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mootsman, June 16, 2020 at 6:25 pm
For those who sign up for Virtual RAGBRAI, let us know on this thread. I can think of plenty of virtual rides I can put on especially for $55 a pop. In fact I’ll offer discount, $50.
In terms of doing this I think people like Zwift have a huge head start on you but there could be room for an upstart competitor if you were serious enough and can get the financial backing. The reason that RAGBRAI can do it with relative ease is that they have a deep connection to many of us and can leverage our past experiences to make it worthwhile enough for some of us to pony up.
But when you are ready to put your plan out on the table I am willing to consider it!
From my perspective the virtual RAGBRAI registration gets me some SWAG, it gives me motivation to go out that week and do some extra riding which I now have to train for if I really mean to do a century, and it gives the RAGBRAI team some money to help pay salaries and expenses which I hope will help guarantee they will still be there when real RAGBRAI returns next year. The last is the biggest reason to participate, it is similar to what my family has been trying to do for the small businesses in our town through this crisis.
If RAGBRAI really wanted to develop a significant buzz about the ride here then they should have posted the information here as well as on Facebook, etc. It appears to be a fine ride and I appreciate the efforts of the RAGBRAI team to give us and Iowa some organized rides this year. I live in Illinois near Lake Michigan however and I’m a married man so I’m not sure that I want to spend my political capital, as it were, on a ride that is 280 miles away when there will be other rides much closer to home. I bet it will be a great ride for those of you who feel free to go to it.
TJ did a fine job as RAGBRAI director for 17 years. I’ve had several people tell me he is a man of honesty and integrity long before the events of last fall unfolded. Personally, I disagree strongly with what he did last fall. But, after the initial blow up and ill advised plans for Iowa’s Ride were announced he began to take steps to restructure it to give it the character it should have had from the beginning. He can never do for Dieter Drake the year long careful mentoring job that Greenie did for him now, he cannot make amends for that failure, but he deserves forgiveness from those he feels he needs it and the chance to redeem himself. I am confident that he will redeem himself. I think it was time for him to move on even though he had come to love Iowa during his time there. I’m glad to hear that he is moving on. I think he will do great things in Arizona.
I don’t know what the Drake family’s plans about moving may be. Dieter says he expects to become more acquainted with the Iowa cycling infrastructure and culture in the coming months. That does not necessarily mean he will move to Iowa. But he has a long, successful record of running rides in South America from his home in Colorado so I don’t think he needs to move to Iowa to be RAGBRAI director if he and the Register agree on that point. The Covid crisis put him in the horrible position of having to cancel his first RAGBRAI before he even had a chance to get it off to a proper start. But it has also trained all of us on how to work successfully from home. So, I think he can be a quite successful RAGBRAI director whether he moves to Iowa or not.
I wish both TJ and DD along with their families all the best as they begin their new endeavors!
I am sure the store is a temporary casualty of the CV-19 pandemic and will return when business as usual resumes. Andrea, Anne, and Dieter make fairly regular appearances on the Just Go Bike podcasts so it is worth tuning into them if you want to stay up to date. Parrot talk is back on the air and she is asking people to send in questions so go ahead and ask her about the store situation if you really want to know. There is supposed to be an announcement on the 15th of June about some kind of RAGBRAI related event. They did not give any details on the podcast but from the little they did say about it I am not expecting it to be a ride. But I could be wrong. There are recent interviews with Greenie’s daughter Joanie Green Mousel (#139) and Chuck Offenburger (#138) and if you go back to last year there is an episode called Remembering Greenie (#122) that is quite irony filled given what happened a few months later. So, some good stuff there if you are looking for RAGBRAI related news and views.
I’m glad to see that TJ is keeping his hand in the Iowa bicycle ride game. There are certainly other states that would welcome his leadership on rides but I suppose his heart is in Iowa now and it will be difficult to move him. It sounds like a good plan, it sounds like you will actually be riding with TJ in fact! That and the other changes to the ride will make it a lot more like the first few RAGBRAIs so it could be a chance to recreate history in a fashion. If it succeeds then I suppose that the ridership will grow and it will become more like the modern version of RAGBRAI so act now if a smaller ride suits you! If all goes to plan I will be retired by then but I fear I would still have trouble getting two weeks off in a row so I think I will miss this one. Maybe I could do the 2022 ride instead of RAGBRAI, that would have some scheduling advantages for my team. But, I will continue to do RAGBRAI mostly.
I want to do something and I may do a few day trips on my own. I am also looking over the late season organized rides which may or may not be able to go off as planned.
Some rides, even some fairly large ones, pick a host town or rest stop (in the case of single day rides) and have loops that start and end there. On multi-day rides the same basic concept might be used but with an overnight stop on some or every loop. If you would like to do a multi-day ride but don’t want to bag it that could be a useful model to follow. Pick a town with several nice ride opportunities in the area and a campsite or hotel in that town and just ride from there every day. You don’t have to carry your gear on your bike and you don’t have to find SAG drivers. Just ride.
I have done the same and have not received a response either. I recently emailed RAGBRAI a question and it took over a week to get a reply. That is not their normal response time and in their response they apologized and said they are swamped with email and other work right now. I have to say that I believe them and I am willing to be patient.
BTW, I decided to transfer my registration to next year, if anyone cares.
I’ve been looking at all the data that I can find and I have reached the conclusion that there is no scientific consensus about anything related to this virus right now.
This opinion has not been peer-reviewed.
I originally made some noise about doing the ride anyway but we know a lot more now than we did then and I am no longer interested in this notion. If you live in Iowa and you comply with Iowa’s restrictions and the overnight town regulations then be my guest. I don’t think Iowa needs a big influx of outsiders right now however and I am not a resident so I am not going to make any plans based on assumptions about the situation in Iowa at the end of July.
I believe that RAGBRAI has hinted at holding a weekend ride in the fall and PBV may also try to hold one. I will keep an eye on those options. If they come to pass and if Iowa feels comfortable with non-residents coming in for them I would consider them. There are riding options in Illinois too and I will keep an eye on them as well. It’s anyone’s guess if any of them will come to pass.
Iowa’s Ride has now canceled too. A ball of RNA, protein, and grease is wrecking so many lives directly and through collateral damage. Keep safe my friends. I hope to see you all in 2021.
Not everyone uses a charter and not everyone has no need for the stimulus check. If you and your family need it, keep it, that is what it is for. But if you are able to give it away to people who do need it, consider doing that too. LawnchairMan’s idea is excellent but if you don’t use a charter there are plenty of charities that can get help to those who need it. My wife and I want to do that but so far we have seen no sign of it!
I, regrettably, am becoming a fat bike rider in the one sense but not the other. My bike can run tires up to, perhaps, 2.5 inches, maybe 3 depending on the tread and casing profile. So, I can’t help you from direct experience. However, to me it seems like your riding goals will be well served by 4 or 4.8. I think the main benefits of the wider tire come when you ride on the surfaces you say you don’t want to ride on and that even then 4 is pretty good. Wider tires are a big help in dealing with imperfect paved road surfaces and that is why I run tires wider than most people here would run. A 4 inch tire would be even better but the bikes that will take them and that have all the other features that I wanted the last time I bought a new bike cost more than I was willing to pay so I “settled” for 2+.
I guess I would suggest that you look at the tires that are available in those two widths. Do both offer tire types that you like? How do the prices compare? If you don’t have anything that is driving you to one or the other and if no one else can give you one then factors like that might make a good way to decide between them.
Luckily I now have an extra 12 months to work on that fat rider thing! It is good to see the silver linings in unwelcome decisions.
These are not normal times, these are times when we must give each other all the help that we can so that we can all get through this. Every night the evening news is awash with politicians spinning their stories and almost without exception I am unimpressed with all of them. The one exception is Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot. I am not a Chicagoan and I am not a Democrat. But she has been a beacon of wisdom in a dark, dark night. Then one day she decided to go against everything she has been preaching and get her hair done. And then she made a particularly lame defense of this when the story broke. She made a mistake. Big time. And I do not believe she has addressed it properly even now.
But I am still more impressed with her than with any of her peers. People make mistakes. We can forgive them.
The rider did not cancel his RAGBRAI plans. But, Bubba did not cancel them either. Nor did the Register. RAGBRAI has been delayed. Bubba has a contract with riders to provide services during RAGBRAI XLVIII and it sounds like he fully intends to honor that contract. But in these exceptional times the ride has been delayed by a year. It’s not Bubba’s doing. Bubba has a cancellation policy that was clearly stated in the beginning and which the rider signed off on. Now the rider wants to cancel his contract and Bubba wants to hold him to his agreement. This is all above board, neither the rider nor Bubba is doing anything wrong. But the rider is complaining about something he has no right to complain about.
Bubba’s policy is different from those adopted by other charters. They may all be different from each other for all I know. But it is fair. Could it be different? Sure, and maybe he will change it in the wake of all this complaining. But I think you are being unfair to Bubba. If you want to speak up on behalf of this rider, who may desperately need these funds during this crisis, then do so without trashing Bubba. And remember this: Bubba is a person who is suffering now too and Bubba has employees who will suffer during this crisis. Bubba wants to do all he can to to help them, I would imagine. Keeping your reservation on file with Bubba and letting him hold your funds will help him and his employees weather this storm. So do that, if you can.
For the sake of those who cannot afford to do that right now I hope that Bubba will adjust his cancellation policy. But I am asking him to consider that, not demanding that he do so or threatening him in any way if he does not.
For the record I do not know Bubba and he does not know me. He is not paying me to say any of this and I have not run it past him in advance, he is reading it here for the first time just like the rest of you. I have never done business with him but I certainly would consider doing business with him in the future. These are difficult times and I am just making some suggestions about how we can ALL cooperate to get through them together.
The Princess is right, as usual. When I checked early yesterday morning it was 89 days and change. After the announcement it was reset to 460 days. Surely that is higher than it has ever been before. 😭
I haven’t done any of those but it sounds like some others here have!
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