I wonder if the “soon-to-be-revived” JGB podcast will be the same format featuring IBC co-hosting with RAGBRAI. If memory serves, the last time we tuned in, Mark Wyatt and TJ were openly encouraging us to jump ship from RAGBRAI and sign up for this new vanity project which is soon to be bankrupt.
That was a respectable mea culpa from Andrea. I…[Read more]
Easy to say this in hindsight but it really doesn’t match the mood and sentiments of this forum a couple of months ago. Not everyone thought that DMR/Gannett was committed to assembling a competent team and that TJ could be easily replaced, and that a new team could pull off designing a route in a matter of a few months.
Anger was rooted in TJ’s obvious intention to steal RAGBRAI at the beginning. Now TJ appears to have conceded and IR will be going east to west and staying in towns of 5k or less. Sounds pathetic and offers nothing that can’t be replicated in plenty of other rides across the country. I’d be surprised if it is still a thing in ten years, and if…[Read more]
Well there are a plethora of tough canyons out here, but honestly from what I can tell RTR has softened quite a bit the last few years. I’ve heard ridership has dropped off and looking at past rides there were much tougher climb days than they had this year. Honestly I felt more spent after the 125 mile RAGBRAI century day than any of the RTR…[Read more]
I’m in Utah so I can handle the altitude, and I did Ride the Rockies last year. Wasn’t too hard for me. Triple Bypass would be a nice challenge and it would make the drive out to Iowa a lot less painful.
I’m still on the fence. Really don’t want to support TJ’s vanity project, but I do like the idea of eliminating the logistical headaches of a one-way ride. I also was considering doing Triple Bypass on 7/12 and the timing of starting a loop mid-week would line up perfectly.
The more interesting question to me is if RAGBRAI really wants to…[Read more]
I do enjoy a smaller ride but not going to travel from a different time zone to do it when I can just do Ride the Rockies. The market for IR figures to be riders who have done multiple RAGBRAIs already, but at the same time if they choose towns that have hosted RAGBRAI several times in recent decades the appeal as you mentioned becomes even less…[Read more]
As the upstart, IR needs an avalanche of publicity, positive buzz, and marketing to compete with the big kahuna, in addition to the challenges of the logistics of a new ride. That’s what makes the lack of updates over the last few weeks puzzling, if not telling. Initially, there was a lot of hype about the release of the route in November.…[Read more]