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story from RAMROD(6 posts)

story from RAMRODyeah right
Aug 9, 2002 7:29 AM
in the spirit of the posts in the last week about nice bikes, snobs, reverse-snobs and the like, here's a good story as told by my dad, who works with a woman in the Redmond Cycling Club (which puts on RAMROD), who was driving a sag wagon for the ride two weeks ago.

anyway, RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainer in One Day) is 150+ mile ride featuring plenty of climbing (to the highest you can go on mt. ranier on roads, and this other killer called cayuse pass). so this guys starts the ride on his c-40, and within a few miles gets hit by a car. he's okay, but the bike is totalled. he really wants to finish the ride, so he calls his wife and tells her to bring the other c-40 he has from home. on the way over, she gets rear-ended, bike totalled. he doesn't give up. he tells her (i guess the car was still drivable), to go to his favorite lbs, where he knows they have a c-40 his size built up, and buy it. guy finished the ride. that's an expensive day on the bike (although I'm sure insurance will help). i normally wouldn't believe this kind of a story, but the fact that it came from someone working the ride gives it a little cred.

have a good friday
I think Ernesto canonized him later that day. nmMXL02
Aug 9, 2002 8:01 AM
An ode to wreched excess, and more $ than sensebrider
Aug 9, 2002 9:35 AM
Any one else would have said, "It's just not my day," and packed it in. Don't know whether to call this guy dedicated or an idiot. And I think any insurance company is going to raise their eyebrows over TWO totalled C-40s in one day.
Well, excess at least.Steve98501
Aug 9, 2002 11:50 AM
I was sick this summer, so I worked as a volunteer at RAMROD instead of riding it this time. So this year I got to see all the 700 riders plus 100 bandits instead of just those who pass me. Excess is relative. This is a different crowd than those who show up at most organized club events. It's a fairly demanding ride with limited slots due to National Park Service restrictions. Participants tend to be pretty hard core and don't give up easily. Bronchitis kept me off my bike for over a month, and it was only after a test ride and a relapse that I reluctantly sold my ticket to another rider. So I suppose to someone who has the money for 3 C-40s in a day that it's just another bicycle, and insurance reimbursement is probably not a serious concern. If the story is true, I'd say the guy had the same determination that most RAMRODders do, and a lot more money than the average.
Aug 9, 2002 12:17 PM
With the amount of training that goes into preparing for a ride like this, I'm sure most riders would do whatever they could if they encountered bike problems at the beginning of the ride. This guy was luckier than most because he lived nearby and had quick access to the other bikes.
re: story from RAMRODCT5
Aug 9, 2002 12:22 PM
Also, the degree of resourcefulness and follow-through that this guy showed is probably part of the reason he can afford two C-40s. I'd hire him in a minute. I might not like him, but I'd hire him.