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Ride the Rockies announced.(18 posts)

Ride the Rockies announced.L.O. McDuff
Feb 6, 2002 10:42 AM
Not sure if this was posted before (came up with NADA during a search). Ride the Rockies will be a loop this year going through the prettiest (IMHO) part of Colorado The loop is: Alamosa-Durango-Montrose-Gunnison-Salida-Alamosa, and the mountain passes are truly spectacular (Wolf Creek, Molas Divide, Red Mountain, and Monarch).

On the down side, selections are made by lottery.
I've already submitted...jtolleson
Feb 6, 2002 10:54 AM
to the lottery. Only tried to get drawn once before (in 1994) and was unsuccessful. This route looks too good to pass up.
Its not completely randompmf1
Feb 6, 2002 10:57 AM
I hear the lottery for RR is weighted by state with Colorado residents receiving the least weight. If you live a long ways away and not many in your state are submitting, then you'll probably get in.
Its not completely randomjtolleson
Feb 6, 2002 11:00 AM
I've often heard that. I'm a local, but we've got 4 in our group coming from Atlanta. I'm hoping that'll help.

I've also heard that despite the claim of a post- 2/22/02 "lottery," that getting in early really does help. I have also noted that once someone gets drawn once, they keep succeeding again. I know a woman who has been drawn 9 straight years. What's with that?

The true handling of the RTR lottery is a subject of much debate and discussion here. Maybe this will be my year. I even already snagged some hotel rooms along the route.
I lied. I don't live in SD, I live in Ulaan Bataar. I'm in! nmmorrison
Feb 6, 2002 11:05 AM
Get them fastpmf1
Feb 6, 2002 11:48 AM
I really hustled to get hotel rooms. Most required a non-refundable deposit that I had to put down before I even knew the outcome of the lottery. It was the best money I ever spent (not a camping fan).

If you don't get selected, I don't see how anyone can stop you from riding along with your friends. Its on public roads.
you wuss...just camp. it's part of the experience (nm)D
Feb 6, 2002 12:23 PM
Can I pitch my tent next to yours?pmf1
Feb 6, 2002 12:57 PM
You sound like such a nice fella.

Or maybe you should try my experience. After riding all day you hop a bus to your hotel. Your bags are waiting there. You take a nice hot shower, have a nice meal, and drift off to sleep in a bed. You might even like it better than the shower at the high school and sleeping on the ground.
MaybeL.O. McDuff
Feb 6, 2002 11:05 AM
Maybe I could strike a deal with the Denver Post. I'll take home delivery of the Post if you give me a space in RTR. Plus, they have to stop calling me during dinner.
Anyone can participate in the RTR rideDourbadaky
Feb 7, 2002 4:59 AM
If you don't get selected during the lottery registration process all that means is that you won't have a parking space, shower accomodations and first aid stations available to you that are only available to registered and paid participants. I have participated in the RTR tour now for 3 straight years and I have never registered. Like another poster said, it's conducted on public roads and is really open to anyone who is game. The last 2 years i rode along with 2 friends who were actually registered and no one has ever given me a problem during the multiple stage event. Talk to someone who gets accepted, find out what the planned course is and you can then make your own plan as far as accomodations are concerned and save yourself $250 bucks. I think its nuts that they make people pay $250 for riding on public roads. Yes, some of the money goes to charity, but they are basically saying they only want rich people in the race, no people of limited means and I think that sucks for the sport. It's becomming a very pretentious event aimed only at those with big wallets. How in the world is your typical family of 4 supposed to come up with $1000+ dollars of registration fees and still pay for accomodations, travel, food, ect... It's a joke.
Event crashing is totally uncooljtolleson
Feb 7, 2002 7:25 AM
Not to flame or pick a fight, but the addition of riders who aren't registered and exceed an event's permitted max creates traffic and safety problems and can even cause events permit problems.

Wanna ride Wolf Creek Pass on your own? Great! But why do it during an event for which you weren't selected and for which you haven't paid (yes, those registration fees also help fund the excess law enforcement and route management you are taking advantage of).

I don't mean to be preachy, but it is the way I feel.
Event crashing is totally uncoolJabaTheButt
Feb 7, 2002 9:13 AM
As long as they are holding the event on apublic road and it's a non professional race I don't buy into your argument. If I pay my taxes just like you, I have the right to spend any weekend I want riding on any public road I want. If there were to close the road entirely to no nevent traffic that would be another story, but they don't and I have a feeling they don't because they accept some the idea of some non paying riders to ride the race.

What, you think that everybody who runs in your average 10K roadrace is a paying member? Get real, those races are loaded with non paying runners who are running for the fun of it and don't want to pay an entry fee.
Justify it all you want freeloaderDoghead
Feb 7, 2002 10:48 AM
Sure it's on public roads, but are you saying that you don't benefit by them having painted the potholes, sweeping the roads before they are ridden sometimes, getting law enforcement to help you through certain areas, and I hope you don't ever crash because you won't have medical support if you aren't a paying rider. I bet you take those "free" showers too and clog up the campgrounds.
gimme a break--$250 is a stealFool poster
Feb 7, 2002 10:45 AM
You pay for insurance, logistics and sag support as well...I'd say a good deal for a week long ride when Mt. washington cost how much for a 50 minute race? people that freeload are doing so at the expense of those that pay. God forbid you wreck and need medical help. if that happens I hope they make you pay for it.
and prior participantsnm
Feb 6, 2002 2:07 PM
Now that you announced it on a public forumDoghead
Feb 6, 2002 11:41 AM
Your odds of getting in are even less with all the people that will sign up.
But its during the World Cup!!RutterMan
Feb 6, 2002 12:33 PM
Damn, I would love to do that ride but its during the World Cup so I can't do it, I'll have to stick with the RAMROD for scenery this year.
Now that is a legitimate excuse! nmmorrison
Feb 6, 2002 12:38 PM