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Old 05-05-10, 12:16 PM
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Race suggestions?/LOTOJA rant!

I've done LOTOJA several times, either as a solo ride or as part of a relay team. I like the course and have been happy with my performance and finishing time each year that I've done it. Each year the race has increased in popularity to the point where they've gone to a lottery system to handle entries. I was going to do it this year as part of a mixed 2-person relay team, but we didn't make the lottery.

I like the LOTOJA course, the fact that it's a very long competitive race (206+ miles, USCF sanctioned), but have no idea what to substitute in its place that might be similar in character. I was already planning to peak for late summer/early fall, but don't know what else to do around that time for a 200+ mile event. Any ideas?

Next the rant: How stupid are the LOTOJA organizers? They sent an email out to all the people who didn't make the lottery, saying they were offering an "amazing consolation package" of 50% off entry fees for a 4-person relay event on June 11th going from Moab to St. George. WTH? The logistics for a 4-person, 500 mile event are very different from a 200 mile event that you can do well within daylight hours. For a 500 mile event, if you're not already part of a 4-person team, you need to find 2-3 other nut jobs to do the race, a larger sag wagon, borrow or invest in some serious night lighting systems with backup batteries (not cheap), not to mention throwing your entire schedule of out whack to organize this in less than 6 weeks. You also need to find 1-2 drivers unless the tired and sleepy cyclists also want to trade off who drives while the other ones are sleeping or riding. In addition to that, a lot of us on BF and in the cycling community like to maintain a high level of fitness, but if you were planning a late summer peak, turning around and changing all your training in 4-5 weeks is not exactly a preferred mode of handling your training schedule. It seems idiotic IMO that they would even suggest this. stupid race organizers!!!!
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Ok, now that I've finished my rant, what other interesting cycling events are there around the august/september time frame that offer a 200+ mile course, good support, nice scenery and good climbing where you don't have to sell your first born child to get an entry?
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
Ok, now that I've finished my rant, what other interesting cycling events are there around the august/september time frame that offer a 200+ mile course, good support, nice scenery and good climbing where you don't have to sell your first born child to get an entry?
Everest Challenge. It's 200+ miles over 2 days. Lot's of climbing, great scenery.
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+1 for EC. It's never full.

There's also "Son of Death Ride" in early september- 138 miles, 17000' of climbing. It's a "fred race" timed century.
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I got the same email this morning too. Kind of bummed. I agree their consolation offering of 50% off that relay race in Moab next month is pretty silly.

Everest Challenge looks interesting, but I'm not sure I'm up for the drive to get there... Perhaps my only "epic" ride/race this year will be RAMROD.
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Everest Challenge looks interesting, but I'm not sure I'm up for the drive to get there... Perhaps my only "epic" ride/race this year will be RAMROD.
The OP is in norcal so the drive shouldn't be too bad.
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The 200-mile option of the Desperado Dual. 8/21. It's a ride, not a race, but you know how those things go.
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Tour de Park City looks like a pretty good one.
I did happen to make LoToJa this year. It's my first year applying. I have no idea if it helped that I'm on a team with a former winner and podium finisher 5 times.
Sorry you didn't make it in. They really should eliminate the relay to accommodate more of the full race riders.
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The 200-mile option of the Desperado Dual. 8/21. It's a ride, not a race, but you know how those things go.
The 200 mile option sounds cool. Thanks for the suggestion!
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If you liked LOTOJA then you might like the Tour of Park City. http://www.tourdeparkcity.com/race-r...formation.html

Tour of Park City is only 170 miles but frankly I thought it was harder than LOTOJA. I did it the last two years.
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