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Road events problem?(4 posts)

Road events problem?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 18, 2002 5:21 PM
Hi I don't really have road bike problems,but I have road events problem. Can anyone give me some good advice. I plan on doing a Cycling tour in October. My problem is in the month before the Cycling tour has become quite congested. I have some people that want me to do a tour for MS in September. But that tour requires you to raise $200 dollar as a minimum before doing the Tour . I have made a pledge not to do Tours in where I have to raise money. the other problem is that I plan on doing a road race next month. What road event should I do next month? The tour in October is not a money raising tour. Thanks in advance for the advice.
OK...jtolleson
Aug 18, 2002 7:02 PM
you've asked for opinion and everyone's got one. Here's mine.

Do the charity ride. Why not use our sport to give back a little? Charity rides are well supported... for what you get they are a bargain. I've raised $6100 this season over the course of about 1/2 dozen bike events. I really don't understand riders who won't raise a little cash from time to time. We all have friends, relatives, and co-workers. $200 is only 10 contributions of $20 each. If you do it, count on me for $25. I'm dead serious. jtolleson@outspokin.org

Ultimately, it is your money, your time, your bike, and your call. But since you asked, that's my take.
how do you manage to raise money ???PeterRider
Aug 18, 2002 8:19 PM
I see it this way: if somebody asks me to give money for a charity event that I've never heard of, I will look at it twice before giving 20$. OK I'm cheap, but my student budget is tight. I buy used bikes and components used on the web and do the repairs myself. Other people have wives, kids... and have also a tight budget.

And how do you prove to the people you're asking that the money doesn't go in your pocket ???

Well, I am not used to be a beggar, maybe it works...

Pierre
how do you manage to raise money ???jtolleson
Aug 18, 2002 9:10 PM
Well, their checks (or their credit card contributions, if the charity takes 'em) are not made out with my name on them, so presumably unless I'm like a major fraud, no one thinks it goes in my pocket. Every now and then someone wants to give me cash, which I don't necessarily like because you can't turn it in by mail. Then I take the cash and write a check. That may be a trust thing, but that's less than $100 of what I've raised.

I hate the term "begging" for fundraising. Offering people the opportunity to make a charitable contribution (they can say yes or no) is not "begging." It isn't something for nothing, number one, and it isn't for me, number two.

Both "giving" and "getting" are states of mind to a degree, and I do as much as I can of both... 'til it hurts, as they say.