Only three charters have stated which ride they will support at this time. There are several other charters that are in a “wait and see” mode and some of those are fully capable of creating their own ride on a different date if one of these two seems to be not working out.
This would be met with resistance by the towns. Businesses that can’t profit from RAGBRAI like car dealers, farm equipment shops, furniture stores, dress shops, etc, will just be quiet, give an extra paid day off to their workers, and close a day. Funeral homes just avoid having funerals that day. That is very expensive and they won’t want to do…[Read more]
I am not in favor of a ban, but E-bikes are free to legally ride the roads, so they could bandit. The only thing that I think could be done would be to enforce something like you have to have a wristband or bike band to use the RAGBRAI vendors, including food, bike, and apparel shops. This would make banditing a little more inconvenient. They…[Read more]
This is potentially a big problem, if everything is as stated. I am sure RAGBRAI is scouring the computers for any sign of working toward agreements that show up being enacted in Iowa’s Ride. This would be something that takes some time.
Or one group does all the organizing and route planning in one month or less (assuming they are honest in their remarks that they only recently began to work on this and did it all on their own time) . The other group takes three months to put together a ride and have some conversation with the town organizers and is able to do a more…[Read more]
There are other good rides out there. There are people with lots of experience directing other rides that might be interested in a well-resourced ride. Add a little salary enticement and an experienced crew could be here soon enough.
Does the Register make a profit? I was under the understanding that after expenses they turn the moneys back to the towns. And another valid question, what is the income that TJ and staff will be taking, and how does it compare to the income they had from RAGBRAI? Ain’t nothing simple about this.
I disagree. Working for someone while preparing a competing business is always unethical. I am sure the Register will explore if he failed to “lock-in” or make a deal with a sponsor or whatever during that time or if he began discussions with sponsors and cities about the 2020 ride while working for the Register and then they show up on Iowa’s…[Read more]
Wow! IMHO the podcast needs Andrea Parrot, and she seemed to be the one in the know about merchandise and that sort of thing. She was saying she had to manage something like 21 trucks the first and last day.