Bill Tourdot: I will send you a couple of empty Tailwind cans, I assume the Post Office may frown upon full ones. In the spirit of “Iowa Nice” and in penance for my crazed, raving commentaries in the great RAGBRAI-IR “debates” in November, there is no cost. Please send me your address through the website’s PM capabilities.
In 2019 a local microbrewery (Big Grove) “did” create a commemorative brew (called Tailwind) for the ride. The RAGBRAI logo was featured prominently on the can. They must have reached a sponsorship deal. Evidently, the Des Moines Register did not fear liability issues.
Personally, I did not like the taste very much but I did buy a 6-pack at…[Read more]
A ticket to any airport other than Omaha or Des Moines must cost a fortune from LAX, right? If you want to purchase a ticket soon I’d simply book Des Moines. As the largest urban area there are many options for charters to take you the rest of the way. Des Moines will always be located (roughly) halfway to the start town and, don’t forget,…[Read more]
Understanding the anger is easy: Many people are passionate about this ride and have individual, personal motivations why that is so. The fact that it exists was taken for granted until a month ago, but when threatened it’s understandable that people (a majority, to TJ’s surprise) were motivated to defend it. The Register did a dumb thing, but…[Read more]
The end town seems to separate us from a decent amount of money. The Friday before the ride my wife and I will usually spend $150 for a hotel, $55 for weeklong parking (which goes directly to the city) and $45 for dinner/ maybe a drink or two. So, that’s $250, more than I spend in any other town.
On the way out we may hit a couple of vendors…[Read more]
The nearly half century old RAGBRAI institution is going to collapse if it refuses to cow-tow to TJ and his merry band of 450 hard-core Iowa bike club members? It has to ask permission to tag along with his ride? Three quarters of the thousands of RAGBRAI registrants don’t even know there is some sort of controversy, or don’t care. Registration…[Read more]
Brancel Charters committed to RAGBRAI last night (Saturday) via a Facebook posting. The PBV newsletter was a bit incorrect stating Brancel had committed to the ride, they were still deciding. I’m not sure people will stay loyal to their charter company’s decision. After using Brancel four times, my wife and I were fully prepared to become…[Read more]
David C can speak for himself, but I believe he is talking about the original “RAGBRAI it’s just a name” post. It’s obvious that the post is advocating “Iowa’s ride” (who is run by an A+ team while Gannett PR “spins like a tornado”). If that’s Tony’s opinion, that’s fine, but David C is suggesting that it should be posted on an IR website…[Read more]
It’s amazing that, after many years of reading this forum, not once has anyone raised the issue that the Des Moines Register sponsors the RAGBRAI event (for 47 years) because they are money-grubbing greedy bastards. If anyone can find such a post, please point it out. I think most people have said “You know what, $175 to support this ride and…[Read more]
KenH is absolutely right, like all startups, it could take a while to show a “profit” that can be donated to charity. I think it would be wise for TJ to convey just what sort of dollars we are talking about. For example, if RAGBRAI’s current budget is $2.5 million does a typical year show an $85K surplus after expenses or a $1 million surplus?…[Read more]
The ISP has stated that they typically assign 18-20 officers to RAGBRAI, half paid by the by the taxpayers and half paid by RAGBRAI. It takes just as many officers for an 8,000 person ride as it does for an 18,000 person ride. Where is the ISP going to come up with 40 officers for two rides? Officers are just sitting in their patrol cars with…[Read more]