My impression (only based on my opinion) is that RAGBRAI became very big and began to act that way. I would assume that with all the economic impact deals started to be done to impact the route. Less and less money started going to charities and more to who knows where. All that said, this organizer guy has been part of that for 16 years. I am sure he wanted out from under Rag and I agree he is using the timing of all of this to make his move. I don't see it as "Killing RAGBRAI". People are going to get together and ride no matter what it is called. If it hurts the Rag, I am all for it. That was my opinion before I had ever heard of Carson.