This. I’ve never really thought or cared about the DMR does with their profits for the ride. I’m a Californian, so I come to Iowa to enjoy the ride, but I’ve also assumed that the presence of 20,000 riders in small towns across the state is, in itself, a positive financial gain for the people of Iowa. If the DMR pockets proceeds, it probably…[Read more]
I come to Iowa as a card carrying left coast progressive and I know that many of the Iowans I meet each year have vastly different political views than I do. But for that one week every summer, all that goes out the window and we get to be people who like bikes, community, and pie. I worry this has been ruined.
As a Californian, this always strikes me as odd. I mean, I’ve done it, but it seems weird to travel to Iowa to eat Mexican food. I guess it’s better than 40 years ago when you couldn’t even find a taco in the Midwest…
This. Local Iowa politics don’t mean much to out-of-staters, and if they do, we can put them aside. I’ve ridden through Steve King’s district and the world didn’t end. Riding Ragbrai when you don’t support the Register will also not bring about the apocalypse.
Wow, you don’t like a lot of things about Ragbrai.
Is beaded roadkill even a thing? I’m not sure I remember even seeing any roadkill.
Ragbrai, as has often been said, is what you make it. We charter (PBV) because it makes the logistics of coming half way across the country easier; I have my favorites of the well-known vendors I’m sure to stop…[Read more]
I think something that gets lost is that there are lot of out of state riders and the King/DMR story doesn’t have a lot of national traction. I think I scanned through one article on Deadspin a few weeks ago, but didn’t connect it to the DMR or Ragbrai.
I only heard about TJ’s defection because someone sent me an article. Without that prompt, I…[Read more]
As soon as someone says “ALL PROCEEDS” from an event are going to charity, they are being disingenuous. He means net income, which if you have spent any time working with charities and non-profits can be a slippery thing, But I don’t see anywhere that TJ is running a charity or forming a 510 c3,so I assume he’s running a business. I also…[Read more]
So Pork Belly is staying and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition is apparently leaving. This is bad.
The Register has been stupid and tone deaf. TJ looks shortsighted and spiteful. Something great is being ruined and may never be whole again. I don’t know who to blame, but I suspect the answer is Shakespearean – “A pox on both your houses.”
All I can say is it would be nice for RAGBRAi to get the mileage right on the last day and to keep it under around 50 miles. A 65 -70 mile day to end means having to push to get finished. A little more leisure would be appreciated.
Supposedly (meaning I spent 2 minutes searching the internet) only 43% of the costs of roads come from gas and use taxes. So a lot of the cost is probably being offset by property, sales, and income taxes.
Gas taxes having been failing to cover the cost of car infrastructure, as improved mileage and electric vehicles erode the tax base.…[Read more]
Did she actually tell you to move over or did she say, “on your left”? “On your left,” “on your right,” or occasionally “up the middle” when people are riding two abreast in the middle of the road are just meant to signify you are passing on that side, not to move over.
Maybe we should start saying “passing hold your line”,,,