Tim Gilbertson is a RAGBRAI veteran. He has ridden every year for the last eight years, and plans on riding again this year- that is, unless his new grandchild is born on time!
Tim is planning this year’s ride around his daughter’s impending due date, which is during RAGBRAI week. His daughter has ridden on RAGBRAI with him in the past, and he thinks he has an inkling as to why the baby is due during the trip. “She’s doing it only so she doesn’t have to go with me this year,” Tim joked.
Unlike a lot of RAGBRAI bikers, Tim usually doesn’t join a team. Unless his daughter is riding with him, Tim usually rides the RAGBRAI route solo. “I get dropped off on one side of the state,” Tim said, “then I have to make my own way back.”
Tim, who works for the Grounds Department at Kirkwood Community College, thinks the overnight pass through Cedar Rapids will be great for the city. “Cedar Rapids has been wanting it to come here, and they seem to be pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a big event, and a highlight of the week for the bikers,” Tim said.
If he isn’t visiting with his new grandchild the evening of July 26, Tim plans to attend the festivities in downtown Cedar Rapids. “It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty good night,” Tim said. He is a big fan of the Counting Crows, and he is excited that they are going to be playing in Cedar Rapids.
Tim has acquired an encyclopedia of training wisdom over his biking career. He advises all RAGBRAI participants to put in as many training miles as possible before the big ride. “All the training miles and practice you can do pays off,” he said. “On days when it is miserable and hot, you will appreciate the days you spent practicing because it makes it easier to enjoy the week no matter the weather.”
Tim also mentioned another perk of putting in practice miles- it gets you out of a lot of other tasks you “should” be doing, such as chores and yard work! To sum up his appreciation for RAGBRAI, Tim said, “It’s a fun experience, and everyone should go on it once to see what it’s like.” Join Tim and thousands of other bikers on RAGBRAI, and stop downtown the evening of July 26, 2012, for an unforgettable night of entertainment in Cedar Rapids.