“Why this place was chosen for 119 nuclear blasts was self evident. Why I chose it for a bike ride was less clear.” These opening words of Rumble Yell sum up how crazy-weird bicycle enthusiasts are. I’m not one of them, though I've ridden in the world’s biggest bike ride. It’s not across the Sahara, or China, or even some place in Europe. No, the world’s biggest bike ride is held annually in... Iowa.
Every year 15,000 cyclists abandon their family, leaving adventure widows and orphans wondering what compels seemingly rational people to ride 500 miles over the dog days of summer across what is generally perceived as a damn boring place. But riders return happier than ever, without fail. What magic happens on this biggest bike ride? Is there something in the crotch lube? After 42 years, I felt it was time that somebody finally wrote the book about RAGBRAI®. So I did. I got to relive every moment, and want to share it with those who haven't yet experienced America's best ride or, perhaps, are merely frightened of crotch lube.
But what if you don’t like biking? Fear not, gentle reader: this doesn’t make you a bad person. Indeed, if there’s anything I learned over my 1000 miles of bicycle training, it’s that I didn’t like doing it. But you like to laugh, don’t you? My first book won two national Humor Book of the Year awards, and my latest is nominated for two more of ‘em this year (TBA). I’ve even won humor awards overseas where, as we all know, people are dreadfully boring. If this book makes me millions, I vow to send abroad tons of crotch lube. It may just help.
RUMBLE YELL is the hilarious new book about RAGBRAI®. Finally enthusiasts, armchair cyclists, and adventure widows can live the full experience. No sweat. No lube. Just laughs. This is the rollicking, true story of two men rekindling an old friendship after twenty years. Foolishly, they choose to reconnect over a hometown tradition that just happens to be the world’s biggest bike ride. 500 miles of biking during the hottest week of the year—humidity 100%, bugs 1000%—seemed like the ideal way to ‘get to know you’ again. Their plans are waylaid by a last-minute addition: an outrageous, mysterious sailor named Cheek. His presence is not only intrusive, but utterly disastrous. But Cheek wasn't even the biggest surprise. As one RAGBRAI veteran put it, "I'm getting used to being surprised every year." But it's more than just adventure and laughs, because on RAGBRAI I learned a very personal, very important lesson.
Ultimately, RAGBRAI® is America’s ride: one glorious week of the heartland, of shared pain and personal triumph, of one-pound pork chops and more beer than a frat house. You’ll meet naughty cycling teams and small town wholesomeness. It is a ride like no other, and it’s time to reveal what happens when 15,000 people descend upon a town of 122, the secrets of crotch lube, carwashowers, and what Team Roadkill can do with some beads.
By all means, download Rumble Sample, the first 60 pages, from my website at www.BrianDavidBruns.com. Download the Rumble Sheet and, if you’re really feeling sassy, download the Author Sheet, too.
I am a nationally best-selling author with books lauded by the Travel Channel, Today Show, and USA Today and I’ve been featured on ABC 20/20 on two separate occasions. A script for a TV show about my book Cruise Confidential is being written by Matt Jones in association with Furst Films. I’ve got the credentials and I’ve got the manuscript. But I ain’t got you.
Why do I need $2500 for an old-school print run? While ebooks will be available, of course, this book was meant for mom & pop bike shops around the country. RAGBRAI® is about local people and local business, it’s something every American can be proud of. Corny, yes, but true. (And we are talkin’ about Iowa, after all.) A 5.5” x 8.5”, 272pp. book can be sold at RAGBRAI’s expo (the largest in the Midwest) and many other regional bike rides/expos. It’s also good business to sell in non-traditional outlets. Allow me to explain: a book titled A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up was picked up by Borders and sold 4,000 copies. That same year Jos. A. Banks Clothiers sold 8,000, and Brooks Brothers sold 15,000. (bNet Business Network, April 2007). While those are national chain superstores, there are over 100 locally owned bike shops in the Iowa area alone. Power to the people! If you really want to see the nitty gritty, you can download the Vendor Package from my website.
Risks and challenges
Fret not, prudent reader. The book is already completed, professionally edited, typeset, and ready for offset action. The ebook is happenin’ no matter what. This campaign is about the paperback. The reward for your patronage is all but assured, barring a tragic blimp accident or something equally unlikely (then again, I live in Vegas and you just never know...). The only real risk is leaving a wanting bike shop bookless and yourself lubeless. Can’t have that, now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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