Here in Austin Texas there is a annual race up Jester Blvd. which is a killer hill where you gain something like 400 feet in 4/10 of a mile. Its called the King and Queen of Jester with a male and female class and I don't know what other classes as well. I have never seen it and, sad to say, I think it has not been held for the last two years.
If this race were revived or something similar, I would put up prize money for a class such as is common in dirt track stock car racing -- a "claimer" or "bomber" class. There's a couple of ways this is done to keep racing fun and $$$ down. The top 3 or top 4 finishers are subject to claim and DQ if they refuse to sell their engine for a specified amount to another driver who finishes on the same lap as the 2nd place car and puts up money. At other tracks the entire car is subject to claim. I would implement yet another variation: Sell the spectators raffle tickets for $5 with the proceeds going to a charity. The winning ticket gets the first place bike! I'd pay maybe a $100 cash purse to the winner, $50 second, $25 third. The only thing that would not go with the first place bike would be helmet, gloves, shorts, shirt and rider. How cool would it be to see a bunch of hard core roadies sweating their way up a 20% grade in flip-flops on Wal-Mart Huffys or other beater bikes?
I know there are a substantial number of cyclists who consider roadies super snobs, but I have faith even the most elite would have enough of a sense of humor that they might go for it! Of course, the event could be won by some young BMX dude with multiple piercings!
Anybody ever heard of such a thing, or is this hare-brained scheme original?
Don in Austin