This will be my 6th RAGBRAI and my packets have never been this late. Checking my email inbox I can see that the latest I’ve ever received the “RAGBRAI PARTICIPANT PACKET” is June 16. I realize that 6 data points out of 60,000 aren’t statistically significant, but anecdotally I think it’s a bit disingenuous of RAGBRAI to claim that this is on track with previous years.
Perhaps they spent too much time putting out the fires caused by counties that were led to believe that banning rural vendors was “good for the counties – good for RAGBRAI”. Or maybe they want to put a damper on transferring wristbands by not giving people enough time. Or maybe it’s something totally innocent like having system or vendor problems. But without transparency we’re left to speculate. And as evidenced by this comment, not in a good way.