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I will speak for myself too. My loyalty is to Iowa. I have stated I wish and think both rides can survive. TJ and his staff are A+. Gannett will have a hard time replacing them. But they will. They will also have a hard time starting the logistics from scratch. In the long run. Having two rides. Will benefit the state. I hope they bring even more tourists to the state. Gannett is spinning the story. All TJ wanted to do was distance the ride from Gannett’s problem with the King story. He wanted to reassure the RAGBRAI Nation all they were doing was making a donation to the Children’s Hospital. Gannett PR was in crisis mode and told TJ to say nothing. TJ was trying to keep RAGBRAI transparent. Gannett was in cover-up mode. They still are. I don’t like it that TJ picked the same dates. But that’s his right to choose. RAGBRAI can always change the date too. It’s been 5 years since my heart attack. I have corraled my bikes since. If I was in shape and capable of riding. I would do both. I want to reiterate. I want to see both rides succeed. I worked with TJ and his staff with logistics for many years. He is a very fair man. His staff is top-notch. We were always able to work through any issues that came up. So yes I’m partial to him and his team. I don’t have a clue what or who Gannett will come up with. I hope it is top-notch too. When Iowa’s Ride starts a forum. I will no doubt post something. My intent with this post. Was to point out RAGBRAI is just a name. What makes the ride. It is the riders and Iowans. Gannett Just owns the rights to RAGBRAI name.
Heart Attack. Afterwards I was scared to get back on the bike to exert myself. Dumb move. I gained 80 pounds. Anyhoooo I need to just knock the dust off the bikes and start riding again.
AS I said in another post. The logistics of this ride are very large. You need a staff that have contacts and knowledge of regional capabilities. You are not going to pull people from other events that have the knowledge. If it was just TJ. The new director would have old staff that would pull up to the plate. But in this case the staff went with. This speaks volumes against the DMR/Gannett. For the staff to resign with TJ. I would have to conclude Gannett Media was pushing all their buttons. It’s just better that the ride goes non-profit. It really to the advantage of riders, Iowa, TJ, and staff. It keeps big brother out of the control loop. It will allow TJ more options about the ride. As an example he has already dropped the lottery. I do feel Iowa can benefit from the new ride. I even think Iowa can support both events. I also feel if Gannet sets its legal hounds on TJ. It would be a grave mistake. Gannett like most media corps. Its all about saving face and profits. I believe TJ taking the new ride in a non-profit status is a very smart move. Riders love the idea the ride helps Iowans. Having all the proceeds go to charities is just the right thing to do. Gannett will/would never do this. I do not see any town in Iowa. Passing up the chance to have 10,000 plus riders as guest for the day. It just will not happen. As for logistics. There are only 4 EMT trucks. There are plenty of EMT services to supply that contract. Plus all the local service that step up. Same for the law enforcement. Vendors, well there are just to many to count to begin with. Many being local. So I don’t believe that is an issue ether. The bike companies and cycling equipment folks. Will just look at it as another event to sell their goods. TJ has both the seasoned staff and backing to pull this off. Gannett for the moment only has its marketing staff. The clock is ticking against them.
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Wow! I was charter service coordinator for 10 years. I was shocked to hear TJ and staff resigned. I’ve worked in broadcast media since 1984. So I know how media companies control their staff. I have to give TJ and staff a big thumbs up to standing up to Gannet. I’m sure there is more to this than the King issue. Its about control. I wish TJ and staff all the best. Gannet will be hard pressed to save the 2020 ride. The coordination is a nightmare. It takes special people with contacts to pull off an event of this size. I feel for all the charter services too. This has to be a nightmare for them. The decision to switch rides is not going to be an easy one. Due to logistics and service contracts. I pray that all coordinators find the guidance to make quality decisions for their riders. Personally I would have to choose TJ and his staff. He and his crew are second to none. Iowa towns will have some rough decisions in the months to come.
With so many people in my immediate family and friends having suffered from cancer. I’ve always respected Lance for establishing the foundation. It IS completely separate of his professional cycling career. He has paid the price for is digressions in racing. RAGBRAI is a social cycling event. I’m extremely glade T.J. had the fore thought. To forgive those digressions and invite Lance. Lance deserve to enjoy social cycling as much as any one of us. I commend T.J. for separating the pro cyclist from the humanitarian.
Ya! I got a wristband. I’m a MelonHead this year. Looking forward to see everybody on the ride.
The pickles/pickle juice works for some. Others eat bananas. My doctor has me taking potassium. I also do the bananas. Doc also told me to drink 1 gatoraid to every 2 or 3 waters. This is to prevent overloading electrolytes. I have’t had cramps since. I do get achy muscles and joints. I take Aleve (Naproxen Sodum). It can also help with the cramps. Check with your doc.
Mike I’ve been riding RAGBRAI since 2003. I’ve road all on Conti Ultra Sports 25mm except the first two and one 3 years ago. That was on a set of Shimano Dura Ace 7850’s with Hutchinson tubeless on my Orbea Vuelta. I’ve never had a flat on RAGBRAI on any tires. I will add I’m a Clydesdale. My weight has run 240-280 over the years. Any Clydesdale will admit we can wear tires rapidly. Conti’s have held up the best of all tires I’ve run on. Hutchinson Equinox is not too far behind them. On RAGBRAI the bikes shop sell far more Gatorskins than any other tire. They want to fix the riders bike with a replacement they know is more than dependable. They have a reputation to maintain. I ride on the Ultra Sports because they are just as dependable on Iowa roads. At a much lower cost. I also use Equinox tire due to there lower cost and dependability. But mainly for training. The Conti’s go on for tours. So IMHO I would stick with the Gatorskins. You have 400 miles on them now. You have have 3 months of training left plus 450 miles on RAGBRAI. You could be near end of life by the end of the ride. If you don’t change them. Get a new set for the ride. Bring the old front as a spare. I would also put on new cables and break pads. Then have the bike tuned up before the ride. This would include wheel truing. Have the drive line checked for wear too. This will ensure a trouble free ride.
I like the idea of framing a piece of it. I could put all my lapel pins on it.
Paul I will be laying a floating wood laninant floor.
ST it will be awhile before we are done. Doing mostly demolition right know. Then wall framing and electrical. Should be done by years end. I have a wedding to take care of first. I designed the new basement with Turbo Floor Plan. The 3D mode really helps you visualize the rooms. Even helps layout furniture and choose colors. When done. I’ll have a new office, lounge, home theater, 1/2 bath, laundry, storage and shop. Not a small project. Shop has the least change. So it is almost done. It is nice being able to work on the bikes there. After so many years using the old family room. Much better use of space.
I second the empty Gatoraide bottle for the tent and a headlamp for nights. Being hands free in the Kybo’s at night is a plus. For the day. Pack a spork. Sometimes flatware can become a challenge to find. Wet One Singles, to clean the gooey goodies off the face and fingers. Clean slim off the bike. And most important, clean up after a kybo visit. Not to mention trips to the corn field. And never trust there will be enough TP in the Kybo’s.
Bumping this to the top. To remind you the seminar is, Saturday Feb 1 1-4PM @ Davenport Public Library, 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA
The Park PC-10 they refer to above. Is a quality stand. But it list for $200. I have a Spin Doctor Essential stand. It to is a quality stand. It sells for $70 at Performance Bicycle. There sister company Nashbar sells it as the Nashbar Basic work stand for the same price. I’ve built 3 bikes on this stand from bare frames up. I do all my maintenance on this stand too. For those wanting or needing a lower cost option. This is the stand to look at. Nashbar sells Park tools at a lower price too. Some tools like hex wrenches. I would suggest getting Bondhus at a hardware store. Shimano or Campy special tools. Spin doctor, Nashbar, and Park Tool are necessary. Some tools are cost prohibitive for the home shop. It is cheaper to take it in the shop and have them do it. Bottom Bracket reamers, bearing cup presses, and wheel truing stands are an example. These tools just are not use enough in the home shop. To justify there cost. Unless you just want to learn to do it yourself. I do suggest you go to Park Tool websites how to. Its an excellent place to start learning. As is Sheldons Browns website.
Thank you Zabo. Ken is on the QCBC Board of Directors. He came up with the idea RAGBRAI for Rookies. The QCBC wanted to promote the ride and assist cyclist in prepare for it. Wither they use our charter service or not. Along with the seminar. Dixon holds training rides. These rides focus on distance and hills. Again these rides are open to all cyclist and free. To truly enjoy RAGBRAI you must train for it. Anyway you look at it. It is still 500 mile ride and camping. With back to back days of distance riding. Planning and training make this ride so much more enjoyable.
The seminar is only in Davenport. QCBC provides up to date information about the ride, equipment and large group ride safety, for veteran riders and newbies alike. We explain the registration process. We have computers to register at the event. For those that want to register at the event. One of our presenters has all his gear for the ride at the event. He shows tips on how to pack your gear to keep it dry. He has his tent setup as he would on the ride. He explains what to and not bring and why. Dean Mathis, aka Bearback, will show what basic tools you need to bring. Show how to repair tires. Dean is one of those RAGBRAI icons. He has helped hundreds of stranded cyclist with flats on RAGBRAI over the years. Bring a blown inner tube with you. Dean will teach you how to fix it and make it good as new. While this seminar is free and open to the public. I will speak specifically on logistics for our charter service. I cover long term parking, transportation, shipping bikes, our support crew, campsites layout, daily baggage handling, and amenities. Our host for the event is Ken Urban. He is a photographer. He will have a slide show of past rides running throughout the event. He has gotten a guest speaker this year, Greg Borzo. Greg is a Chicago free lance writer. He has just released a book on RAGBRAI. John Karras wrote the forward in his latest book. He will be speaking on his RAGBRAI experience. RAGBRAI has a blog about his book. We are looking forward to providing this service again.
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