Just curious — has the original founder of RAGBRAI, John “Grandpa RAGBRAI” Karras, provided any input on this whole wrangaboo? Or is he taking the high road, staying mum, and steering clear of all of it?
Just want to mention that Carter LeBeau and the Quad Cities Bike Club tried something like this — a loop ride that lasted six or seven days — back in the 1980s or 1990s called “TOGIR” (The Other Great Iowa Ride).
TOGIR (rhymes with ogre) is the The Other Great Iowa Ride, a week long tour of eastern Iowa that goes from college to college where the…
Do you really think the DMR was going to fire TJ if he clarified this issue?
Has anybody from the Register ever clarified why Chuck Offenburger (who was one of the ride hosts back in the 1990s) was stripped of his “Iowa Boy” column and dismissed from his position with the Register? And how about the kerfluffle that resulted when a…[Read more]
I forgot about the connection between the League of Wisconsin Wheelmen and the Sentinel on the first ride…. I shouldn’t have, considering I was a member of the League of American Wheelmen and later be…[Read more]
The ride that will win will be the one that best captures the flavor of the original RAGBRAI as John Karras and Donald Kaul first approached it — “We’re going to ride our bikes across Iowa and write stories for the newspaper about it. If you want to tag along, fine; but the Register is doing this for US; you’re on your own.”
While Chris Cakes has been on RAGBRAI just about forever (I ran across them in Storm Lake on my first RAGBRAI in 1978, when Loren Christiansen was still the man with the magical pancake-flipping spatula) I thought they were pretty much an independent and private contractor, much like one of the bands hired to provide entertainment in a bar, hired…[Read more]
To answer Sandaltan re: the Wisconsin newspaper ride.
It was the Milwaukee Sentinel (back in the day when Milwaukee had TWO daily papers; the morning Milwaukee Sentinel and the afternoon Milwaukee Journal). At the time — 1975, if I remember correctly — they had a section of the paper called “Active Americans” which highlighted recreational activ…[Read more]
OK, after reading a couple of other articles (including a great one posted by the Cedar Rapids Gazette) I see this was not the Register’s call on this one…. but they *HAD* pretty much started it with the whole Carson King coverage; and when TJ showed signs of pushing back they effectively backed him and his crew into a corner, pretty much ‘ga…[Read more]
I’m suspecting that the Register has been looking for ways to get out of this, and seized upon this as a way to do so. I base this on the fact that while they still hold all the rights, assets, and intellectual property that is RAGBRAI (including the forum, etc), they have posted nothing to attempt to explain their actions and even gone so far a…[Read more]
I rode my first RAGBRAI (RAGBRAI VI) in 1978, and until 2000 I only missed one (I was in jail, but we won’t go into that one). In 2000 and 2001 I was expected to be at other functions during that same week, and by the time 2002 rolled around I had been forced to change jobs and didn’t have the free time any more. I also started to develop som…[Read more]