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Old 04-08-08, 11:12 PM   #1
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Outrageous Entry Fees

Maybe it's just me...
but I was thinking about inviting some of y'all to join me for a 4-person team at The 508. But here's what they're charging this year:

Solo: $400
Tandem: $750
2X Team: $750
4X Team or Two Tandem Team: $1400
4 Tandem Team: $2400

Now - here are some other race entry fees to compare:

Hoodoo 500:
$275 Solo and Voyager
$495 Tandems and Two-Person Team
$895 Four-Person Team
$1,395 Eight-Person Tandem Team

Race Across Oregon:
$350.00 solo
$575.00 two person
$950.00 four person

From what I understand - all the races pretty much provide the same thing: Route book, time stations and finisher medal. I think they all give a finisher jersey. Hoodoo and RAO have a post-race banquet. Furnace Creek has a buy-it-yourself breakfast. Utah is sounding better and better... Anyone up for a 4-person team HOODOO???

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Old 04-08-08, 11:16 PM   #2
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i'm on a 4-man RAAM team this year(can't believe i'm saying that...). if it appeals to me as much as i think it won't, then i might be in.
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Huh? Who you riding RAAM with Chuckles?
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Old 04-09-08, 12:29 AM   #4
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i'm on a 4-man RAAM team this year(can't believe i'm saying that...). if it appeals to me as much as i think it won't, then i might be in.
What! When I first met you I was riding a double century and you said something like... "you are crazy, I don't do long distance" or somthing to that matter. Can I be on your team?
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team inspiration.

i basically just got "lucky" and someone i know(rick schulze) unfortunately wasn't able to do it this year, so he asked if i wanted his spot on the team. the spot is paid for, so i'm not having to pay anything other than what i'll need in race food, misc equipment, etc.
no, long distance/endurance events are not my bag, but this was an opportunity i didn't feel i could pass on. so i'm gonna do my best to prepare and be ready when the time comes, and hopefully do a good job. i'll be meeting the team leader next week and we'll be discussing just how the rotations will work, etc., and how to play to my strengths. 6 hours a day broken down into 1 or 2 hour stints seems doable, but i think what i'm going to do in the two months leading up to the race is do a couple of 2.5-3 hour rides a day, 4 times a week. with some intensity and speed work thrown in.

i have to say that i am completely honored and humbled by rick's faith in my ability, and i'm gonna bust my ass to get ready for this thing and try to reward that faith. i'll also be racing and training to race almost every weekend leading up to the start so i can reach the goal i'd set for myself before i knew i was doing RAAM.
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Wow! My wife should never complain again about my $20-30 USAC race entries.
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That's too bad that they raised the 508 fees so much. Maybe they saw what RAAM was getting for their entries and decided they could make more money. It sure seems like a lot of money for the little they give you.
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Old 04-09-08, 09:38 AM   #9
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I was considering doing one of these events, but now I'm going to need an itemized list of what my money goes towards.
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Old 04-09-08, 10:31 AM   #10
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A local century ride goes for $60.00. T-shirt, food stops and finish meal included. Club makes a good profit on the deal. Supply and demand; the event fills up early. So the price can keep climbing. Ten years ago I sagged on a Double where the fee was ~ $100. Reasonable, they had to haul all their supplies out to Death Valley. Some remote rides you will not get enough volunteers if you do not cover some or all of their expenses. At least in RAAM no need to pay for motel rooms. No sleeping.
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If you break it down $/mile RAAM seems like a great bargin..........
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Old 04-09-08, 03:35 PM   #12
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every year the solo 508 sells out faster and faster...guess most dont have an issue.....personally id head to utah as well though.....
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every year the solo 508 sells out faster and faster...guess most dont have an issue.....personally id head to utah as well though.....
Actually... it doesn't really sell out. If you look at the numbers over the years - he just extends the rider limit based on how many apply!
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ah.....sneaky



id still go to utah....
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