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My Proposal of Reconciliation

Let DMR continue the west-east route and TJ start a new east-west route. The two routes make an X shape and meet on Iowa State Fairgrounds on Wednesday. After the big brawl, each rider will have the choice of continuing the original route or turning back for the either East or West half of the X.

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Sunflower, October 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Tina Turner is a little old to play Auntie Entity. Who would be the master of ceremonies at the Thunderdome?


Sandaltan ., October 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm

I would prefer a beer summit to calm the swirling waters. But please….none of that Tailwind that was RAGBRAI’s 2019 beer, one was enough for me. And certainly not Busch Light which WAS my go-to ride beer before they kicked Carson King to the curb. For me a dark lager, New Belgium’s 1554 would be just dandy.

RIDE RIGHT Cardi B for the Auntie Entity role. Master of ceremonies I gotta think on, maybe Kanye.


Jboz, October 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm

I’m envisioning the iconic scene from Braveheart where the Irish and the Scottish meet at Falkirik.



Carl Anderson, October 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Well, not that anyone will listen but I will say it anyway.
The parent company should release the Ragbrai trademark so it can be made into a non-profit organization. Members of T.J team and members of the Register should be the temporary board members for this upcoming year only. Once it is up and running after next year’s ride, those riders would vote on new board members, once that is accomplished the board would hire a new director and staff. T.J and his team could not be the Director again it would be someone new also the Des Moines Register would not be a board member either.
This way it gets a new start without bad blood from any side.
But that is just my opinion.


Vu Phong, October 16, 2019 at 9:34 pm



Sunflower, October 17, 2019 at 12:12 am

That’s good brainstorming.


Sunflower, October 17, 2019 at 12:13 am

Kanye, or maybe Mike O’Hearn?


Sunflower, October 17, 2019 at 1:07 am

Carl, one issue with your proposal is that the community of experienced ride organizers in Iowa is fairly small and incestuous. To some extent I’m sure TJ and crew rely on the various stalwarts of that community so its a bit unrealistic to think you can make a totally clean break with the past.

Just thinking out loud.


Brian B., October 17, 2019 at 10:15 am


Great proposal!


Carl Anderson, October 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm

TJ was not from Iowa when he became Director. People please understand this country has travel agencies that do this for a living. And yes they put on world tours on bikes. The biggest and best well known is Back Roads Travel. Idon’t side with either as both sides handle the situation wrong in my opinion , but those of you that don’t think T.J can’t be replaced you are wrong. Any person in any business anywhere in the world can replaced and the business can survive. So don’t be fooled that TJ. Is the only one that can do his job. If a compromise can’t be done , which at this time I don’t think it can I would favor a travel touring agency to do weekly rides across Iowa with different routes every week during the spring, summer fall and yes winter. That way these smaller communities can make money and show case their towns. But this is my opinion. I was not going to do the ride until number 50, but do my own ride with my own family as support across Iowa so I can really enjoy the country side and the people. I am from a small town in iowa and care for the small community.


Sandaltan ., October 17, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Who would be the master of ceremonies at the Thunderdome?
Sunflower: I have settled on Woody Harrelson.
At to RAGBRAI 2020……….Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers have opted for Iowa’s Ride. Other charters will follow. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has endorsed Iowa’s Ride. Bike Iowa with no real dog in the hunt will be neutral. “Switzerland” he said.



wrj, October 17, 2019 at 7:26 pm

and here I thought this time of year on the ragbrai forum would be boring. How about make one ride totally human powered and one ride e-bikes? Then I wouldn’t have to deal with those other bastids, not choosing sides.


jelly0317, October 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm

Pork Belly Ventures and Chris Cakes are staying with RAGBRAI, according to a DMR article.


Cory Rood, October 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

[quote quote=1311995]Pork Belly Ventures and Chris Cakes are staying with RAGBRAI, according to a DMR article.[/quote]

Big deal about Chris Cakes, They only showed up for one day this year.


jelly0317, October 17, 2019 at 7:55 pm

Read the article: Chris Cakes’ owner was not happy with TJ’s leadership.


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