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Any tips/advice/etc. for charity rides?(11 posts)

Any tips/advice/etc. for charity rides?SJT
Mar 5, 2003 8:47 AM
I'm planning on signing up for a couple of charity rides (Tour de Cure (diabetes), Ride 4 Roswell (cancer), and the MS Bike Tour) this spring/summer and wanted to know what your experiences are of these sort of events? Are they generally fun, boring, worthwhile, challenging...? The diabetes ride is real close to my heart because my father has diabetes and many other family members have/had it. I think signing up for these events will give me more motivation to hit my trainer harder and more often for the next couple of months. I'd also love to raise a few hundred dollars for these causes. I'd love to hear any stories you might have of a charity ride. The rides I am looking at take place in upstate or western NY. Thanks.
-Steve
Raise money, pick a tent mate and bring some ear plugs. (nm)onespeed
Mar 5, 2003 8:50 AM
Have a tent mate...my girlfriend:)SJT
Mar 5, 2003 9:05 AM
But all but one of the rides I am looking at are single-day events, so camping doesn't apply. Thanks for your advice.
-Steve
TdCAndy M-S
Mar 5, 2003 9:34 AM
You will run into some people who don't know how to ride, and others who think they do, and some who think it's a race. Beware.

Some rides make it very clear that anyone caught drafting will be pulled; I don't recall that from the one TdC I did, but on last year's AIDSRide, it was explicit.

Remember that it's not a race--it can be fun to find someone of about your own ability and speed and have a conversation as you ride along.

And thanks, from a 32-year vet of diabetes...
Your girlfriend? ;) (nm)joekm
Mar 5, 2003 10:47 AM
prepare for the worst riders on the planetDougSloan
Mar 5, 2003 9:00 AM
Did one Saturday. It was a human idiot obstacle course. Four abreast, weaving, stopping in the middle of the road, people standing right next to the food table with their tandem while eating, blocking the table for everyone else. People, get a clue.

Be careful. Idiots who ride 10 miles the rest of the year only on bike paths come out for these things.

Doug
prepare for the worst riders on the planetSJT
Mar 5, 2003 9:03 AM
Do they allow more "experienced" riders to head up the pack so they don't have to deal with the people who ride twice a year on paved bike path? I'm not expecting to see the organization you might find at a race, but it would be nice if I could make the ride enjoyable. Thanks for your comments.
-Steve
prepare for the worst riders on the planetDougSloan
Mar 5, 2003 9:18 AM
I've usually seen these things have staggered starts, and the early ones are usually those who expect to take longer. Plus, they sometimes have shorter routes for some people, and the routes may rejoin later on in the longer routes.

If there is a mass start and no mixing of courses, it should not be a problem for the faster riders. In any event, just be careful. You get all kinds of riders and riding.

Doug
if it is an all day event ...the bull
Mar 5, 2003 9:59 AM
expect to eat lunch for late breakfast.
prepare for the worst riders on the planetJS Haiku Shop
Mar 5, 2003 10:02 AM
start at the front, stay near the front, be careful, make no assumptions based on bike or rider appearance. skip or make short work of the first SAG stop. those most dangerous will more than likely spend a good amount of time "resting".
My thoughts exaxtly! nmdzrider
Mar 5, 2003 11:52 AM