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RAGBRAI/Iowa’s Ride Info Session , December 1, 2019


By now you’ve heard about some changes coming to big bicycle events this summer. What do these changes mean for you and your bike friends? Join us on December 1 for a special opportunity to get informed and have all your questions answered by official representatives of RAGBRAI and Iowa’s Ride.

Noon – Doors open, beer and pizza sales start
1 PM – RAGBRAI presentation and Q&A (Anne Lawrie)
2:30 PM – Break
2:45 PM – Iowa’s Ride presentation and Q&A (TJ Juskiewicz)
4:15 PM – Have a beer with your team and discuss what you learned
6 PM – Event ends

No admission fee. Everyone is welcome.

40 Replies

Papa T, November 28, 2019 at 9:35 am

Any of my friends going? I would LOVE to but Mason City Is too far. Papa T expects a full report!


hnschipper, November 28, 2019 at 9:40 am

I find it odd that neither ride is promoting this event whatsoever. Do they not want people to come?


mootsman, November 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm

I think they are setting up the Octagon for an Annie/TJ match just before the beer starts flowing. It somehow involves bicycles so I’m not clear on what it is exactly.


Jose Medina, November 28, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I guess the question everybody has is
‘ Why ‘?


Sandaltan ., November 28, 2019 at 6:58 pm

“I guess the question everybody has is‘ Why ‘” Why what Jose? North Iowa Touring has sponsored, Fat Hill has agreed to host, RAGBRAI and Iowa’s Ride are guests and will attend.



Jose Medina, November 29, 2019 at 1:02 am

Yes , I agree. Why is TJ attending this meeting . Why didn’t he have a meeting arranged with Q and A before he decided to go out on his own and take his toys with him. Maybe we will find out how many have registered on his ride. Not much support with charters on his ride and riders have threaten to leave charters if they follow his ride. That is ‘why’.


Larry Klaaren, November 29, 2019 at 9:51 am

I think this is good for TJ at this point. He needs to push his product and rebuild PR with some people.
On the other hand, I don’t know what the Register can say that would be informative. They aren’t going to give out any information about host cities. Without that not much new can come out, other than how many have registered to date, which I would not comment on if I were them.
Unless they can announce a director, but this seems to be an unusual setting for that. I would think they will most likely do that through the newspaper.


Papa T, November 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

Hey! Com-on Man Why don’t we just wait and see what happens at the presentation rather than speculation??? I repeat “any of my rag friends going?”


Jose Medina, November 29, 2019 at 10:55 am

Yes , you are right. I can already hear a lot of ‘NO COMMENT’ at this meeting.There is no trust and why should there be. That is the ‘why’.


Sandaltan ., November 29, 2019 at 11:03 am

“On the other hand, I don’t know what the Register can say that would be informative.” Me neither Larry K., maybe the new ride director will show. It would not serve Gannett’s interests to decline the invitation and I believe considerable fence mending is in order by Gannett pertaining to their claims of charitable donations vs the actual donations reported.



Jose Medina, November 29, 2019 at 12:31 pm

I just hate to see my fellow riders drive long distances to hear a ‘ NO COMMENT ‘ session. We would like to see TJ’s non-profit’s spending as he was organizing his new ride too. When did the spending start for his new ride.It is only fair. Right ?


Joseph Schlau, November 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm

One thing for certain is an event like this is going to attract the media. The Gazette has been a regular reporter of events and seems to me to have a pro Iowa’s Ride presentation. The Des Moines Register will most certainly be there as well. Their feelings on the matter are obvious.

Between just the two media outlets should emerge further information and details valuable to teams, like mine, who are still sitting on the fence. Our board is to decide which ride to take in another week.

Someone from or loyal to each group will likely post a YouTube video. Hopefully one with quality sound of both the questions and answers and free of editorial comment.

One year ago, did anyone ever think a event like this resembling a town hall meeting or deposition was even possible?


Mike Murphy, November 29, 2019 at 8:44 pm

I don’t understand why Ragbrai is attending this. Iowa Ride will go away soon, not sure why they want to give them a forum to get some free attention. TJ has shown he is in trouble, he blinked first by changing the date and direction. Only way anyone can take those moves is he is desperate and trying to hang on. Quit giving him any attention, his 15 minutes of fame and attention is over.


Joseph Schlau, November 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

A large part of the recent criticism leveled at Ragbrai centered around questions on charitable donations and town funding.

This second wave of criticism started after the false outrage over Carson King fizzled and TJ’s trial balloons of reconciliation crashed.

Out came the surrogate IR spokesmen critics of Ragbrai like Dan McKay in the Channel 13 Investigative Report.

Anne Lawrie, in both public and team communications spoke of examining charitable and town funding and being more transparent on funding. Basically taking the initiative away from IR.

This meeting I trust will be the first steps in this direction.

Questions on TJ’s role in funding while Ragbrai director will probably be met with a no comment on advice of attorney just like 2 reporters received on prior stories.

TJ and the Iowa’s Ride will probably have at least 1 run. Other posters within this blog spoke of other cross Iowa rides that folded.

If you are looking to ride across Iowa, Ragbrai is the leader with international recognition. Anything else is just one of Iowa’s small Rides.


Papa T, November 30, 2019 at 6:50 am

I love you guys!


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