The legendary "Iowa Boy" of Iowa journalism talks about how he stumbled into the world of bicycling and riding RAGBRAI -- a happy accident that years later probably saved his life.
From the event: Climb That Hill
Chuck Offenburge is a lifelong journalist from Shenandoah and proud Vanderbilt alumnus. He is an iconic columnist who spent 21 years covering the state as The Register’s “Iowa Boy.” In 1983 he stepped in to host RAGBRAI alongside John Karras when Karras’ co-founder, Donald Kaul, retired from the ride. After leaving the Register in 1998, Offenburger went on to teach at Loras in Dubuque, Buena Vista in Storm Lake and Coe in Cedar Rapids, and still publishes his own Offenburger.com news and opinion website. He remains an active bicyclist and advocate for Iowa’s recreational trails. He and his wife, Carla, live on their idyllic “Simple Serenity Farm” in rural Greene County.