Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Two dozen strong

Early registration has closed with 24 full-time riders signed up for Team CoeBRAI. Space is at a premium, but you can still ride along with the official Coe College team on the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), scheduled for July 25-31, 2010.

We may make accommodations for a few additional teamless riders, but they'll have to be registered independently with RAGBRAI. It's not unusual for cancellations to occur between now and July either.

I'll soon be closing the team, submitting our group registration and mailing waivers and payment to RAGBRAI. Then it's just a matter of waiting until lottery results are posted May 1. Meanwhile, I'll be working with my Coe colleagues on housing (still seeking hosts in Clear Lake and Manchester), jerseys and other logistical items.

Your work is done (assuming waivers and payments are en route from the three I have not yet collected) for now. However, you are encouraged to post to this blog any time. And, of course, you’ll want to begin training as soon as the weather allows.

As it stands tonight, Team CoeBRAI consists of 24 full-time riders. Four "part-timers" will join us the evening of Tuesday, July 27 in Clear Lake. Two of them are riding two days to Waterloo on Thursday, July 29. The other two will complete the journey to Dubuque on Saturday, July 31.

Counting part-timers and our three-person support staff, we're a mix of 14 Coe alumni, six current or former faculty and staff, and 11 spouses, parents and friends of alumni, faculty and staff. We range in age from 23-year-old 2009 Coe graduate Leslie Millerschone (a CoeBRAI veteran who will be joined again this year by her mom, Tammy) to 72-year-old Jim Lentz, a RAGBRAI veteran making his maiden CoeBRAI voyage with fellow North Carolinian Roger Bear, representing the Coe Class of 1963. In addition to 19 Iowa residents, Team CoeBRAI members hail from North Carolina (3), Kansas (1), Utah (2), Illinois (3), Kentucky (1), South Carolina (1) and Washington, D.C. (1). The group includes a chiropractor and a firefighter, so we should be in good hands.

Our support staff again includes Abby Masters ’08 from South Carolina, Coe Sports Information Director Ryan Workman and my wife, Lisa. Whether or not our camper – and, for that matter, our daughter – makes the trip is subject to market conditions. Hope, the camper, is for sale and Karissa, our daughter, refuses to sleep in a tent. Something has to give. With any luck – and a lot of effort – our son, Zach will be participating in the state high school baseball tournament in Des Moines rather than joining us on RAGBRAI. New to the support staff this year is two-year CoeBRAI veteran and Associate Dean of Students Erik Albinson. After riding part-time in 2008 and full-time in 2009, Erik has signed on to assist me with the planning and coordination of this effort. If the aforementioned state baseball tournament appearance materializes, Erik’s in charge.

1 comment:

tdwagner said...

Hey Lonnie,
I noticed you're still searching for a host in Clear Lake. I have a 1st cousin there. She and her husband (retired banker) have a beautiful older home with nice yard and such. They're great people and we're very close. I'm very willing to ask if you don't have any luck otherwise.

Just an offer.