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]
I don’t have an opinion on which one will succeed. I do think it is likely that only one will. The next most likely thing is that both fail. In last place, I think, is that both succeed. I’m hoping for a reconciliation of sorts. I think it is long past time for the ride to move out of the Register. They need the operational and “editorial”…[Read more]
This is the dead period on this forum, the interregnum between one year and the next. You can get an answer to any question at any time but when this place heats up again next January and especially as spring rolls around you will get more answers more quickly!
I don’t think most newbies have much trouble learning the ropes so don’t fret over…[Read more]
Aaron Calvin may need to go to church and get a lesson in removing the log from his own eye before complaining about the speck in someone else’s, but as a Christian I believe in redemption and giving everyone that chance. Everyone deserves the chance to repent and walk right from now on.
The age thing is a problem for almost every traditional leisure activity. They all struggle mightily to attract the young. Cycling is no different and I don’t believe it is a generational thing either. I loved cycling when I was young and abandoned it when I grew older. I did not rediscover it, or find out about RAGBRAI, until I was nearly 60.…[Read more]
Plans are uncertain at this point of course. As they firm up I will look at PBV. Their rates are a little too rich for my blood for the whole week but 2 or 3 days would be manageable and of course PBV is another RAGBRAI institution that would be nice to experience at least once! Transportation would not be an issue in my case.
It is just another silly tradition that helps make RAGBRAI RAGBRAI!
The last couple of years it had almost seemed to have died out. I was happy to see it return to some extent this year. I don’t know when the practice started or peaked or who was responsible since I only go back to 2012 but it was quite a popular “ritual” the first few years that I rode.
Next year might be a little different for me because my teammates probably all need to bail out for the last two or three days. I might end up using the Register baggage truck the last few days and sleeping in the general campground, something I have never done. Or I might see if the Riverbend Club/charter can accommodate me the last few days. I…[Read more]
I enjoyed the expo. It would be nice if it were a big cycling show but other venues get those and I don’t suppose we are enough to change that. They are geared more towards the reseller’s buyers than towards us anyway. It would be nice if nearby manufacturers would attend at least. HED was there, we had a nice long talk with them at their booth.…[Read more]
I don’t have any guesses about the route at this point and generally when I reach the point that I do they are all wrong anyway! But I have to think that Burlington would consider their chance to be an overnight town this year to be a success. It might not be a feature every year or next year but I suspect we will see that kind of a route again,…[Read more]