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    independant/rebel/cool fundraising rides

    I need to find 10 independant/rebel/cool fundraising rides to do next season. Any suggestions? I've got a bet to win and I want to do it in style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quickdhowes
    I need to find 10 independant/rebel/cool fundraising rides to do next season. Any suggestions? I've got a bet to win and I want to do it in style.
    you might want to be a little specific about your criteria, friend. We all have different definitions of indie cool. What's yours?

    My suggestion -- a cyclist asking if there are cool independent fundraising rides is like a climber asking if there are any funky, awesome mountains that can be climbed (preferablly one where the summit is shaped like a mohawk). Those entities probably exist, but they may be hard to find and they probably sound like better experiences than what they actually are. You might be better off taking an established event, but participating in a rebel/cool style. Do an AIDS fundraiser on a fixed gear. Take a tallbike on a charity century. Enter a 24 hour mountain bike race on a cyclocross bike with no suspension.

    Anyone can do a google search for "independent/rebel/cool blah". Doing something established in a new way takes actual creativity.

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    I suppose you're right. Anyways... I guess I'm just looking for some great fundraising rides throughout the U.S. I figure what better way to find some great events than to ask those who have already done some of those events and are qualified to make judgments as to which are the "best." So..... which events are your favorite? Which ones would you recomend? Which ones would you like to be supported?

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    Oh, you hadn't specified in the US <throws list of rides away...>

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    There aren't many truly charity, fund-raising long rides in my neck of the woods. The MS rides are 150 miles in two days. Not long enough. I enjoyed the Ride for World Health, a century (with shorter options) that was run in early April out of Oxford, Ohio (put on by the Miami University School of Public Health). It was a very pretty course. And that time of the year, you're almost guaranteed to get terrible weather, which definitely adds to the "indie/cool" aspect of the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quickdhowes
    I suppose you're right. Anyways... I guess I'm just looking for some great fundraising rides throughout the U.S. I figure what better way to find some great events than to ask those who have already done some of those events and are qualified to make judgments as to which are the "best." So..... which events are your favorite? Which ones would you recomend? Which ones would you like to be supported?
    I cut my teeth doing MS150 rides, and out in Massachusetts, their Great Mass Getaway, which goes from Boston to Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod has been a nice two-day ride. They used to have a fantastic two-day up in New Hampshire (the NH Surf'N'Turf) which, imho, had better, more challenging terrain but unfortunately the ride's since been cancelled. One of the charities I've been meaning to ride for is the American Diabetes Association and their New England Classic which is a seven day tour of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Both the Tour De Cure and MS150 rides benefit from relatively low fundraising minimums, which would help you if you're planning on doing multiple charity rides in a year (lest you encounter donor fatigue)

    The closest thing to some kind of indie/punk fundraiser around Boston is probably the Bikes not Bombs Bikeathon which raises funds for a non-profit cycling organization that teaches inner-city kids how to maintain and repair bikes, ships old bikes off to developing countries and also assisted in collecting bikes to be sent to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Their routes aren't particularly challenging, but they are rather pretty.

    More recently, and for a good challenge, I did the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonee which is ostensibly a fundraising ride for the Franklin Land Trust, going towards land conservation in and around the Pioneer Valley. 100 miles, with 70 miles of off-road, doubletrack and fire-road and 11,000 feet of climbing. Freaking brutal experience but with utterly gorgeous scenery. We started at 6 in the morning, and the first checkpoint (at 33 miles) was set to close at 10am as it was booked as a 12 hour ride. I didn't get there until 10:30, and the staffers kept the checkpoint open because at 10am less than a third of the field had arrived in time. Anyone who completed the 100 mi portion of that ride (there's also a 100K option) gets serious props in my book.

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    I'm not sure what you mean by independant, but this is a friendly, fun ride in May. It starts in the Portland metro area, goes through farms and forests over the coast range and ends at the Pacific Ocean, right next to a micro-brewery.

    Reach The Beach

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    Hey thanks guys, this is helping out a lot! I'm seeing a number of great options for next year. And to clarify some more (sorry i know I am a bit vague) I'm looking mainly for rides that haven't been consumed by major corporate sponsors. I don't want to do some Disani ride for pink. I want to do the slightly more localized fundraiser rides put on by a cool town or bike shop.

    thaks a ton!

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    You might look at this one, Moab Skinny Tire Festival, fundraiser for Lance Armstrong Foundation
    http://www.skinnytirefestival.com/skinny.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by quickdhowes
    I need to find 10 independant/rebel/cool fundraising rides to do next season. Any suggestions? I've got a bet to win and I want to do it in style.
    If you really want to do 10 independant/rebel/cool fundraising rides - why don't you make up ten challenging rides yourself and raise some money for charity that way? What could be more independant/rebel than a 1 person ride....the cool bit will depend on you, your bike and the rides you choose to do.
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    Here is one that might fit your criteria:
    http://www.ride4areason.org/pros/index.shtml

    Great route if you like hills :-)

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    You might be able to get someone to sponsor you for this www.worldnakedbikeride.com

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    http://www.sanmarhome.org/tgbt/index.htm

    This might fit your bill. Four-day tour in July of the C&O Canal Towpath (dirt, but mostly rideable on a touring or 'cross bike), from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, DC. Benefits a local children's home; sponsored by a local bike shop, the National Park Service, and a company called "First Data Corporation." Dunno if that last qualifies as a "major corporate" sponsor, but I've never heard of 'em.

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    This was a great ride, but it's pretty much corporate. Tour de Cure Napa-ride through the valley to Healdsburg, mostly through vineyards.

    http://tour.diabetes.org/site/PageSe...me=TC_homepage

    This one is more local, once again great course in Sonoma County

    http://www.mrsnv.com/evt/home.jsp?id=805

    I did the Tour de Cure this year and Two Rocks Ride last year-might do both next year.

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