The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

I GOT IT!!  I GOT IT!!  I GOT IT!!  I GOT IT!!  I GOT IT!!

As most of you know, I am a long-time RAGBRAI veteran.  My first time was back in 1978 (RAGBRAI VI).  And I have mentioned on several occasions that it was a video I saw in the summer of 1977 that documented the 1976 edition of RAGBRAI that finally got me off my duff and actively figuring out how to get onto the ride.

I have also been engaged in an ongoing — and so far fruitless — search for a copy of said documentary.

Well, about a week ago an ex-library VHS copy of this documentary turned up on eBay.  According to the description, it appears to be a non-professional copy of the documentary, possibly done by the library in question, and jibes with everything else I remember about the documentary in question except for the run-time — it’s given as a half-hour, and I would have sworn it was a full hour.  The description also stated that as far as the lister knew “this videotape might be the only private copy in existence of this 1977 documentary broadcast” — so of course I put a bid on it immediately.

I then immediately clammed up, not even mentioning it here.  After all, I didn’t need any of you guys bidding against me for it 😉 !!

The auction ended about a half-hour ago.  I was online for the last ten minutes of it.  Someone, I don’t know who, tried to overbid me for it with about fifteen minutes to go, but my maximum bid held up AND I WON IT!!!!  YEEEEE-HAAA!!!!

I’ve already sent the payment off to the seller in Iowa City, and will be planning a viewing session as soon as this thing is in my hot little hands.  I will then see about having it transferred to a DVD for preservation….and at that point (although I make no promises) may try to find some way to host it on a homepage so that this historic artifact is once again available to the cycling community.

-“BB”-

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Sandaltan, August 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Next week we gonna convoy to Beebs place!!! I will bring the popcorn. I can’t wait, cheese curds, brats, and the local beers!!!

RIDE RIGHT

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Michrider !!!, August 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Sandaltan: Next week we gonna convoy to Beebs place!!! I will bring the popcorn. I can’t wait, cheese curds, brats, and the local beers!!!

I’ll bring the Budweiser and a Big Ass Chunk of Kurb!!!!

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Davy Sprocket, August 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Congrats BB! Enjoy. Enjoy and Enjoy!

See ya next year.

Davy

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Sandaltan, August 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Beebs: Will there be camping in your yard the night before the big show??? Can you arrange a tour of the “World’s Largest Six Pack”? I haven’t seen it for years, decades even. Maybe combine the event with Octoberfest????

RIDE RIGHT

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Ragbrai Nation, August 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

City Brewing Company… formerly G. Heilaman Brewing Co., once the 6th-largest brewer in America, now a made-to-order brewery designed to brew receipes that other brewers have a hard time making voluume quotas. With that, of course (obviously), they don’t make too many craft beers -ha but what the hey, I’d love to tour them again, too, Sandaltan. Party at Beebs! 😛

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“Bicycle Bill”, August 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm

The video arrived last Monday.  I had a couple of irons in the fire that needed to be dealt with, so I didn’t get a chance to look at it until earlier this evening.
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-“BB”-

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“Bicycle Bill”, August 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

The video arrived last Monday. I had a couple of irons in the fire that needed to be dealt with, so I didn’t get a chance to look at it until earlier this evening.
happy dance
<span style=”font-size: xx-large;”><span style=”font-family: Verdana;”>THIS IS ME DOING MY HAPPY DANCE!!!</span></span>

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“Bicycle Bill”, August 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

This forum really needs a way of previewing/editing/deleting posts!!!

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