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It’s unfortunate to hear the official decision but it’s the right call to make. Glad to hear the route will carry over…I’m sure the overnight towns have a ton of planning already invested. So the training for next year begins; see you in 2021!
In football terminology, this is a “Hail Mary”…it’s an attempt for Iowa’s Ride to save face. The only way I could see this working is for the westernmost and easternmost towns for both rides to be the same. Otherwise, shuttling between for those attempting both would be a nightmare.
We were able to “rent” a bike for last year’s RAGBRAI from Bike World in Des Moines (the one on EP True Parkway). Technically, we didn’t “rent” it. They sold us a used bike for a day and we returned it minus a small fee. Long story…we lost a bike off our rack on I-70 in Missouri on our way to the start. They actually had a nice selection of bikes and were very accomodating. The only issue is it’s probably going to be out of your way unless you fly into Des Moines directly.
Simple solution…the two rides share the route. RAGBRAI gets the left side of the road and Iowa’s Ride gets the right side. The center line becomes a bikers Mason/Dixon line…
Seriously, this needs to get fixed pronto. Figure out a compromise and get back to ONE ride.
This is what they call “Iowa Stupid”…cyclists will wind up with two watered-down competing rides and will eventually ruin the whole concept.
Rick Springfield played Ottumwa the last southern swing…would have loved to have seen that show. The Spazmatics can play somewhere every year as far as I’m concerned!
Since T.J. promised a surprise tonight, here’s my uneducated guesses. Too late to enter them in the “Guess the Route” contest but what the heck!
I’m sure few if any are correct…
Not that I believe the route is heading north this year but I can’t imagine Fayette being an overnight town, having grown up in the area, unless Upper Iowa University was heavily involved. There’s just not enough there, other than the college, to support the ride. Another side note is that the hills are brutal in that area and would make for a long Saturday towards a likely finish at Guttenberg. West Union, eight miles north, or Oelwein, 20 miles south, would be better suited to handle the masses and are both due for return visits.
In defense of Pork Belly Ventures, the do provide the provide the services they advertise…no complaints about them because of that.
I would agree with the previous post…they’ve just become too big to be manageable. I used them last year and decided then and there to go with something different. Went with a team this time (Team Wimpy) and had a great experience!
A good compromise is a Shimano A530 SPD Sport pedal (you can order them from REI or get them through a bike store). They have the clipping mechanism on one side and are a flat platform on the other. I had the same reservations about clipping in at first, but they do make a difference; you just need to practice and anticipate your stops.
I may have interpreted it wrong…thought the number on the group profile was the tag#. E-mailed the group contact just now to see if we got in or not, beginning to wonder.
If you’re registered with a Team, you’ll need to check “My Group” instead of “My Profile”. Didn’t see my number at first until I checked there.
Had a glimmer of hope when I saw that Rick Springfield had booked a tour stop in Coralville for this summer, but unfortunately he’s playing there over the 4th of July.
Sent you an email expressing interest in your team.