RAGBRAI Death Identification

Graettinger, IA (KICD) — A man who died near Graettinger while riding in RAGBRAI, has been identified.

63-year old Tom Teesdale of West Branch, well known for his work building custom bicycle frames, and was recognized internationally for his designs.

RAGBRAI officials said Teesdale was treated on the route between Terril and Graettinger because of a medical condition and was pronounced dead at The Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

He owned and operated his own business, TET Cycles, out of a warehouse in West Branch where he sold custom bikes, including cyclocross, mountain, road and tandem.

The last time a rider died during RAGBRAI was in 2010 when a rider collided with another cyclist and suffered a head injury.

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