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From Mr. Pork Chop's Facbook page 3.25.24 9:45am

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Matt Bernhard- A.K.A Mr. Porkchop Jr. Matt passed away peacefully on the morning of March 24th surrounded by his closest loved ones.

At this we ask to please respect our family’s privacy as we navigate through this time.

Further announcements regarding Ragbrai 2024 and celebration of life this summer will be at a later date.

Thank you for your long-standing and continued support. Matt truly loved Ragbrai, the riders, and all of those who make Ragbrai the beautiful tradition that it is.

All of our love, The Bernhard Family ??

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BIKEIOWA NOTE: RIP Matt - aka Mr. Pork Chop
In the early 2000s, I got to know Matt as he made frequent appearances on the Team BarFly bus for the special pitchers of "Barfly LUV" we concocted.

Then as BIKEIOWA.com began vending on RAGBRAI, we spent several Summers at the same farms along the route with Matt, the Iowa Beer Bus and Sassy Lemonade Slushes.

He was an ornery character with a special sense of humor. He never mastered the "Pork Choooooooooooop" squeal like his father Paul or his sister Audrey Lampe.

May your coals always be hot and your pork chops be moist! RIP Matt.

~ Scott Sumpter

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