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Race LodgingBrokenSpoke
Jan 22, 2003 10:29 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?
re: Race LodgingNo_sprint
Jan 23, 2003 9:53 AM
Referrals. The more people who know both parties, the better. Each year a couple of well known teams members who live in Colorado contact our team for places to stay down this way for limited periods of time until it warms back up a little in CO.
Are you in GreeleyPack Meat
Jan 24, 2003 8:47 AM
Where do you live? I'm just wondering, I'm in Denver.
Are you in GreeleyBrokenSpoke
Jan 24, 2003 9:16 AM
Nope, Parker. Land of rolling hills and farmland if your ride out toward Elizabeth
re: Race Lodgingkg1
Jan 27, 2003 3:24 PM
I put up two racers for two weeks during our local racing season. The experience was very interesting. One racer was a kid (18) just getting into cycling, and the other was his mentor and was just getting out (34 with a child at home). Both raced with the pros.

I learned a lot from the experience and felt it worthwhile.

If I could do it over, I would lay down a few more rules. I told them they could use our phone to make long-distance calls. However, I wound up with a pretty big bill (about $80). Their buddies were racing in Europe. In addition, the 18 year-old was staying in the basement with the computer. I told them to go ahead and use if for internet and email. That was a mistake in that I now get porn spam galore. While they were very polite and nice to my children, in some ways, I feel like they took advantage. We gave them a lot, and didn't get much in return.

But as I said, it was a learning experience. In talking with these guys, I learned that I don't have enough imagination (talent aside) to have ever seen myself as a professional bike racer. I learned there is tremendous comradarie among the racers. I learned that many of them don't make enough money to feed themselves rice and beans, let alone take care of a family.

One of the racers told me that he started racing at 14 and was on the national team at age 16. In a very real way, his future was determined at that point -- he was going to be a bike racer. Done at age 34 with no real education (the school kind). I am thankful my life has taken a different turn.

I learned that the racers have groupies, even the married ones with young children at home. That was a little disappointing to me.

I am glad I did it, but I don't think I'll do it again.

Hope that helps.

kg
re: Race LodgingBrokenSpoke
Jan 28, 2003 8:13 PM
Thanks to everyone for the input. After futher discussion with my wife, I think we are going to give it a go. I will post something here in the next week or so. One thing everyone has mentioned consistantly is setting the ground rules up front and adhering to them. Also limiting the number of visitors at a given time. Thanks again everyone.