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Century 17?

Old 07-27-16, 12:50 PM
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I quit doing SAG support because of the nasty attitudes from the bike riders that needed help.
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Old 07-27-16, 03:09 PM
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I've done one SAG supported ride in the 18 months I've been riding-- so I have very limited exposure-- but I don't really understand the allure. You pay a bunch of money for some PB&Js, maybe a tee shirt, and perhaps a warm feeling inside if part of the entry fee went to a charity. I've done a few double metric centuries and a few imperial centuries, all unsupported and solo. It's not that difficult. Plot a route, make sure there are some liquor stores or mini marts along the way.

Then when you get lost (which I have done more than once) there's no one to blame but yourself.
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Old 07-27-16, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
So what'd the "organizer" have to say? "Let's do it again this weekend?"
Well, there was the point about skipping 2 gravel segments.

And then there was that second 4000 foot climb that I'm still trying to decide how to include in the route.

But, I think I'll wait at least another week.
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when I organized centuries, I never offered sag support. We had food stations. I think we marked the turns, but I have since found out that a lot of people will ride right over the markings without seeing them -- including myself. My first randonneuring 200k, I couldn't follow the cue sheet, but the organizer rode with me and the other newbie. Second 200k, my cue sheet holder wasn't up to snuff and we did bonus miles. Then the guy I was riding with stopped at every intersection for the next 10 miles, so that held us up quite a bit. After that, I got serious about cue sheets, and haven't had too many problems since then. Although I find it good to know if an organizer actually uses cue sheets, or if he relies 100 percent on gps.

I understand the OP's frustration. Congrats on the first century plus completion
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