Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CoeBRAI registration deadline looms

With a March 1 registration deadline around the corner, open spots remain on the Coe College RAGBRAI team. To date, 17 people have joined Team CoeBRAI and registered for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The team will be capped at 30 week-long riders, so act fast if you want to participate.

Complete details are available at That is also where you’ll be able to order a custom Coe biking jersey once the design is finalized. This year we’re working to incorporate a painting by Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art Peter Thompson, who will be joining us on the ride.

I know it’s difficult to make plans for July in February, but logistics require that we follow this timetable and it is our policy that all participants must be registered. If you are still planning to join, could you let me know and fill out a registration? If you are no longer interested, let me know and I’ll stop badgering you.

For those who can only manage a couple days, we can accommodate part-time riders also at a fee of $50 per day. Half of the total is due March 1, along with your online registration and signed waiver. The remaining half will be due July 1.
As space allows, transportation may also be available from Cedar Rapids to Sioux City on July 24 ($75) and/or from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids on July 31 ($35).

Registered CoeBRAI riders who must cancel for any reason will receive refunds according to the following sliding scale: 75 percent on or before May 1, 50 percent on or before June 1 and 25 percent on or before July 1. While we understand that life happens, we must insist on a no-refund policy for cancellations after July 1. (In other words, by registering now and paying the initial $200, you're only risking $50 by May 1, $100 by June 1 and $150 by July 1.)

RAGBRAI XXXVIII will treat riders to one of the shortest and flattest routes ever as it winds through northern Iowa from Sioux City to Dubuque. That combination means the 10,000 riders will navigate a 442-mile route that ranks as third-easiest historically, at least as far as hills and mileage go.

Beginning in Sioux City on July 24, the ride will stop in Storm Lake (July 25), Algona (July 26), Clear Lake (July 27), Charles City (July 28), Waterloo (July 29), and Manchester (July 30) before ending in Dubuque on July 31. It’s the sixth shortest route of all time and the 14,527 total feet of climb ranks as the fifth lowest in RAGBRAI history.

We are again actively seeking hosts from among the Coe family at each of the overnight towns. If you know someone in one of the overnights who would like to host us, send me their contact information. Openings remain in Storm Lake, Algona and Manchester.

You’ve got two weeks to register online. After creating your profile (or logging in to your RAGBRAI account for veterans), you should choose to join the group CoeBRAI (#32344) before submitting your entry. Please do not send signed waivers or any payments to RAGBRAI. Instead, those should be sent to me, the group contact. Checks should be made payable to Coe College.

Although the Register's online entry deadline is April 1, we encourage you to meet our March 1 deadline for the initial payment so that we can have a handle on the number of participants, which will be capped at 30.

Information will also be communicated on our Web site and on this blog. You can also follow CoeBRAI on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, contact Team CoeBRAI captain Lonnie Zingula at or (319) 399-8613.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Team CoeBRAI profile: Dr. David Moore

The Ames Tribune published the following profile on Team CoeBRAI veteran and century biker Dr. David Moore '80 for Black History Month. In addition to biking the past two RAGBRAIs, David hosted Team CoeBRAI at his home in Ames in 2008.

Nomadic Midwesterner and neurologist
By Laura Millsaps
Special to The Tribune
Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dr. David B. Moore remembers wanting to be a doctor when he was very young. His maternal grandfather, a miner, was dying of black lung disease.

“It made a big impression on me. I was only 4 years old, but I remember that being the first time I wanted to be able to make people feel better,” said Moore, now 53.

Now a neurologist at McFarland Clinic and a resident of Ames since 2000, Moore said that though inspiration came early, his path to medicine wasn’t a straight line.

His father’s career as a Methodist minister led the family across the Midwest, and Moore moved many times as a child. He calls himself a “nomadic Midwesterner.” Though a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., the family moved to Iowa, and he graduated from high school in Fort Dodge in 1976.

Moore said his father, Alvin, became more political as he got older, becoming the first African-American to run for U.S. Congress in Iowa when they lived in Council Bluffs, and becoming the first African-American pastor of an all white congregation when they lived in Des Moines.

Alvin Moore was shot and killed during a visit to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1975.

His killer was never found. Though David Moore said the family never discovered what happened, they believe his death was a result of his political activism.

Moore, “lucky number seven” of nine children, went to Coe College, wrestled for Barron Bremner, a collegiate hall of fame coach, and “did OK academically, but not great.”

But several people in his youth, including Peter Wickham, his chemistry professor at Coe, were supportive of his goals.

“He believed I could do anything, and didn’t let me give up on my dream,” Moore said.

While he almost completed a doctorate degree in pharmacy at Creighton University and did very well, he took the MCAT for a second time, did well, and attended the University of Iowa Medical School, graduating in 1988. An internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison followed, as well as a fellowship in epilepsy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which he completed in 1994.

Moore practiced in Elkhart, Ind., for six years before coming to Ames. He wanted to be back in Iowa and closer to his mother, Betty, now 83.

“It just gives me warm fuzzies to see Mom once a month after all these years away,” he said.

Moore said two events during his academic studies affected the kind of physician he became.

One was being diagnosed with dyslexia. The reading disorder affected his academic performance at Coe, but learning to deal with it helped him do well in medical school.

The second was the onset of seizures as he was graduating from Coe. Learning to cope with his epilepsy was another factor that drew him to become an epileptologist as part of his work in neurology.

“As I was working on my residency, I knew from my own experiences that sometimes it was hard to tell if my difficulties were from the medications I was taking, or from my dyslexia, or cognitive problems caused by my seizures,” Moore said.

The process taught Moore sympathy, he said.

“I understand where my patients are coming from, particularly teenagers and younger kids,” Moore said. “It can be embarrassing for them, and they can be afraid of what’s happening to them. I think my own experiences make me a better person and a better physician.”

What person in African-American history do you most admire? “Bobby Kennedy. I believe he had the biggest impact on the system. His influence over his brother and his views on racial equality issues really influenced things at the top, where people had the power to make change happen. People gave a lot of credit to Lyndon Johnson for progress in racial equality, (but) it was Bobby who started it all.

“But I also have to mention Rosa Parks. That single event was the catalyst for everything else. Martin Luther King Jr. happened at the right time. If Rosa Parks hadn’t done what she’d done, things might be different today.”

What does Black History Month mean to you? “Despite our country being a melting pot, every group wants to preserve their history. Keeping tabs on one’s cultural identity, that’s imperative.

“However, I dislike the idea of one month in which we learn cultural diversity. To me that’s bad.

“Who was the first man killed in the Revolutionary War? A black man. Who first invented the process of blood transfusions? A black man. How many people know about these things? They should.

“But it should be integrated into what we learn in school so that it’s part of our historical tradition, not taught as a separate or different thing. It shouldn’t be set apart, but part of the whole.”