This is great news! To be clear IR will still be competing with RAGBRAI but now it will compete in a way that is both fair and in the long run leaves room for both rides to grow without straining Iowa’s resources. It will offer those who always wanted an east to west ride to have that. And it will let those few (or many) who dreamed of doing a two…[Read more]
Well, this is great news! With this change I can wish TJ and his team great success, next year and in the future. I am still 100% committed to RAGBRAI next year but in the future I could do part of each or, since I will retire in a couple of years at the most, both! Just let me be the one to break that news to my wife … but after a couple of…[Read more]
I don’t claim to know how RAGBRAI distributed funds to charitable causes. I do know that if there are any questions about how this has been done during the last 16 years any improprieties were on TJ’s watch. He has as much to answer about them as the REGISTER and probably more since he was in charge of that portion of the Register’s operations.…[Read more]
Jose, if we should bump into each other next summer then by all means let’s have a beverage together! The rest of you are welcome to join us. I was raised by Baptists so I do not have much of a taste for alcohol and when I do I favor cider over beer. But cider and beer drinkers can get along just fine together.
Joseph, I was not singling you out for bad behavior, that comment was directed at everyone. I think that you are just asking questions that interest you and posting information relevant to the situation. Neither you nor Amanda are troublemakers, as far as I can tell. But there have been a few here who have posted in other threads and who have made…[Read more]
Joseph, I do not envy your position, I hope it all works out well for you and your team.
There have been people who have registered for IR and who have come here to cause as much trouble as they can. Amanda has not been one of them. People need to make their own decisions about the two rides for their own reasons and no one has to answer to…[Read more]
I reported my registration glitch to RAGBRAI and from their response it does not sound like it is a general problem. They offered to let me phone in so they could walk me through it but I am an engineer, I don’t need anyone to hold my hand and I don’t read no stinking manuals! So, I just closed the browser tab that was hung up at the waiver step…[Read more]
I just signed up for RAGBRAI XLVIII! Or at least I have tried to, got as far as the sign the waiver step and I am seeing a stream of dots chasing each other around in a circle ad infinitum. I suppose they will fix that soon enough and I will be in.
The latest newsletter from PBV says that they are hearing that the ink is drying on an employment…[Read more]
I am sure that putting on a new and independent bicycle ride across Iowa is proving to be more difficult than TJ imagined. It could be that he is just too busy to update his FAQ. It could be that the rumors of third parties lobbying for a reconciliation are bearing fruit and he doesn’t want to say anything until that all plays out to its…[Read more]
Late last week I wrote to Anne Lawrie to report the spam thread about children’s books. I got a reply this morning and she assured me that it would be taken care of once they get some more important things done. It is not the worst spam thread I have ever seen, it can wait. But that is not really why I am writing this. She also mentioned that…[Read more]
The option to have the two rides share the same route next year is the best option for all involved, in my opinion. It produces the least disruption to everything and it will maintain the feel of RAGBRAI’s past for the most part. It would also give everyone an extra year to work out the best options going forward. The new RAGBRAI director should…[Read more]
TJ’s story is preposterous. He bends over backwards to explain how what he has done and is doing does not mean what it seems to mean. But the sheer number of facts that point to him being someone who has become possessive of RAGBRAI over the years and has been looking for an excuse to pull the trigger on a takeover plan is too compelling to…[Read more]
I can see the FAQ on the IR site. The section about the ISP is accurately quoted above and it says nothing about your question. The ISP has not said that they will not support IR is all it says. That leaves the question of what they will do completely open. I assume that if they have said that they are committed to supporting IR then that…[Read more]
I don’t think that the number of riders affects how many officers it takes to control traffic on the route each day. Two routes will generally mean twice the number of officers. There could be a lower cutoff for ISP involvement however. I’ve seen rides up to 1500 people in Illinois that had no police help whatsoever. Not local, not county, not…[Read more]
RAGBRAI isn’t a Left ride, it isn’t a Right ride (although it does have the slogan Ride Right, hmmmm), RAGBRAI is Iowa’s ride. Always has been, always will be. RAGBRAI is Iowa’s ride for everyone. I don’t know who Iowa’s Ride is for but its representatives here are not leaving a good impression of it and TJ isn’t doing much better.