Co-founder of Team Flamingo. Has ridden every RAGBRAI since1983. Look for his trademark “pink beard” which started out from losing a bet but has become an annual fixture. When not on his bike directs Grin and Grow Child Care, a non-profit child care agency in Waterloo. Besides biking as a hobby, Mike is learning to play the bagpipes, but if you pedal fast enough you don’t have to hear him!
Whiny Bird is a co-founder of Team Flamingo. Mica has only missed one RAGBRAI (2004) since 1984. She is employed by the US Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. Keeps the team focused and on task, though has a tendency to leave keys dangling from the support van door. When not on her bike or carrying mail, Mica serves as an elected Trustee at Hawkeye Community College.
Has ridden since RAGBRAI 30. Z-Bird serves as the Webmaster and Team Media Hound. He can always be found within a stone’s throw of a camera or reporter. Better known as Big Bird’s “Evil Twin,” whom he often gets into trouble with his high jinx on the route. When not being interviewed, Z-Bird is Dr. Z who is an instructional Technology professor at the University of Northern Iowa. You can learn more about him at Drzreflects.com
Deb has ridden since Ragbrai 31. She is a social worker for the Waterloo Community Schools. Avid hand crafter, Deb makes thank you kits for our RAGBRAI hosts. Shoop is also known as “The Housing Goddess” due to her uncanny knack for securing overnight hosts for us on RAGBRAI through a vast network of friends and family.
Salsa Bird (Heather Flory)
Heather has ridden RAGBRAI since #32 She is looking forward to "pumping her pedals" on XXXVIII. A fast rider with a penchant for the Latin beat and fluent in Spanish. Will stop for pie anytime, anywhere.
RAGBRAI 33, 34, 35 & 36. Currently the youngest member of the youngest member of the team which explains why he rides a trike (recumbent that is). Lazy just graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Chris is the son of Z-Bird and Kat Bird.
Solar Bird (Carolyn Hildebrandt)
RAGBRAI 35 was her first ride on RAGBRAI, but Solar Bird ihas been working like a dog . . . er . . . flamingo to get ready for the ride. Solar is ready for RAGBRA. Look at her solar-powered light on her bike.
Niwatori Bird (Patrick Malloy)
First year with Team Flamingo on RAGBRAI. Couldn’t go last year as studying in Turkey. Instructor at Hawkeye Community College. Pat’s wife says “Niwatori” means garden bird in Japanese, but Pat say’s it really just a chicken. Personally I’d have gone for the Japanese word for flamingo.
RAGBRAI veteran. Original member of the Michigan charter
of Team Flamingo. Habitat for
Humanity volunteer. Fearless and
ready to take on any challenge.
Champion bull rider from last year’s RAGBRAI.
RAGBRAI veteran and member of Team Flamingo’s Michigan charter. Placed in regional skillet throwing championships on last year’s RAGBRAI. Waiting to make it through puberty so can grow a beard and go pink on RAGBRAI with the rest of the men.
RAGBRAI veteran. First RAGBRAI with Team Flamingo. UNI professor with 2 children. Is a distance runner when not biking.
RAGBRAI veteran. First RAGBRAI with Team Flamingo. U of Iowa sociology professor with 2 children. Likes to golf.
RAGBRAI virgin. Pediatric Psychologist out of St. Louis . Karaoke champion. Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Spends free time hiking and camping. Now ready for a crazy long bike experience.
RAGBRAI virgin. Goes by “Thunderbird” in honor of her years of service in the USAF. Married with 4 children. Teaches aerobics. Currently lives in Little Rock, AR. Friends of Jodi and Elizabeth.
RAGBRAI virgin. UNI graduate. Now in grad school at Miami University of Ohio. Niece of Whiney Bird and Big Bird. Enjoys traveling and eating good food. Doesn’t mind being around smelly crowds as spent semesters in France working on her degree.
Second year on RAGBRAI. One of the Team’s Michiganders. Got a new bike for this year’s ride. Stops at every fire station for
pictures. Always up for a
challenge and attempts to ride herd on the Michigan riders when called upon.
RAGBRAI virgin. American Lit. professor at UNI. Married with 3 kids and 2 cats. Looking forward to her RAGBRAI experience for the last three days of the ride.Meadow Bird (Jane Bentley-Gadow)
vid outdoors person. When not hiking Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Park or the Canadian Yukon, Meadow Bird advises undergraduate students at the University of Northern Iowa. Meadow Bird backs an awesome pie.
RAGBRAI virgin and husband of Meadow Bird. Mountain Bird is also an avid outdoors person who sees RAGBRAI as his next adventure.
Sandy Bird (Brian Sanderman)