Apropos to be riding amidst the GMO-laden corn fields of Iowa...
I live in Iowa and have ridden it.
1. RAGBRAI has 3 main divisions. Freds on mountain bikes w/ gym shorts and running shoes, severely drunk yuppies, and (wannabe) roadies who love to pass all the Freds and yuppies because their purchased UCI team kits make them almost as fast as Chris Froome.
2. The first day is fun.
3. The food is awesome.
4. Leave early every morning unless you want to get caught in a 16,000 rider peleton with people who have never ridden in a group. Seriously.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.
Cant blame the guy. Regardless of all his bad decisions, he's still a guy that likes to ride a bike...
If I rode up beside him on that ride, I would just look at him and say:
"You are a complicated, diverse creature. A fine mix of debonair and adrenaline, battle scars and good jokes."
Then I would slowly shake my head and ride off.
What an amazing opportunity to pull up alongside and get some hard to find numbers and connections. Just think, a couple of days after getting back home you could be KILLIN it on the club ride!
One Foot Less
If he had any sort of dignity whatsoever, he would register under a bogus name and not bring a support squad. If it were about riding, he'd ride the full race, and not just a few days.
I think he ought to show up in one of his TdF yellow jerseys and then wear a beer helmet.
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
This year won't be much different, if not worse. He'll be swamped by news people and gawkers.