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Old 07-03-13, 04:41 AM   #26
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He's certainly got some guts to come back and rub shoulders with some people who might not be so happy to see him: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/art...e&sf14601664=1
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Apropos to be riding amidst the GMO-laden corn fields of Iowa...
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http://ragbrai.com/

Take a look for yourself. It a massive event with riders pretty much starting when they like. I spoke to a person who rode it last year -- pretty much a free-for-all fun ride.
Yeah, but let's be real - you *know* it's going to come down to a sprint, therefor = race.
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Yeah, but let's be real - you *know* it's going to come down to a sprint, therefor = race.
But, but, but... if it's going to be a race, it has to be sanctioned by the UCI through USAC, doesn't it?
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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.
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It's not a race? I'm pretty sure it is...
That would be TransIowa.

http://transiowa.blogspot.com/
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Cant blame the guy. Regardless of all his bad decisions, he's still a guy that likes to ride a bike...
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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.
If you start early, you're more likely to miss out on the free beer and naked water slides. You might not consider that a bad thing, though.
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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.
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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!
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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.
What he said ^^^. The pies... it's all about the pies. And the ice cream. And the cheese curds. And the smoked pork. And...

Here's the peleton streaking thru Mt. Vernon last year:


... and a couple of RAGBRAI pro's:
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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.
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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.
That's very gentlemanly.........If I see him at RAGBRAI, I'm gonna flip him the bird
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If you start early, you're more likely to miss out on the free beer and naked water slides. You might not consider that a bad thing, though.
wait, naked waterslides?
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That's very gentlemanly.........If I see him at RAGBRAI, I'm gonna flip him the bird
Will you be disappointed, if he doesn't flip you back?
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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.
"Your a narcissist and devious creature, a fine mix of EPO and testosterone....."
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no but maybe he'll be distracted enough to crash into the guy in the pink gorilla suit
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wait, naked waterslides?
Yes.

People are missing the boat here when it comes to RAGBRAI.

RAGBRAI has absolutely nothing to do with cycling; it's a week-long traveling booze fest that just happens to take place on bikes. Gets dumber every year.
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I think he ought to show up in one of his TdF yellow jerseys and then wear a beer helmet.
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Yes.

People are missing the boat here when it comes to RAGBRAI.

RAGBRAI has absolutely nothing to do with cycling; it's a week-long traveling booze fest that just happens to take place on bikes. Gets dumber every year.
Sounds like it gets awesomer every year.
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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.
You'd never get anywhere near him. When he's been on the ride before he has his entourage, charity VIPs from various organizations who have given him enough money for "cancer research" who get to chum up with him, and then all the news people who follow his group around. At the end of that day's ride he gets his own little podium and stage where he does some spiel thanking everyone for their money, saying how awesome RAGBRAI is, and how we're gonna beat cancer. Then it's a couple quick autographs/staged photo ops, etc. and he gets on his bus and the sheep just stand in front of it and take pictures. Sad, really.

This year won't be much different, if not worse. He'll be swamped by news people and gawkers.
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Sounds like it gets awesomer every year.
Yeah.. I'm not really seeing any problems here.
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If you start early, you're more likely to miss out on the free beer and naked water slides. You might not consider that a bad thing, though.
Depends upon who is sliding naked.
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