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.
TJ nuked the RAGBRAI nation last week, he no longer speaks for us. He is the one now spinning like a tornado in an attempt to explain the un-explainable, to justify the un-justifiable. If he represents the A team then I am proud to be a member of the B-team! I have no doubt that he is a fine man but he is not acting true to character when he does…[Read more]
Is it important to have only one ride? Yes and no. Two large rides in Iowa (and I assume that both will be “large”, it could be that neither will be after all this) in one week is a problem. Forcing them to both take the same route and use the same towns solves multiple problems that are created by two rides competing for services and…[Read more]
I think I made the same suggestion in another thread. Another advantage is that some people prefer a loop route and they could have that option by riding part of both rides as long as there was a good connection route between two towns near the middle. Taking separate routes for both rides would give more towns the chance to participate each year…[Read more]
The Register’s attempt to “gag” TJ was not inappropriate. Given the result it may have been inadvisable but it is entirely appropriate. No one who works for a medium to large corporation ever speaks for the corporation. Not during ordinary times and certainly not during exceptional times like the King affair produced. The corporation must have a…[Read more]
“The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.”
I think Kurt is right on the mark here. The TJ I though I knew seems to have gone missing and an impostor is running around Iowa in his place, ruining his reputation. This message needs to get to TJ. His friends need to tell him that he is going over to the dar…[Read more]
I have actually started looking at other rides. I am committed to RAGBRAI for as long as it runs. I hope there is a RAGBRAI L and I hope that it is spectacular! But if TJ’s ploy does manage to kill RAGBRAI I will not be joining him, ever. Bike Wisconsin offers a couple of loop rides and three linear rides. They all look interesting, none of them…[Read more]
RAGBRAI is not about the Register’s politics or editorial stances for me and it never will be. For the record I HATE both! But I don’t hate the Register or my fellow human beings who agree with them. Disagreements over politics are the heart and soul of a democracy as is handling them in a manner that allows us to remain united in one society.…[Read more]
The Register’s politics do not bother me at all and I say that as someone who votes against them every chance he gets! RAGBRAI isn’t about politics, it’s a bike ride where people can ride with decent people of every political persuasion and have a grand time.
I will support RAGBRAI for as long as it exists and I am able to pedal up Iowa’s hills.…[Read more]
In that interview TJ says his ride will give more to charity than RAGBRAI did. I assume he means a larger percentage not more actual dollars since at this point he can’t know how much he will take in. That is good and noble but unless we are to go back to believing in Santa Claus the money to pay him and his staff and the ride expenses has to come…[Read more]
TJ may or may not have had a contract with the Register. He is the big fish to us riders but corporately speaking people at his level don’t commonly have contracts. It is usually only top tier managers that have been hired away from competitors that have contracts. But he may have had one and if he violated its terms he will have to face the…[Read more]
I am from out of state too but from right next door. I don’t have the same biases that an Iowan might have but let’s face it, none of us are completely free of bias as much as we like to imagine that we are.
I listened to the interview linked above and to one other that said little more than what was said in the email announcement. I don’t recall…[Read more]
I differ with some of the particulars above but I wholeheartedly agree that we riders should make an effort to get the two to reconcile. The Church is not well served by having two Popes, history will back me up on that! I have already written to both parties to urge them to reconcile in some fashion that results in a single ride. I urge the rest…[Read more]
I am not stating that TJ has acted unethically. There is no way that I can know that he did or did not. I am saying that the circumstances of his departure and announcement of a competing ride most probably allow the Register to file a lawsuit against him. A lawsuit which could impact his ability to host a ride next year for several reasons. Or…[Read more]
The more I think about this the less impressed I am with how TJ handled this. Originally I was mildly in his camp, now I am leaning the other way. This is not the right way to go about things. There are also significant legal questions surrounding how he has put this together while still a Register employee. The Register can choose to pursue those…[Read more]
In short, I think the DMR can pull this off. There are just as many significant hurdles for TJ to clear in order for him to get his ride put together in time. There is also the issue that the DMR is doing nothing illegal if they use their own resources to put together an event they have hosted for decades. The same cannot be said with certainty…[Read more]