Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 22 of 22
  1. #1
    Senior Member RockyMtnMerlin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Laramie Wyoming
    My Bikes
    Merlin Extralight Topolino Wheels Campy Record
    Posts
    2,972
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Big Time Sports Business Comes to Cycling in USA

    I think this is new at the Tour of Georgia for this year. For a mere $25,000 you can do the following. Do you think it is a good thing? Would you do it if you had the money?

    YELLOW JERSEY

    Limited to 1 member at $25,000

    BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE

    * Watch the race finish and awards from special VIP section located next to the awards stage located on the finish line
    * Six (6) tickets to the opening gala in Savannah, GA -including accommodations for two (2) nights stay at The Mulberry Inn on April 19th and 20th, 2008
    * Six (6) tickets to the overall finish in Downtown Atlanta -including accommodations for two (2) nights stay at TWELVE Centennial on April 26th and 27th, 2008
    * Six (6) tickets for the Atlanta VIP reception following Stage 7 in Atlanta, GA on April 27, 2008
    * Six (6) tickets for VIP hospitality for any 2 stages
    * Six (6) tickets to the official team dinner


    Caravan Rides
    One (1) space to experience the chance of a lifetime and ride in one of the VIP vehicles for one lap of the overall finish circuit race in downtown Atlanta, GA

    Train with the Pro’s
    Two (2) month’s of professional coaching from Kevin Livingston through his own training system and company, “Pedal Hard .” Package valued at $625.00

    Official Tour de Georgia gift bag
    Commemorative Tour de Georgia Jersey, Polo, Hat, Commemorative Poster, Water Bottle and Official Spectator Guide

    * Helicopter Ride, for one, on Stage 6 – Blairsville to Brasstown Bald
    * Autographed Yellow Jersey of Overall Tour de Georgia winner.
    * Autographed jersey from each overall Stage Jersey Winner
    * of the 2008 Tour de Georgia’s five (5) winners - Leaders, King of the Mountain, Sprint, Best Young Rider & Most Aggressive 
    * One (1) Litespeed Limited Edition Tour de Georgia Bike

  2. #2
    Senior Member bvfrompc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,278
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    no

  3. #3
    Extra Medium Member redtires's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Louisville, Co
    My Bikes
    Fuji Roubaix 1.0 (Sampson Kalispell Ti GONE); VooDoo Wanga (Specialized Stumpy: GONE)
    Posts
    1,602
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd do it for $24,999.00. I would want to save a buck to buy a diet pepsi.
    Coming to you from and brought to you by:
    Department of redundancy department.

  4. #4
    Senior Member zimbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,040
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If I had multiple millions of dollars, sure I would--mostly because I'd be financially supporting something I love while at the same time getting an up-close-and-personal view of the event. I'd try to negotiate being able to ride the stages before the races in a supported manner as part of the package.

    --Steve

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Ft Mill, SC
    My Bikes
    Parlee Z4, Storck C1.1
    Posts
    1,170
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can fly in a russian fighter jet for that kind of money. I would take the MiG.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    "Crawling from the wreckage"
    Posts
    523
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The ToC had some high priced deals like this.
    "I knew the bride...."

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    3,918
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What no socks? ...... NO
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

  8. #8
    cmh
    cmh is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,264
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Its worth it just for the gift bag.

    Actually the heli ride would be really cool, but not $25k cool.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Washington DC
    Posts
    965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For 25k, I'd want to be able to ride every stage and they let me win. And I keep the bike at the end, plus polo shirt and hat.

  10. #10
    The Truth Ih8lucky13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Miami
    My Bikes
    Felt f4c, Felt RXC, Guerciotti Khaybar,Guerciotti EM-2, Cervelo P-3.
    Posts
    2,291
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would rather spend my money like Elliot Spitzer.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Keith99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    5,754
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by zimbo View Post
    If I had multiple millions of dollars, sure I would--mostly because I'd be financially supporting something I love while at the same time getting an up-close-and-personal view of the event. I'd try to negotiate being able to ride the stages before the races in a supported manner as part of the package.

    --Steve
    I tend to agree. Sometimes things like this can be very sweet, sometimes they suck, so if I was in hte market I would check out how pay to play VIPs were treated in the past.

    For me many things come before cycling so I'd pass, and if I was going to go this route I'd more likely support the Tour of California. But for a good ole boy from the south who is into ccling and has done well in life (eg has money) it does sound sweet.

  12. #12
    Mo No steelblue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    fog city, CA
    My Bikes
    Eddy Merckx, Klein Q-pro, Klein Rascal, Joe Breezer
    Posts
    351
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For the Tour of Gerogia, a definite no. For the TdF, yes.

  13. #13
    cmh
    cmh is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,264
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ih8lucky13 View Post
    I would rather spend my money like Elliot Spitzer.
    Good thinking. Maybe some special treatment on the Heli ride would make it worth the 25k.

  14. #14
    Cat WTF
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,297
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Take away the Litespeed and the package would be about 8 bucks.

  15. #15
    Announcer EventServices's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    In the drops.
    My Bikes
    Too many and not enough
    Posts
    4,994
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are some wealthy cycling fanatics out there who would have the means and desire.
    I think it's a good way to add value to those who travel in that circle. Not too many of us qualify.

    IMO, the heli ride would be a snore-fest, but it would make it easier to get down off of BTB.

  16. #16
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,795
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Couldn't you take the $25K and become a minor investor in one of the smaller teams? You'd get all the same access. Heck, probably more. They might rope you into driving one of the cars or changing wheels.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  17. #17
    Burning Matches. ElJamoquio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    Motobecane Le Champion SL, Cervelo P2SL
    Posts
    9,663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If someone offered to pay this for *me* to go, I'd turn them down. I just couldn't deal with all that waste.
    Reacting is mind candy; it requires no thought. Thinking is tedious.

    Bikeforums 'Group Buy': Kinlin Rims, Sapim/DT Spokes, Formula/Bitex Hubs


    "The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die."
    -Steve Prefontaine

  18. #18
    Senior Member RockyMtnMerlin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Laramie Wyoming
    My Bikes
    Merlin Extralight Topolino Wheels Campy Record
    Posts
    2,972
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Interesting responses. Upon reflection, I think if I had the 25K I would pay teachers' salaries (yes more than one) in a 3rd world country. Much better return on the $.

  19. #19
    Fattest Thin Man Az B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Directly above the center of the earth
    My Bikes
    Miyata 610, Vinco V, Rocky Mountain Element
    Posts
    2,649
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    Interesting responses. Upon reflection, I think if I had the 25K I would pay teachers' salaries (yes more than one) in a 3rd world country. Much better return on the $.
    Classy answer! If you were running for president, I'd vote for you.

    Az

  20. #20
    Peloton Dog patentcad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Chester, NY
    My Bikes
    2013 Scott Foil, 2009 Scott Addict R2, 2008 Cervelo P3 TT bike, 2008 Motobecane Fly Ti Hard Tail MTB
    Posts
    56,078
    Mentioned
    26 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    Interesting responses. Upon reflection, I think if I had the 25K I would pay teachers' salaries (yes more than one) in a 3rd world country. Much better return on the $.
    Sweet Mother of Merckx shut the F up and ride your friggin bike you holier than thou WEENIE.


  21. #21
    Burning Matches. ElJamoquio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    Motobecane Le Champion SL, Cervelo P2SL
    Posts
    9,663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Az B View Post
    Classy answer! If you were running for president, I'd vote for you.

    Az
    I'm running for Supreme Overlord. I promise to spend all the money on Zipps and Powertaps. And what the hell, an SRM or two. Maybe matching R3-SL/P3/SLC-SL's. And what the $25k doesn't cover, I'll just embezzle.

    But I promise kickbacks to my loyal supporters.
    Reacting is mind candy; it requires no thought. Thinking is tedious.

    Bikeforums 'Group Buy': Kinlin Rims, Sapim/DT Spokes, Formula/Bitex Hubs


    "The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die."
    -Steve Prefontaine

  22. #22
    Senior Member RockyMtnMerlin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Laramie Wyoming
    My Bikes
    Merlin Extralight Topolino Wheels Campy Record
    Posts
    2,972
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Sweet Mother of Merckx shut the F up and ride your friggin bike you holier than thou WEENIE.
    Well not really, I could have employed at least one teacher in Mexico for what I paid for the Merlin. But no, just had to have the Ti bike. Hell it is not even recycled Ti. There, now I feel less weenie.
    I did vacation in Mexico this winter and left more than a few $$ down there. Now I feel even better.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •