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How much prize money do you win?(9 posts)

How much prize money do you win?Qubeley
Apr 23, 2003 5:31 AM
For the weekend(or weekday nights) racers, how much money do you usually win each month? How much you have to pay?
I had 8 races this year, cost $200+ reg, made $90+ by placing well in 2 races.
LMAO -- win? money? funny guy... :-) nmDougSloan
Apr 23, 2003 6:31 AM
re: How much prize money do you win?brider
Apr 23, 2003 9:13 AM
If you're good, you might break even. I think one year I came close (as a Cat 3). Best way to do it, though, is to pool the team winnings (you ARE on a team, right?) and have a big party at the end of the season.
Last year...$15 totalBipedZed
Apr 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Lets see, 50 races, about an average of $20 a race...

Most of the time I placed I got prizes, some pretty nice ones actually.

Timbuk2 messenger bag
Box of Clif bars
Giro helmet
Ultegra SPD pedals
Bronze medal

I don't do this for the money - I do it for the adoration of my fan club. Which is basically me.
you are too modestDougSloan
Apr 23, 2003 1:19 PM
Your fan club includes many here (but that won't put gas in the car, either). :-)

Doug
you do better as a woman sprinter in the Midwest but still...lonefrontranger
Apr 23, 2003 5:33 PM
I used to do a lot of crit racing in the Midwest, where prize lists and primes are pretty healthy. Although many women's crits in that region have prize lists almost as deep or sometimes deeper than field participation, I have yet to break even, and I used to be a shameless prime whore, too.

Out here I'm racing against fields of 25-30 with UCI pros in for prize lists of $100 to three places. Think I'll win any loot, sheeit boy, think again. Tho come to think of it in four short weeks' racing, I've won $40 in cash and $60 worth of merchandise this year for 1 win and 1 2nd place.

Last year I won a couple hundred bucks, most of it at a stage race. Which promptly went (a mere drop in the bucket too, might I add) to service the engine we blew in the van getting to said stage race.

This is a sport where you spend thousands to make latte' change.
masters?DougSloan
Apr 23, 2003 7:32 PM
How are the women's masters fields around there? Better or worse for you?

Doug
Masters = Cat 4 herelonefrontranger
Apr 24, 2003 4:58 AM
The 35+ and 4s race in the same field most of the time, so it's basically like going back to race 4s again. I'm racing Elite and not Masters unless I need an "easy" week. Although many of the 4s are as strong or stronger than many of the 2s and 3s here.
Big fat total ofNo_sprint
Apr 24, 2003 12:21 PM
zero. Oh well.

In my area, racin' anything but 3s and up you'll likely not break even. If you're winnin' enough to make anything, you'll likely cat up pretty quick. If you're a decent 3 you've got a good shot provided you don't cat up to 2, which is no man's land. We've got such large fields that prize money is pretty good and primes are very fine for many of the races. 3s prize money is often $500 with pro/1/2 often $2000 to $10000.

Last year in the women's 1,2,3 at Redlands, the winner lapped the field and took most of the primes. I think she must have walked away with nearly $400 in cash primes plus some very fine goods.