As Emmetsburg prepares to host RAGBRAI for an overnight stay July 21, here are some thoughts about the annual event, compiled by veteran riders Greg and Steven Hoyman.These "RAGBRAI?Moments" are intended to give people some insight into RAGBRAI and what goes on behind the scenes.
The RABGRAI route is almost all on county roads. Sometimes it will be on state highways, but usually only for a short distance. These county roads vary greatly in quality and that makes a great difference to bikers that are very sensitive to road conditions. The narrow tires on some of the bikes can drop in a crack and put a biker down on their face in no time. Most RAGBRAI riders are very aware and watch for these cracks. The riders that are getting on for a short distance often are unaware of this problem.