Forums are super easy. There are lots of free options available. I put one out for a bike club. Took all of 30 minutes to create and put a link to off of the club’s webpage. And TJ already knows how to administer one well. But the IR FB page has been very quiet also. No one seems to be marketing IR much currently.
Just read the PBV newsletter and the inside info they have is very good news for RAGBRAI. Sounds like RAGBRAI will be as good as ever. And after this first year some new blood with new ideas could be just what RAGBRAI needed.
Not sure 2 on the same route would work for IR as it reduces it to the same status as a RAGBRAI charter. RAGBRAI would still require riders to register for it on the RAGBRAI route. And riders using the other rides services would be a headache.
There might be an opening yet from a 3rd party. If the ISP says no to 2 rides at once, it could force the issue. Sure TJ has his ISP contacts but now that everyone knows what’s going on the DMR I’m sure has their contacts getting involved now also.
I think this could still be a good, friendly split if the following happen:
1) IR does not go on the same week as RAGBRAI.
2) IR serves as a “RAGBRAI Return Ride” or the “Iowa Double Cross”. They would work together then to achieve this. IR would follow RAGBRAI and riders would ride back to the start town.
3) Whoever currently owns the 3 RAGBRAI…[Read more]
My thought too Jill. A slightly different route with different towns as much as possible. But a shorter more direct route maybe since its the 2nd week. And forget about extra loops like the gravel and Karras. Or maybe a “Don Kaul Memorial” loop that doesn’t have to make it a 100 mile day but concentrates on some special attraction.
You’re looking at the negatives from both sides. Both sides do have points in their favor but really as you said, TJ is the one forcing the split. We all are limited on what we can say by our corporate employers in some cases so it just seems like an excuse for trying to replace RAGBRAI with his own ride.
Missed the point of the post which is what is the latest from the ISP on supporting IR. We can see its just what was already noted by the ISP, no contact from or commitment to IR ride yet. Personal opinions on how to support IR with law enforcement, just so much blah blah blah…
I was thinking along those lines since it may be a default in the browser I’m using. It changed on its own anyway once I went through the FB link. Usually that option would download the html again if the date on the html file changed. But it didn’t in this case. But it was something on my end.
Weird how you can get to the actual FAQs from IR FB post but not from their actual website. So this just basically confirms that the most official thing so far is what I had read also, #1 from my original post. And 2 & 3 might just be so much baloney. It makes sense that the ISP would have to do some analysis first to see if they could support…[Read more]