RAGBRAI Organizers Split from Register

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  1. baller21

    baller21 Well-Known Member

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    There’s a limited number of riders that can register for RAGBRAI so a lot of them couldn’t even if they wanted to.

    I doubt the biggest ride in the country will have a problem finding someone with experience to step in and take over and the competition is going to have problems of their own finding enough people to staff a new ride during the same time period.

    Doesn’t really affect me because I won’t be participating in either ride. I just don’t see RAGBRAI disappearing like some are predicting.
     
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  2. cyson

    cyson Well-Known Member

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    It was plenty sanitized. Serve versus alienate, did you join the Boy Scouts? You didn’t like what you read.
     
  3. herbicide

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    #263 herbicide, Oct 20, 2019
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    You realize it’s a business right? Businesses need customers to survive.

    The Register lost a lot of customers over this, and is likely they’ll lose more during RAGBRAI.
     
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  4. herbicide

    herbicide Well-Known Member

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    Where did I say it would die? All I’m saying is it’s got some challenges ahead that didn’t exist in past. What happens is yet to be seen.
     
  5. Gunnerclone

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    America doesn’t like hypocrisy unless it’s coming from the Republican Party. That’s the issue.
     
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  6. SwirlyBird

    SwirlyBird Well-Known Member

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    Do you have to wear a helmet in public?
     
  7. cyson

    cyson Well-Known Member

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    Only when I’m on my bike training for RAGBRAI. Not some broke **** brand X.
     
  8. Die4Cy

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    Fascinated by the strong feelings over this.

    RAGBRAI used to be this fun, unique thing, but it is big business now. No one should be surprised that egos, corporate influence, money, and outside interests have affected the event.

    Whatever is behind it I'm sure organizers have some desperation in making this move, so I wish them good luck with the knowledge they probably won't be able to pull it off and will probably get blamed for RAGBRAI's failings in the future as a result.
     
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  9. Cycsk

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    It would be great if they could come up with some compromise for next year, such as using the RAGBRAI name and connections to the Register. Do it in a largely independent manner. Give the Register a cut of proceeds in order to use the brand name during a transition period to true independence (which both the Register's owners and RAGBRAI seem to want).
     
  10. CyDude16

    CyDude16 Well-Known Member

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    It’s a pure money grab from everything else I’ve heard, TJ is simply using these excuses as cop outs.
     
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  11. deadeyededric

    deadeyededric Well-Known Member

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    Do you have any actual proof of this? I realize there are a lot of people who never had subscriptions anyway saying they cancelled, but have they really lost much over this?
     
  12. herbicide

    herbicide Well-Known Member

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    No, and good luck finding any. I can tell you they hired a special retention team, I know that much. They wouldn't do that if they weren't feeling the squeeze. Someone I know in the media business (manager of one of the local TV channels) mentioned (off the record) that the "Register is in trouble."

    I didn't cancel my subscription, because it wasn't that big of a deal for me, but you are kidding yourself if you think this hasn't caused financial trouble for the Register.
     
  13. deadeyededric

    deadeyededric Well-Known Member

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    Either way it isn't bringing the Register down for good. People aren't going to quit reading their local paper.
     
  14. SpokaneCY

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    I mean where else are we supposed to know about mattress sales during patriotic holiday weekends????
     
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  15. SpokaneCY

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    Need to see the participant list (pictures) first. My experience is that exhibitionists / nudists have an overly positive body image.
     
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    Why do we need MORE echo chambers? Got to reddit and read the comments on any random political thread. There is no "news", there is no discussion, there is no presentment of other points of views and no context. There are already too many republican and democrat newspapers. What most of us want is a NEWS paper.
     
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  17. herbicide

    herbicide Well-Known Member

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    Yes people are. I know people who have cancelled. The only question is how many and to what effect.

    No matter how you slice this, it is not good for them, as they along with all print media is struggling to survive in this era.
     
  18. urb1

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  19. herbicide

    herbicide Well-Known Member

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    None and I mean none of the dozens of people I know register.
     
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  20. IsUaClone2

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    I see the main "issue" between TJ and the DMR is the operating/management process of the DMR. I believe TJ thinks the editors may have made mistakes but the real issue is that when the news you print has to processed through non-local owners and New York public relations experts, you aren't being a true journalist. He wanted to to do it his way and he didn't get to do it.

    I miss the days when newspapers had competitors; morning and evening publications with pages and pages of coverage and insight separated into news and opinion sections. Spending Sundays with the Big Peach and it's coverage of all things sports.

    I was in Des Moines when RAGBRAI got started. I didn't pay much attention to it but as I remember it, there was a mock feud between two columnists. Something about who could or couldn't ride a bicycle for distance. Anyway, as a refugee from Iowa for 46 years, RAGBRAI was high on my list of "Iowa" things I was proud to tell people about. I hope it is not lost.
     
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