RAGBRAI XLIV Countdown – July 24-30, 2016
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Legendary RAGBRAIer Steve is in Need of Some RAGBRAI Love

Dear RAGBRAI Nation:

Steve Van Deest of Waterloo is my favorite RAGBRAIer of all-time.

He courageously pushed himself to finish each day of RAGBRAI despite his many challenges.  I looked forward to seeing my friend Steve and his family each day.  No one ever passed him (yes, they would typically be riding pretty slow!) and wasn’t inspired by his determination.

He has been riding his “custom” hand-cycle tandem bike for many years on RAGBRAI with his loving sister Carla pedaling behind him.  Occasionally other family members would ride with him as well.  Steve hasn’t been on RAGBRAI (on his bike at least) for the past few years due to heath issues that have kept him away.  He admitted he would have not enjoyed the 105 degree temps last year!

Steve’s family contacted me about sharing his recent plight and asked me to spread the word to the many friends they have met over the years on RAGBRAI.

If you can share a word of encouragement for Steve or help him out, I know Steve and his family would appreciate hearing from his RAGBRAI family!


T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director










6 Responses on “Legendary RAGBRAIer Steve is in Need of Some RAGBRAI Love

Rex Winchell

May 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Bless you Steve Miss seeing you and your sister.God Bless keep the faith.

Tip Top

May 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I was wundering if I had just missed u on the road the last couple of years, get well soon and keep biking, You were right about last year it was hot out there


May 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hey, Steve!
We are Shawn’s parents, so we are keeping an eye on Rachael down here in Tennessee. (More like she keeps an eye on us….the “elderly folks”!) We met you at their wedding.
We are sending good wishes and blessings!
Rachael keeps us up to date on you!
Very best wishes and HUGS!!!!
Beverly and Dave : ) : )


May 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm


I have missed you the past couple of years. I have enjoyed riding with you and Carla. It takes a special person to ride RAGBRAI. You have to be someone who makes goals for himself and strives to reach them.

You are one such person, Steve, and I am proud to have had a chance to share the roads with you.

I hope things get better for you and we see you back on the road.

Leigh Zeitz

biaya kuliah

May 18, 2013 at 2:36 am

Let’s School..Go to school..
Ayo sekolah, mari kuliah… Keep spirit.. Semangat sob…

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May 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

Is the fire still going or have they got it under control ??????? To many friends live in Chadwick someone let me know please !!!

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