Since it seems that more and more people are attending RAGBRAI with the notion, “if I can’t finish the distance each day, so what? I’ll just use the SAG wagon.” RAGBRAI states:
“SAG wagons do not provide taxi service from campground to campground, nor should riders make a habit of using them. If you aren’t in condition to ride the distance, you should not come on the ride. “
So here’s my question: Should SAG service be free for anyone regardless of the reason they are using the service? After all the cost of the SAG service (gas, driver, vehicle) comes out of the fees paid by those who register. Why should people who make an effort to attend RAGBRAI ready to ride the distance have to foot the bill for folks who really never intended to ride the distance in the first place? And just to be clear, I’m not saying if you’re injured, or your bicycle breaks down, or you come up lame or sick, that you should not have SAG available. I’m talking about folks like the guy on my bus last year on the way across the state bragging about having ridden only 40 miles before the event. Needless to say he was using the SAG big time. Shouldn’t he have to pay for the haul? Thoughts?
See you on the road.