In the thread about guessing the route, Chris stated
“We could also visit Indianola, the home of the most famous rider in RAGBRAI I: Clarence Pickard. We’ll see next week.”
While I will not argue the statement that Clarence Pickard became the most well-known rider of that inaugural tour, here’s an interesting question to provoke some discussion during these bleak grey winter months…..
In the almost fifty year history of RAGBRAI there have been a lot of people who have swung their leg across the bike and pedaled across the state — celebrities and politicians, professional athletes who were “slumming”, and ordinary riders who somehow became as much a part of RAGBRAI as the Kybos and the ISP.
So the thread is open. Who do *YOU* feel is the most famous rider in the history of RAGBRAI? And to clarify; I don’t mean someone who *WAS* famous and then rode RAGBRAI (sorry, Lance), or rode RAGBRAI and later achieved fame elsewhere. I’m talking about someone who has achieved his or her fame *BECAUSE* they rode RAGBRAI — as Clarence Pickard did.
And to start the ball rolling, I’ll toss out a couple of names to keep Clarence company. They will need no introduction; everybody knows them; and their history and palmares can be found elsewhere if it is necessary.
1) Grandpa RAGBRAI himself, Mr. John Karras
2) He of the striped socks, Mr. Carter LeBeau of the QCBC (RIP).
3) Iowa’s own ultra-distance cyclist, Dr. Bob Breedlove (also RIP).