Custom Bike Builder Dies On RAGBRAI

(UPDATE) The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that local frame building legend Tom Teesdale died Monday while riding RAGBRAI.

Teesdale, 63, of West Branch, was renowned in the international biking community for his custom frame designs. He owned his own business, TET Cycles, where he sold custom bikes, including mountain, road and tandem.

Teesdale died from a medical condition, not from a traumatic injury.

PREVIOUS STORY A 63-year-old man died while riding RAGBRAI on Monday, said RAGBRAI Medical Director Bob Libby. The man died due to a medical condition and not from a traumatic injury, though Libby said he did not know the exact cause of death.The man had a medical issue while he was riding on the RAGBRAI route near Graettinger, Libby said.

A trauma surgeon, nurse, critical care paramedic on a medical motorcycle and a care ambulance that carries a nurse, paramedic and physician all tended to the man, Libby said.

"The highest-level of care was provided to him," Libby said.

The man was taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he later died. This report from RAGBRAI blogger Katherine Klingseis.