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How about a Skinny Tire Festival???(8 posts)

How about a Skinny Tire Festival???mr tornado head
Jul 28, 2001 1:17 PM
Why should the mtb er's have all the fun? Why do road events have to be serious (or at least, semi-serious)? So how about a skinny tire festival? Slowest time thru slalom course with no dabs, drag racing, fastest pit stop (CART or NASCAR syle), bike pulls... or am I just way off th deep end?
Ok, I'll bite...Greg Taylor
Jul 28, 2001 7:11 PM
There are events that "sorta" do this...Bike Virginia comes to mind. It is, however, aimed at a more, well, sedate crowd. More goofy than hip...the parties that they try to throw in the host towns can be very lame. Most folks tend to go light on the "fun" and partying because they will be breaking camp and riding very early (5:30 a.m. wake up) the next morning, and don't want to hurl on their lycra. I understand RAGBRAI is a rolling party, but I've never done it.

For me, camping is a must, and lots of beer and dogs would be involved. No events before 10:00 a.m. I like the "stupid bike tricks" idea. A track stand contest would be cool. A "hybrid toss" could be amusing, a "hairiest legs" contest, and we would need kids races. Group rides from a central location all weekend. Live music.

For a feature event, how about a 24 hour race over a road circuit? (Expansive interpretation of "fun" here -- safety and logistics would be complicated on public roads). Cyclocross races could work as well.
'cause roadies can't party like MTBersclub
Jul 29, 2001 4:27 AM
all my roadie friends go home after two homebrews, while the MTBers all stay late and jam. Maybe you could hold a "lowest resting pulse" competition, that'd be exciting. Besides, they already exist. Ever been to a GEAR-UP or LAW gathering, or RAGBRAI?
here's some ideas:Rusty McNasty
Jul 29, 2001 6:25 AM
We could have a power-bar stuffing contest, or a GU-gel chugging contest! How about a weight-weenie contest-the lightest bike that can ride down a 1-mile long pothole-strewn street, without breaking! We could have the Campy-vs-Shimano water balloon battle, and the tubular-vs-clincher ring toss (tubulars toss better, too)! And my favorite, the most-uncomfortable saddle contest!
Keep 'em coming! 24 hr road race?mr tornado head
Jul 29, 2001 7:48 AM
Greg and Rusty;

Yeah! I *like* those ideas! How about a 20 yr old Huffy 10 speed toss? OR, racing on the 20yr old Huffy after it's been tossed? Wheelie competition? Of course, road bikes on a half pipe take a special breed (those with iron gonads...)

The 24 hr road race I've been dying to do! It'd be cool to stage it on an auto road course (I live in East-Central Ohio, so the Mid Ohio track comes to mind, but what about Laguna? Sears Point? The Grand Prix track at Indy?)
The nice thing about a race track is...Greg Taylor
Jul 29, 2001 9:20 AM
...they are already set up for camping. There is an even smaller, more funky track in West Virginia (Summit Point) that would be perfect. The downside with doing a long race on a closed race track would be that you eventually will get that "hamster in a cage" feeling -- lap times would be only a couple of minutes each. The cool thing about the dirt 24 hour races is that the laps usually take at least an hour or two which is more interesting. On the plus side, riders would be subject to constant abuse by campers and party-goers.

The key is to capture the festival atmosphere...MTB'ers seem to have that down pat. Roadies need to defuse the fitness thing. Maybe invite Team Hugh Jass of Canaan/Snowshoe fame to explore the dark side and try road riding?
Th reason MTBers party har is coz of DRUGS..Ecstacy, LSD, Pot...Justin Spinelli
Jul 29, 2001 6:05 PM
MTBers are freakin drug addicts. Stay away from them and tell your child to be a roadie instead of a MTbiker. THey all engage in unprotected s*x, and take way too many drugs. Oh yeah, they smoke cigarettes too.

Us roadies, were the cream of the crop, models of a utopian society.

Alleluia.
I'm going to the Pedros Festival in Mass...biknben
Jul 29, 2001 7:26 PM
...and I've been to the festival in Moab. Let's not be jump to conclusions about the rampid drug use and sexual misconduct. It's just people among like-individuals sharing common interests. For the most part the common interest is bikes. In some cases it's smokin the happy pipe.

I don't think the "Roadie" culture is condusive to hangin in a grass field talking to people you don't know for 3 days. I'm picturing roadies prepping for a festival ride by pedaling on the trainer for 1/2 hour beforehand.

Another event for the Skinny-Tire Festival:
-Highest Hematocrit level