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Old 06-23-09, 02:22 PM
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Charity Rides? No thanks.

Whenever folks hear I am a cyclist, the first question (usually) is "oh are you doing the ______ ride??"....where _____ = MS 150 or tour de cure or whatever charity ride was in the newspaper this week.

I have nothing against these rides, but have minimal interest in them (our club sponsors a local one once/year so I am obligated to do that, which is enough).....but when I say I am not doing that ride it seems the inquirer is disappointed, or thinks that I am not a "serious" cyclist.

Not that I care what the ignorants think, but...you know.

Do others have a similar issue? Solution?
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Old 06-23-09, 02:28 PM
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Personally, I am in favor of anything that gets more butts on bikes. And if a charity benefits from it, so much the better.....
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Do others have a similar issue? Solution?
I just tell them that I am doing the ____ ride, even if I'm not. Then I ask them for their pledge money in cash right then and there. I usually use the cash to buy some lunch or a pack of smokes.
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I personally dislike doing charity rides where I'm expected to collect and/or solicit pledges. The message I think doing them says is that I want someone else to finance my *expensive* recreational ride. I say, if a charity wants to use a bike ride as a fundraiser, it should be priced competitively with other rides that offer the same amenities. They might not pull in $3000 per rider, but they'll generate a modest sum and in the process accumulate a list of potential donors.

Sheldon Brown also has an opinion of 'pledge' rides. Different than mine, but he makes good points.
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Just tell them you can't b/c you don't have aerobars.
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Originally Posted by ok_commuter View Post
Just tell them you can't b/c you don't have aerobars.


Definitely a pet peeve
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Old 06-23-09, 02:47 PM
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Just think of it a Critical Mass-with a purpose.
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
I just tell them that I am doing the ____ ride, even if I'm not. Then I ask them for their pledge money in cash right then and there. I usually use the cash to buy some lunch or a pack of smokes.

LOL I may have to borrow this technique
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As my wife has MS I do the MS ride every year. These things get expensive so I dont more than one.

Can someone tell me why aerobars are even allowed in Charity rides?
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Originally Posted by PSR215 View Post
Can someone tell me why aerobars are even allowed in Charity rides?
Because disallowing this accessory may cause some people to decide against participating, which means less money will be collected.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Sheldon Brown also has an opinion of 'pledge' rides. Different than mine, but he makes good points.
lol... that's ridiculous. Charity rides do not give off the impression that riding a bike is a painful experience. If you tell anyone who doesn't ride that you're going to ride 100 miles, for charity or not, they'll think it's painful. That has nothing to do with the fact that you're doing it for a charity. Mr. Brown was smoking something the day he wrote that.

I do the LSC each year and fund raise for it. It's a good cause, the event is a great time, and it's most definitely a win-win. I've done a couple MS150's, with this year's being the last because they're just too expensive (I don't fund raise for these and even get half matched by the team I'm on - still pricey with hotel and such). Riders with aerobars are never a problem... you just go around them... they're usually moving pretty damn slow anyway.

If someone is asking if you're doing the ___ ride and gives you a funny look when you say no, just ask them if they're doing it... they'll say "no, I don't ride a bike"... then say "why not? what do you have against bikes you ahole!?"... then punch them in the face.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Whenever folks hear I am a cyclist, the first question (usually) is "oh are you doing the ______ ride??"....where _____ = MS 150 or tour de cure or whatever charity ride was in the newspaper this week.

I have nothing against these rides, but have minimal interest in them (our club sponsors a local one once/year so I am obligated to do that, which is enough).....but when I say I am not doing that ride it seems the inquirer is disappointed, or thinks that I am not a "serious" cyclist.

Not that I care what the ignorants think, but...you know.

Do others have a similar issue? Solution?
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Old 06-23-09, 03:15 PM
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I guess you haven't watched a loved one die of cancer. There are reasons to do these rides and good causes behind them. If you can't see that, then I'm sure someday you will. I rode the Seattle Livestrong 100 miles, with a guy who had a liver transplant just over a year ago because cancer ruined his liver. He had a nice sign on his back thanking his doner.

Are you such a serious cyclist that you just don't get it?
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I've done the Tour de Cure in the name of friends/family with diabetes, but honestly I think of charity rides as a way to do a century without worrying about food/water/restrooms. If they include a tasty meal at the end, so much the better.
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man View Post
I guess you haven't watched a loved one die of cancer. There are reasons to do these rides and good causes behind them. If you can't see that, then I'm sure someday you will. I rode the Seattle Livestrong 100 miles, with a guy who had a liver transplant just over a year ago because cancer ruined his liver. He had a nice sign on his back thanking his doner.

Are you such a serious cyclist that you just don't get it?
I dont think I am such a serious cyclist, and I like to think that I get it.

But going on a huge group ride for a charity is not my cup of tea. I would rather donate to these organizations that I support directly, and do my group cycling with my club and/or friends.

Sheesh.
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I like the charity rides where you go pay your $30 and have a fun ride. I've done several and will do some more.

I don't care for the idea of asking other people to support MY charity- that just seems like a backwards way to do things.
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You can contribute to and support any charity your want without riding your bike to do it. My sister in law died of colon cancer at 47 and my father in law of melonoma, but at least he made it to 78.

I've only ridden a few organized centuries in my 25 years of "serious" riding. You couldn't pay me enough to do any organized ride with 3,000 participants, with a large percentage of newbs and otherwise clueless riders. Great way to have a wreck caused by some clueless rider.

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I don't have anything against charities or charity rides - but I do find it annoying that most "roadies" want to talk about their epic century (or double) charity ride, but when I mention a 600k their eyes just glaze over as if I'm talking about running all of a sudden.

Personally I just donate to charity and skip the rides altogether. Have fun out there though.
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You couldn't pay me enough to do any organized ride with 3,000 participants, with a larger percentage of newbs and otherwise clueless riders. Great way to have a wreck caused by some clueless rider.
This is so true with some events... others not so. I did the 5 boro tour 5yrs ago when I got into road cycling... 40,000 people, not 1 with a clue. It was like I was in 10th grade health class watching "blood on the highway". I've never seen so many 5mph crashes in my life. Never again will I do something like that.

The LSC is nice because the starts are staggered, and two years ago they broke the century riders into fast/slow starts even. The main philly/NJ MS150 (city to shore) starts are a nightmare... another reason I'm not doing that again.... they send certain teams out first, some with hundreds of riders, all of varying skill... then the rest out afterward. What a mess.
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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
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I guess you haven't watched a loved one die of cancer. There are reasons to do these rides and good causes behind them. If you can't see that, then I'm sure someday you will. I rode the Seattle Livestrong 100 miles, with a guy who had a liver transplant just over a year ago because cancer ruined his liver. He had a nice sign on his back thanking his doner.

Are you such a serious cyclist that you just don't get it?
If you want to contribute to a cause, it's better to give directly to the entity you want to get the money. This will elimnate 'administrative costs' among other things. These costs can absorb a large percent of the money collected. Of course, rides may generate money that might not have been otherwise donated.

No, I don't do charity rides anymore and I have seen loved ones die from cancer including my dad, brother, best friend, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and other friends.
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Originally Posted by BikeWise1 View Post
Personally, I am in favor of anything that gets more butts on bikes. And if a charity benefits from it, so much the better.....
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Personally, I think we should all do something altruistic and give back to some worthy cause. And if we can do something we enjoy and help someone else, all the better. JMHO.
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I ride the local MS ride and find it very easy to raise money for them. I tell prospective donees that Im riding 100 miles to raise money for MS and could they make a donation of $50 or $100 dollars.. Most look at me like Im nuts and say sure if youre crazy enough to ride that far Ill write you out a check. It hardly ever fails. I raise over $2000 every year.

I swear people must think Im running that far.I figure what the heck its for a good cause, I ride 50 to 70 miles most May Saturdays anyway so why not.
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Yes, you should just always tell them "Why yes I am! And I need donations still. How much can I put you down for?" They will probably stop being disappointed... and stop asking.
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I really like the "pay $30 and get a t-shirt or bottle, SAG support, traffic control at major intersections, rest stops with refills and yum-yums, and a kick-butt lunch" rides.

I wouldn't mind doing the multi-day, shake some trees until you find $250 rides, but they are always a plan well in advance thing. My military career has never made long-term planning like that very feasible.
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If I believe in the cause I usually sign up and then just skip it and ride with the club. They get the money, I get to go ride like I want, everyone is happy.

As far as what the OP states about people expecting you to be there, every April I get the "Are you running Boston" question. They think that everyone that runs is going to Boston every year.
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