Coker Touring

Hello all,

RAGBRAI is a cross state annual bicycle tour across Iowa. It is billed as the largest, longest, and oldest bicycle tour. I have ridden RAGBRAI for the last 6 years on my road bicycle and would have to say its my favorite week of the year.

This year several members of the Iowa State University Unicycle Club and I will be riding the route on Cokers. We will be riding with a team that carries your gear between stops.

I would like to invite any of unicyclist from the long distance unicycling community to join us this July. I have spoken with our team captain and he is more than willing to take on a few more members.

If you are interested you can view the ragbrai website at: http://www.ragbrai.org/

I am more than willing to answer any questions via email about this as well. email: gbarnes@iastate.edu

George,

Looking at the topo chart for the route, there look to be some wicked elevation changes:

http://www.ragbrai.org/chart.htm

How bad is it, realy?

Would there be pressure to pace the bikers? If so, what type of speeds have they done in years past? The longest leg is about 100 miles, to be done in no more than 12 hours (6am-6pm)- with a realistic pace (10-11 mph) this is do-able for me- if on relatively flat ground. Hills…yikes!

Also, what sort of expences should we expect to pay out to the club, in additon to the regular RAGBRAI fees? I noticed there was a lottery system for getting a spot- does your club already have a set number reserved? If so, how many are you going to be able to swing for Cokers?

Thanx for the offer,

Christopher

Oh, if the route is up North next time, It won’t be as hilly. It’s pretty
flat up North until you get to Eastern Iowa.

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George,

Looking at the topo chart for the route, there look to be some wicked
elevation changes:

http://www.ragbrai.org/chart.htm

How bad is it, realy?

Thanx for the offer,

Christopher


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>>Looking at the topo chart for the route, there look to be some wicked elevation changes:
http://www.ragbrai.org/chart.htm
How bad is it, really?

Last year was pretty rough for some of the riders, I think it was the 2nd hardest RAGBRAI ever if memory serves. I would not expect next year to be as challenging. If it is, there is always the option of riding the team bus for a day to rest up. Additionally, if you become to tired on the route, you can catch the “SAG wagon” into town.

>>Would there be pressure to pace the bikers? If so, what type of speeds have they done in years past? The longest leg is about 100 miles, to be done in no more than 12 hours (6am-6pm)- with a realistic pace (10-11 mph) this is do-able for me- if on relatively flat ground. Hills…yikes!

When I’m on my road bike I like to push it, I’d say I average 17-20+ mph on normal days. There are thousands upon thousands of riders that do RAGBRAI, and many of them ride at around 10 miles per hour. I rode my 24” uni a bit on last years route, and I could keep up with some of the riders on hills.

There are people that start well before sunrise and others that are still coming in after dark. There is a steady stream of bikes, no matter what time you’re on the road. Every town has more good food than you can imagine so there’s really no hurry to get anywhere. It is possible to start early, and take several long stops to enjoy all the towns to break up the long days.

>>Also, what sort of expences should we expect to pay out to the club, in additon to the regular RAGBRAI fees? I noticed there was a lottery system for getting a spot- does your club already have a set number reserved? If so, how many are you going to be able to swing for Cokers?

This subject is a bit controversial. I have bought “official rider passes” or whatever for the ride in the past. Honestly, if you’re on a team there’s not a big reason to do this. I didn’t pay for a pass last year. The route is on public roads and I didn’t use any of the Register’s services, so I didn’t see the need. I would guess only half of the riders on RAGBRAI actually pay the money for a pass.

I paid around $125 to ride with the team. This covered gas and gear transportation between all the towns and back to my home. In addition to this there is really only the expense of food. We camp out when its nice, or sleep in the team bus if its raining.

Here is a link to Gilby’s logs for his Coker distance training:

http://www.gilby.com/unicycling/log/

Gilby: your comments would be apreciated!

A schedual for the Euro tour training is here (talk about progressive-aggressive!):

http://www.outtech.com/Unicycle/EUT/Training.htm

Better start training now…

Christopher

> Gilby: your comments would be apreciated!

What do you want to know?

Gilby,

Do the distances look reasonable to you? The pace looks heavyer than the Euro Tour, with hills. I can’t imagine sustaining that sort of level for a week. Maybe, with agressive training… still, joint stress… I don’t know. I guess I can’t know: just gota train and see where I am, then.

Christopher

iv’e read books that talked about RAGBRAI and it sounds like a big party on wheels,dont worry about it ,i’ve toured alot on bike and i know that,the hardest part of any tour is getting out of your house and down the road…

I would like to ride RAGBRAI on my Coker. There is a conflict, however. It’s the same time slot as NUC & UNICON…otherwise…
-Mark

there is no conflict,young Skywalker…your destiny is obvious

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This year’s route is out, and looks to be fairly easy. It’s relatively flat and all of the days are pretty short (relative to other years anyway).

http://www.ragbrai.org/detail-map-2002.htm

My club has a funding request in for 3 Cokers, and I have my own. So ideally there will be atleast 4 unicyclists on Cokers this year.

So again, I’d like to extend the invitation for any unicyclists to join my team this year for a unicycle tour across Iowa.