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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 29 01:06 AM

July 29, 2010: RAGBRAI

Tour du France? Bah, what a waste.
All those guys peddling for days, getting all sweaty and surrounded by so many gawkers, press and officials, they don't see a damn thing.

Now RAGBRAI is what you need, boys and girls.

RAGBRAIŽ, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across IowaŽ, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state.
Heading into its 38th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

The route varies, but this year those guys could have seen where 8000 POWs were housed, the Surf, where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens played their last concert, and Rembrandts and Picassos at the Charles City Library, and the recreated bow of the USS Juneau which sank with the Sullivan Brothers.
Honestly, doesn't that beat gawkers/press/officials, hands down?


Gravdigr  Thursday Jul 29 05:17 AM

My knees hurt.

SPUCK  Thursday Jul 29 06:09 AM

My ass hurts.

Trilby  Thursday Jul 29 07:13 AM


nil_orally  Thursday Jul 29 09:29 AM

Spuck, I would normally say you are leading with your chin, but I am not sure that is the correct anatomical reference here.

Cueing Sheldon in 5...4...3...2...

Lamplighter  Thursday Jul 29 10:23 AM

... and the course is a perfectly straight line all the way

Happy Monkey  Thursday Jul 29 10:32 AM

Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
My ass hurts.
A friend of mine is going a bit further.

Sheldonrs  Thursday Jul 29 10:46 AM

Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
My ass hurts.
I warned you. And that was just from the rimming!

Happy Nil? :-)

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 29 12:10 PM

Originally Posted by Lamplighter View Post
... and the course is a perfectly straight line all the way
Nope, but it did have only 14,527 feet of climb this year.

Lamplighter  Thursday Jul 29 12:45 PM

I have a real fondness for Iowa... but in Iowa, 14K gain in elevation also means 14K down hill.

One visual memory I have is from a business trip to the U of I.
A student was wearing a sweat shirt emblazened with "Iowa Mountaineers" !
I thought it was a joke until my family and I were backpacking in the Canadian Rockies,
and we came upon a group of I.M.'s doing a climb.
My naivete changed to respect.

Check out the Chronology in this link.

wolf  Thursday Jul 29 01:55 PM

Did they work in outer space?

glatt  Friday Jul 30 09:58 AM

Just found out one of my friends and her kids are doing one leg of RAGBRAI today during their vacation trip to the midwest.

Yellow #5  Monday Aug 2 09:54 AM

Lamplighter - Unfortunately, that 14k down only gets you the speed to coast about 1k up. The rest is up to you.

I happen to live in this year's starting point. I have never seen so many bike racks in all my life, and people were camped everywhere. Kind of makes me want to get back into shape and give it a go myself some year.

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