food put out by the townsfolks. It's a cultural experience, one of the oldest rides in the country, and there aren't any quite like it. Well worth it, even if the sleeping accomodations are primitive.
Don't bet on the tailwind........STEELYeyed
Feb 15, 2002 1:27 PM
although the ride is from west to east,last year we had winds out of the southeast that whole week!
I am sure that what little hotel space there was this year was booked 10 minutes after the route was made public,as most of the overnight towns are under 20K population,I'm pumped this year as this will be my daughter's first RAGBRAI. Can't wait!
Cycle North CarolinaLone Gunman
Feb 15, 2002 6:18 PM
Did that ride the last 2 years. It is in the fall, second week of October, about 1000 riders, and has all the options from camping out to gym camping (too noisy for me) to hotels. Full meal plan, total cost is around $500 if you camped, got all meals and bus ticket back to start. Hot showers every night with the camping, shower trailers. Great weather and scenery.
re: RAGBRAIcydswipe
Feb 15, 2002 6:18 PM
RAGBRAI is an event that every cyclist should participate in at least once. Whatever your skill level. It is a bicycle enthusiasts dream week. You see it all. The food alone is worth the trip! However, the AIDS ride(s) do have a significant impact on awareness. I would do some local work for your AIDS contribution. Most hospitals have programs. RAGBRAI would be a great vacation. Either way, have fun and spin!!