For two years now, I have been fascinated following the Race Around Ireland. I love the black box website that tracks this. After being competitive this summer with duathlons, I decided next year I want to try long distance cycling. I will start with the National 24 hour Challenge which is close to my hometown.
I have a long term goal to work up to Races like RAI and RAAM. I would like to start now to plan for the next 2-5 years to get sponsors and a crew together. (Would welcome the opportunity to ride on a team in some of these events as well.) I have no inkling on how to go about doing this. Does anyone know any resources for this? Do sponsorships cover the cost of travel, bikes, chase vehicles? Would love some insight on this.