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Old 02-22-11, 08:55 AM   #1
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Any interest in a C/A group at the Indy Tour de Cure?

The Indianapolis edition of the Tour de Cure takes place Saturday, June 11. Road routes include 50K and 75K options, and end with a victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (on the track, not out on 16th and Georgetown ). There are also options for a century on the track itself (40 laps) and a set-your-own-distance recreational ride on the track.

I'm thinking about signing up and doing the 50K at a relaxed pace. I thought the chance to join up with like-minded riders, and the opportunity to ride a lap at the Speedway might be interesting for some who are within a reasonable distance of the Circle City.

Registration is $15 until March 15th, after which it goes up to $25. Minimum fund-raising requirement is $150. Anybody think they might like to do this with me?
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I wish I lived closer. Your TdC sounds cooler than mine.

Maybe we can convince the NC group to do it at the Charlotte Motor Speedway next year. Course, that's like 150 miles from where I live, but still...
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The Indianapolis edition of the Tour de Cure takes place Saturday, June 11. Road routes include 50K and 75K options, and end with a victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (on the track, not out on 16th and Georgetown ). There are also options for a century on the track itself (40 laps) and a set-your-own-distance recreational ride on the track.

I'm thinking about signing up and doing the 50K at a relaxed pace. I thought the chance to join up with like-minded riders, and the opportunity to ride a lap at the Speedway might be interesting for some who are within a reasonable distance of the Circle City.

Registration is $15 until March 15th, after which it goes up to $25. Minimum fund-raising requirement is $150. Anybody think they might like to do this with me?
I'm really, really tempted. Since my plans for riding cross country blew up I'm casting around for ways to be awesome. Everything is dependent on my knees, but I should know what's going to happen with my joints in the next few weeks.

It would be fun to participate, and Tom Stormcrowe and I have been trying to meet for years.
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I want to do this sometime at IMS. I've dreamed my entire life of racing on that track, this is as close as I'll ever come to doing it. I would do the "set your own distance" on the track, and do as many laps as they would let me until they kicked me off!

Won't be this year though. Probably after the kids are grown. There was a group that did it a year or two ago, not C/A specific if I recall. Have you posted in the Charity Ride or Indy forums? Good luck.
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I haven't posted anywhere else about this yet, because it's still a relatively new wild hare for me, and right now, my main objective in collecting a group is that it be a friendly, relaxed bunch, and you all are the friendliest bunch, and most likely to be relaxed, of anybody on the forum. But I'll keep the other places in mind, should I need to drum up interest elsewhere.

I'm about 95% sure I'm gonna do this myself whether anyone else wants to or not; I just thought that since there are other folks on here from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and points farther afield, it might be a good opportunity to bring some of us together for something that would be fun and memorable.
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CraigB,

Myself, Mrs. Zoxe, and father inlaw are signed up for TdC Indy. For Mrs. Zoxe and I, this will be our 3rd year straight. Two years ago we were on Team Stormcrowe, and last year we formed our own family team (my parents and brother joined us). We do the fun ride around the track and for the past 2 years have hit our goals of 50+ miles (we're not century riders and don't intend to be).

It's great to be able to hook up with people at breakfast and smile and wave at them all day.
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I was on a couple of those Team Stormcrowe rides. Fun stuff indeed! Won't be able to attend this year though. I do know 10wheels, and Philcycle are signed up again this year and always look for fellow BF folks to meet up with.
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I am in for my third 100 mile ride.

You don't have to complete the 100 miles
Sign up and see have far you can last.

They have a nice lunch from 11:30 to 1:30 PM
They also have two or three rest stops for drinks or snacks on the track.







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hmm... I might be up for that. Bet I can get some people from my church to do this too. We are starting a weekly group ride after church on Sundays.
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I'd join you but I'm already in a corporate team, as captain. I've done the 100 the last two years but this year will probably be 75k. It's a hoot to ride the track and I'd encourage anyone to do it once. There's always a snack/water stop between turns 1 & 2, and another between 3 & 4! Usually a crowd around the start/finish line cheering you on, taking photos etc. And the track is smooth, flat and fast. There is shallow banking on the turns, bit if you stay low it can be avoided.
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I'm really, really tempted. Since my plans for riding cross country blew up I'm casting around for ways to be awesome. Everything is dependent on my knees, but I should know what's going to happen with my joints in the next few weeks.

It would be fun to participate, and Tom Stormcrowe and I have been trying to meet for years.
I'm out. I couldn't get the time off. Sorry!
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That looks like a great time.
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Looks like a number of folks are already in, for one ride or another. Maybe I'll just sign up myself, and sometime before the date we can all coordinate a meeting time and spot for the morning of the ride, and see where it all goes from there.

One question, though - if you sign up for the 100 mile track ride, but figure you won't make it the whole distance, how do you handle per-mile pledges? Isn't the money turned in at the start? Sorry, but the last time I was involved in fund-raising was when I sold boxes of butter mints for little league.

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Looks like a number of folks are already in, for one ride or another. Maybe I'll just sign up myself, and sometime before the date we can all coordinate a meeting time and spot for the morning of the ride, and see where it all goes from there.

One question, though - if you sign up for the 100 mile track ride, but figure you won't make it the whole distance, how do you handle per-mile pledges? Isn't the money turned in at the start? Sorry, but the last time I was involved in fund-raising was when I sold boxes of butter mints for little league.
I don't think pledges are per mile. It's usually just a donation in your name.
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I arrived at 5:30 AM. Ride around on some of the back track roads to warm up.
The track access opens about 7 AM.
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No one cares how far you ride.

Just you.

They record your miles on your honor what you tell them.
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I hadn't heard of Felt Bikes until I visited a MDBS (Medium Distance Bike Shop) Now I'm seeing them all the time. 10Wheels: What model is this?
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Neil is correct. You raise the funds prior via donations, and then turn them in day of at the check in area. The volunteers, track officials, and the TdC staffers have it down to a science. Once inside, you'll be very impressed with the organization they put forth.
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Neil is correct. You raise the funds prior via donations, and then turn them in day of at the check in area. The volunteers, track officials, and the TdC staffers have it down to a science. Once inside, you'll be very impressed with the organization they put forth.
Also, much of the fundraising is done electronically, so you might not need to turn in anything.
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Looks like a number of folks are already in, for one ride or another. Maybe I'll just sign up myself, and sometime before the date we can all coordinate a meeting time and spot for the morning of the ride, and see where it all goes from there.

One question, though - if you sign up for the 100 mile track ride, but figure you won't make it the whole distance, how do you handle per-mile pledges? Isn't the money turned in at the start? Sorry, but the last time I was involved in fund-raising was when I sold boxes of butter mints for little league.
Posters above are correct that typically you don't raise money based on distance ridden, but in fact you could do it that way if you wanted. You can continue collecting donations for some time after the event - about a month. So you could make a deal with people to pay per mile or lap, and collect afterwards. It would be up to you to count laps, though.

Really it's about maximizing dollars raised, so use whatever technique works best to reach that end.
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Hey, you got me in there. Wow do I look goofy. I like the "fast rec" tag though.
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I would love to, and my wife even has a sister in Indy she could see. Alas, it appears almost inevitable that I am destined to be in recovery mode for a knee.

Hopefully, next year.
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Well, I registered for the ride, as an individual cyclist. As soon as I can figure out the ups, downs, ins and outs of my personal donation webpage stuff, I'll put a link in my sig here, or something. And probably do something on Facebook as well.

Should be a lot of fun!
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