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Race Lodging(5 posts)

Race LodgingBrokenSpoke
Jan 22, 2003 10:30 PM
Need some suggestions from anyone who has done this. Here in Colorado we have several well known races that attract racers from out of state. The Saturn Classic and the Mt. Evans Hill Climb come to mind. What I am thinking about doing this year, is offering riders who want to come out and race the chance to stay at my house with my family and I. I talked it over with my wife and she is ok with the idea, we have plenty of room so we could handle 2-3 riders, but I am not too sure how to approach this. How would you screen out the flakes from the good folks?

The benefits to the rider(s) are obvious:
Free place to stay
Train at 5,500+ feet
20 miles from Denver, 30 miles from the mountains
Visit an area of the US that he / she would not have visited before

The problem is, provided there was any interest, is picking someone who would fit in with my family for the time they were here, up to a week.

Thoughts? Ideas? Experiences? Cautionary tales?
Nice offer!jesse1
Jan 23, 2003 2:35 AM
This is a generous but somewhat risky endevour. I'd definitley set some guidelines that would suit your lifestyle such as:
Smoking, alchohal, early riser/late to bed, dietary concerns, etc.
You may get about a hundred applicants as this does sound like a nice oppurtunity! Good luck!
re: Race LodgingMike-Wisc
Jan 23, 2003 6:19 AM
How close are you to the races or the start/finish lines?
Are you also a participant in these events?
Are you in a local club or team?
Have you contacted the event coordinators?
Do you participate in any races outside of your region?
How secure is your home and neighborhood?
Do you allow bikes inside the house or only in the garage, or do you have a bike-room (aka: den)?
Are you willing to provide pick-up/drop-off at the airport for the guests?

Any of these questions can lead to answers. The closer you are to the events the more likely it will be for someone to want to stay with you. Or if you are in Boulder or some other well known "training ground" you may get people flying in who want to get acclimated prior to the races. If you're set up with tools and a decent work area you might be able to offer minor wrenching services as well. The event coordinators might be able to help you the best as they have the application info signup sheets, and will hopefully also want to screen you and your family prior to placing someone with you. If you also race or train then you could also offer to be a guide on local training routes, or provide info on routes to avoid. Are you looking for this to be a socializing time with the participants, or are you willing to have someone stay with you who is totally focused on the events so much so that they seem rude or in a daze to anything else? Some competitors are open and friendly and talkative, others are deadly focused prior to an event where they othertimes may be very nice people (I know someone like this who most times it the friendliest person you'd ever meet and will go 100 miles out of his way to help someone, but when he's racing don't even offer to hand him a wrench without him asking for it as he is in total race-focus at event time).

This can be a great way to meet people and make new friends. And it doesn't even have to focus around these two races as there are always tourists traveling through the region there as well. Set your parameters, contact the event coordinators, and contact other local club members (Lonefrontranger might be a good local person there to contact as she seems well informed and tuned in). Once you know your needs and wants, and have compiled the "house rules" of what you expect from and can offer to guests, then you are ready to delve deeper into the issue at hand. I've opened my home to people before, but I've generally had contact with them beforehand through discussion sites like this one so I already knew them a little bit though not in person.

Hope this helps in some way. Your offer is generous, and could turn into a wonderful thing.
Ask Johnmohair_chair
Jan 23, 2003 7:50 AM
If you read John Lieswyn's diary over on cyclingnews.com, he mentions staying with "host families" for certain races. I'm not sure how you become one, but I imagine the first step is to volunteer. Ask him--there's an Email address at the bottom of the page.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/riders/2003/diaries/john/?id=john031
Ask JohnSadlebred
Jan 23, 2003 8:40 AM
If you want to be a "host family" for a race, the best way is to get in touch with the race promoter. Sometimes on local mailing lists of forums, race promoters will ask families to host a few riders from a team for the week.