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Who has done Ride for the Roses?(8 posts)

Who has done Ride for the Roses?fracisco
Jan 20, 2003 10:32 AM
I see that this year's Ride for the Roses is late October, which fits better in my schedule.

I'm curious, though, who has done the event, and would you consider doing it again?
Ride for the Rosesbsdc
Jan 20, 2003 10:53 AM
It's a great ride. The best organized ride I've been to. I plan on doing it each year. It's easy for me since I'm in Austin. I'm working on getting my old riding buddy to come down from Seattle and do it with me. It's actually a whole weekend of events. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. But be prepared for crowds. It's become quite a large event.

Tentative 2003 Schedule

Friday, October 24, 2003
Health & Sports Expo
Peloton Project Private Ride with Lance
Peloton Project Dinner

Saturday, October 25, 2003
Run for the Roses
Health & Sports Expo
Panel Discussion
Rock for the Roses

Sunday, October 26, 2003
Ride for the Roses
Post Ride Party
I was there in 2000!Asphalt Addict
Jan 20, 2003 11:05 AM
Thousands of riders! Road cones for first couple of miles were horrendous with multiple riders crashing. Think of it as pouring water from a swimming pool into a test tube. Some blind intersections in countryside were not monitored and I almost saw a rider get flattened by a truck as he crossed. Ride was more like 70 miles instead of advertised 100k. The price (donation) was steep at $50. Some positives were that you got to see Lance and the sponsorship was excellent. Heck of a food layout at finish. IMHO it's comparable to Hotter N' Hell size wise but the organization isn't as good(at least in 2000).
I've done it three times. This year will be 4 years.Dave Hickey
Jan 20, 2003 11:12 AM
IMHO, it's one of the best rides of the year. Great atmosphere, good course, and a lot of celebrities. Regulars include Eddy Merckx, Eric Heiden, Robin Williams and of course, Lance. If you plan on doing it, make a weekend out of it. The Health and Wellness Expo is worth a visit. It has a lot of of the latest cycling gear as well as great bargins. I'm a cancer survivor so it has special meaning for me, but I'd do the event even if I weren't a survivor.
re: Who has done Ride for the Roses?HillRepeater
Jan 20, 2003 11:24 AM
Did it last year - it was the first big group ride I'd ever done and it was huge. Seem to be well organized, though it's hard to limit stupidity when you have that many riders. We did the 70 mile ride, which was closer to 80 miles. Didn't stop at any of the rest stops, but they looked to be well spaced and manned. Free beer, sandwiches, cookies and live music afterwards. Got to see Jared from Subway and Robin Williams (got to see Lance, too, but I live in Austin so seeing him is pretty common!).

The biggest complaint was the route. The ride is on the east side of Austin, which is flat and not nearly as scenic as some of the hill country routes out west. The ride used to be out west, I believe - not sure why they moved it.

I plan on doing it again this year. They've raised the 'entry fee' to $100 in donations, I believe - but it's well worth it and for a good cause.
Last yr's RFR was greatLeroy
Jan 20, 2003 4:30 PM
I'm going back. I have a brother in Austin, and we're all on board for 2003. I don't care what the entry fee is, it's the best ride and the greatest cause - if you're not a survivor yourself, you can ride on someone's behalf. I wouldn't miss it.
Done it last two years. . .js5280
Jan 20, 2003 8:57 PM
And plan to be back this year. I have good friends in the Austin area to stay with, it can get a little expensive with airfare for you (and your bike grrrrrr :-( ) hotel, and enterance fee. It is a great time though. Austin is a fun city, you most likely will catch at least a glimpse of Lance, and get to hang out with thousands of other cycling ethusiasts. It's pretty moving to see how many cancer survivors and victims are really out there. I'm a survivor as well so it's my chance to fulfil part of my obligation and meet people from this board and a testicular cancer discussion board I belong to. It's a non-stop party weekend and somehow after copious Tex-Mex, margartias, and socializing, I still manage to tick off 100 miles on Sunday :-) I highly recommend it.
Did it in 2000 -- Yes, it is worth doing.Gregory Taylor
Jan 21, 2003 9:47 AM
Good cause, good ride. I'd love to do it again. I got to do it in 2000 as part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Peloton Project. They have a program where if you raise enough money for the Foundation, they fly you out to Austin for the ride. Sweet.

My main memories of the ride were the of the mass start -- 8,000 riders all launching at once and everyone trying to ride with Lance. We hit a section of highway where the police had used orange traffic cones to mark off a lane for the bikes to use. The pack was so huge (and fast -- we had a great tailwind) that it spread out into the traffic lane. This got VERY squirrley as the cones were now running through the middle of the pack, and folks were hitting them right left and center. After too many close calls, I backed off and watched the mayhem...

I didn't raise enough to make the trip in 2001 and 2002 (despite raising more $$$ than in 2000). I've signed up to raise money again this year -- donations would be appreciated!