Jboz, I have done Northwoods a couple times, good ride, nearly …. well 100 feet …t-boned a black bear one day. The Little Stoker liked the Bon Ton Roulet, scenery is gorgeous but hills are huff-and-puff. The best part of Bon Ton is the wine, you can taste and buy and the sag will haul it for you until the end of the ride.
“If anyone from IR or IBC has any facts, (not the endless reconciliation/ride merger speculation), I would like to hear it.’ John, the ‘endless reconciliation/ride merger speculation’ you lament originates right here in this forum …. nowhere else. That endless conjecture is a disservice to RAGBRAI and the cyclists of Iowa. An out of state…[Read more]
“I am truly torn over “Ragbrai vs Iowa’s Ride”. Can Ragbrai pull everything together with a relatively new and inexperienced staff in such a short time? Can Iowa’s Ride overcome the typical start-up problems that a new venture encounters?” Mr. Woo, I think the hand-wringers are overwrought, there are people who can be hired that can run a bicycle…[Read more]
Fear not, those three rides will continue, they are not owned by Gannett. Bacoon had some 3,000 or so paid riders last year and was again successful. The newspaper will continue to promote the three rides and I believe the rides will continue to advertise themselves as “RAGBRAI Training Rides”. What may change for 2021 is the January route…[Read more]
“The new team could disclose any information it wants to release if it becomes necessary to convince riders, teams, and vendors that all is well.” That would be “lovely” but won’t happen Joseph. I would expect the communication reigns would be tighter. There will be changes, maybe those wishing for an east to west route, a couple hundred mile…[Read more]
Maybe if you call Bike World they could arrange the same deal as above, you buy and then sell back to Bike World at the end of the ride. I would expect you to give them a credit card for charges and they could bring the bikes to the start town. Also, they have a charter which may suit your needs.
“At some point, sooner I hope rather than later, Ragbrai will post their registration numbers projecting their estimated ridership for individuals and teams.” Will not happen Joseph. A trade secret, just like their profits on their ride. Gannett profits from RAGBRAI and profit is a scarce commodity in the newspaper business.
“From my experience if neither ride exceeds 1500 riders next year they will not need any help from the ISP. The ISP provides traffic control at key intersections. This is a safety issue because it prevents cyclists from getting impatient and doing something stupid when they cannot get through an intersection as quickly as they wish.” Ken H is…[Read more]
How many Iowa Highway Patrol would be required for a ride of say……..700? I have been on rides in several other states with that number and more and can’t remember seeing a significant highway patrol presence. We rode with traffic and obeyed traffic signs. What was nearly always necessary was traffic control leaving each overnight community.…[Read more]
Joseph Schlau: Extremely well said. I agree with you completely. E-bicycles will continue to expand the number of people who enjoy riding a bicycle whether an organized ride like RAGBRAI or just around the block with friends to the local coffee shop.
Scott: No need to do anything until both routes are announced. Unless you are PBV fan and then you are going RAGBRAI…if you are a Bubba’s Papmpered Peddlers fan you are going IR. Until then enjoy the fall weather and get in a last ride or two until winter.