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So where should the first RBR event be held?(28 posts)

So where should the first RBR event be held?Kristin
Nov 23, 2001 10:45 AM
Cast your votes!
your housenm
Nov 23, 2001 10:52 AM
nm
What exactly are we going to do at this event? I vote for TDFnmMB1
Nov 23, 2001 10:55 AM
what's the exact geographic center of the US, anyhow?Js Haiku Shop
Nov 23, 2001 11:07 AM
can't seem to find that answer on the web...
Salina,KansasSTEELYeyed
Nov 23, 2001 11:17 AM
Just a rough measurment,but it seems pretty close.
so, here are the considerations for suitable host site:Js Haiku Shop
Nov 23, 2001 11:21 AM
needs:

hills
flats
mountains
decent road surfaces
bike shop(s) nearby
accommodations
mtb trails for some variety
brewery and/or liquor store

what location closest to Salina, KS meets these critera?
Boulderlonefrontranger
Nov 23, 2001 9:45 PM
All the terrain required, road and offroad riding, and at least 2 liquor stores per strip mall, of which there's one every few blocks.
there's enough of us in Europe to count hereJofa
Nov 23, 2001 1:36 PM
So, middle of the Atlantic it is, then. I'll hand out the bottles.

Jofa
there's enough of us in Europe to count hereJs Haiku Shop
Nov 23, 2001 1:56 PM
obviously european riders would meet at euro-disney. was there ever any question?
you're pretty closeDog
Nov 23, 2001 3:15 PM
The geographic center for the 48 states is in western Kansas. The population center is just south of St. Louis, Missouri (it is continually moving southwest).

Dog
Well, I'd vote MA!Cartman
Nov 23, 2001 11:21 AM
Of coures I'd be doing so because i would want it close to me. Maybe there should be and east coast, central, and west coast event. Or we could just have it at Kristin's since she came up with the idea. Kristen, what should I bring?
Sure, we could all ride around flat, ugly, congested...Kristin
Nov 23, 2001 11:25 AM
...Chicagoland. If you really want to. Just bring your bike and a pillow. I'll provide the Bratwurst. Um...better bring some brew too.

Come on, don't you guys want to tackle Mt. Washington or something?
You know there is some pretty good riding in Hawaii this time ofMB1
Nov 23, 2001 11:39 AM
year. I'm thinking the Big Island or Maui. Dog & Miss M could climb Haleakala (10,000' in 36 miles). The rest of us could just do the downhill then lay at the beach for the rest of the day.
Glen, NHCartman
Nov 23, 2001 11:59 AM
About 15 miles to the auto road (you can't ride it unless you are registered for the ride)but still a lot of great riding in the White Mts. A lot of nice campgrounds too. I camped there and rode a bit this past summer, great riding!
You probaly DON'T want to do that in January, though. (NM)look271
Nov 23, 2001 2:00 PM
Bartlet, NHfirstrax
Nov 24, 2001 10:19 AM
More lodging options than Glen.
new york, baby nmdupe
Nov 23, 2001 3:19 PM
A serious suggestionPaulCL
Nov 23, 2001 6:38 PM
Somewhere in Summit County Colorado in mid summmer - say, at the end of July. Think Breckinridge, Frisco, Copper Mountain. 80 degrees at the basin, snow on top of the mountains. Beautiful. It's just mere coincidence that I'll already be there on vacation.

Think of it...flats, beautiful mountains, lots of LBS's, a community that welcomes cyclists, and not too expensive since it's offseason in Colorado. A flight from Cincinnati (my home) is only about $325 roundtrip - and our airport is rated as the second most expensive to fly out of. If dollars are a problem, there are plenty of places to pitch a tent.

And, yes Mr. Haiku, there are several micro-breweries in the area. So many in fact, that I can't remember a single one by name!
There is an organized ride in CO.....STEELYeyed
Nov 23, 2001 7:33 PM
in June I believe,its called Ride the Rockies,I have talked to people who have ridden it and they all agree it is great ride,has anybody here ridden it?
There are MANY organized rides in Colorado,jtolleson
Nov 25, 2001 8:53 AM
of which Ride the Rockies (3rd week in June) is but one. The bad part is that it is a lottery, so not everyone gets in. But it is a great challenging tour (different route each year)

Another option is Bicycle Tour of Colorado (third week in JULY... conflicts with RAGBRAI this year). That's a pretty serious tour. Every day runs 80-100 with PLENTY of climbing.

We've got some great one day events, the biggest of which is the Elephant Rock Century in Castle Rock (first Sunday AFTER Memorial Day).

Charity rides are not a bad option for out of staters looking to see Colorado in a well supported tour. The Courage Classic benefits Children's Hospital and is three days, distance includes Vail, Tennessee and Fremont Passes, towns of Vail, Leadville, and Breckenridge. We had friends from Atlanta come ride it with us last year.
Lets do a disorganized ride! nmMB1
Nov 25, 2001 1:27 PM
Should be the geographical center of the Earth.ACE-
Nov 23, 2001 10:18 PM
If I measure from Arizona all the way around the globe, it comes out right about here! See you all soon?
The RAGBRAI thread below makes me think ofMKJ
Nov 23, 2001 10:49 PM
TEAM RBR
Your place would work for me4bykn
Nov 24, 2001 5:22 AM
That way I wouldnt have to travel far. Or, there is plenty of motel space here, a few tents could go up in my back yard, and I have a spare bedroom, and a couple couches. Uh, I better check this one out with my wife. Just don't come here looking for hills. We do get a bit of wind, though.
Seems as there's no real answer here, is there?look271
Nov 26, 2001 6:06 PM
Seriously, it would be cool. Seems like somewhere in the central US would be a good idea, perhaps an organized ride, so that would be one thing less to worry about? Here's a suggestion; the 3 state 3 mountain challenge in Chatt. TN. Not excactly the middle of the US, but go towards Kansas and other states and it's flat as a pancake. That would get my vote, FWIW
Sure, lets do that!Kristin
Nov 27, 2001 6:53 AM
Hmmm... I wanna be sick just thinking about it. I'd have take a pass on the 3 state 3 mountain challenge. At least for this year!

Realistically, you can't go wrong with either Arizona in the winter or Colorado in the summer.
I'd love to do either.look271
Nov 27, 2001 3:29 PM
Wanna buy my plane ticket? :-) Seriously though, I've been wanting to do the "Ride the Rockies" ride or something similar. Would be fun with the RBR crew.
VIRTUAL RIDEDA
Nov 27, 2001 7:09 AM
only makes sense