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How to organize a century ?(3 posts)

How to organize a century ?PeterRider
Nov 29, 2002 10:06 AM
I posted this message in the general discussion, but got only one answer, so posting here again - actually, I even have a precise idea of the route I would propose, with 3 ~60, ~80, 100 miles options.

I am considering the idea of organizing a century near LA. 100% mountains in the Angeles National Forest (CA) behind Pasadena. Going only on the low traffic and good condition roads. I would like to know what are the main points/difficulties/how much time it takes for organizing a century.
- volunteers: I would ask people on campus (Caltech), the bike club from JPL, if not enough contact people from USC.
- how many volunteers are needed ? For the Angeles Crest century in september, I think planet ultra limits the number of participants to 80. I would think around 15-20 volunteers ? Let's see, if there are 5 rest stops, 2 persons/rest stop + a few sag vehicles...
- cars and gas. How do you work out the policy for gas ?
- food and drinks: where does the money come from, the 35$ registration fee, sponsors, bike shops around ?
- money: what is the budget ? to me, it looks like most of the money is spent on food/water/gas, am I right ?
- tables, tents. I guess I can get stuff from the Y at school.
- showers after the ride - this is an unknown to me, I don't know if I could find a solution...
- do you subscribe a special insurance, or is the waiver that people have to sign enough ?
- where to advertise ? how much does it cost to advertise ?
- what did I forget ?

Thanks for any info,

Pierre
re: How to organize a century ?Scot_Gore
Nov 30, 2002 9:45 PM
Pierre,

From your post, I can tell you've put alot of thought into putting this century together. But frankly, if I was a participant on your century and I found out that you organizied it without any experience in organizing centuries, I'd be nervous about signing up and sure you missed important details i.e. adequate food, porta-johns, community cooperation, whatever.

If I was you I'd help with someone elses bike ride first, learn from everything they do right AND wrong, take that knowledge and experience, and put on my own ride.

I did a quick Google search and it looks like these folks need help for a ride in May in your region.
http://www.camplaurel.org/bikeride/bikeride.html
Go help them put on their event and keep an eye out for the answers to all your above questions while you do it.
(SIDEBAR: they need some help, $500 min pledge & $100 registration fee. Go give em some good advice from a riders perspective)

I don't think this is the kind of thing that can be answered on a board like this, TOO COMPLEX. There's nothing that can teach like doing.

Good luck
Scot
alright, good idea...PeterRider
Nov 30, 2002 10:32 PM
I'll volunteer to help for a planet ultra century, they have events before that date, and also they have the formula "help one, ride one free". The other guy who is game for being co-"main-organizer" has already helped... Problem is, I was planning to ride ALL of their centuries, so I'll have to skip one for helping :-)

And I'll try to get as much info from them as possible. One thing, also, this is very close to their "Angeles crest century". I'm wondering if they would not get vexed and think that I want to take THEIR thing (which is not at all my intent).

But first, tomorrow I'm riding the planned route to see how hard it is.

Pierre