Instead of competing head to head, the IR could go on the week right after RAGBRAI and ride back to RAGBRAI’s start town. They could call doing both “The Iowa Double Cross” with a special patch for all who did both in 1 year. That way the 2 rides could complement each other instead of battling each other. Maybe some different pass-through and overnight towns on the return trip for some variety. Some riders would love 2 weeks of riding instead of one. Or people who couldn’t make RAGBRAI might get the following week off to do the IR.