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Old 04-30-15, 03:04 PM
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Pedal to the Medal at TMS

Pedal to the Medal
Anyone done this before? It looks like it is somewhere between a charity ride and a race. If I don't really want to race (since I'm old/fat/slow) it looks like I could sign up for the "Bronze" level (a.k.a. Old/Fat/Slow Division). It says the Bronze is for anticipated 16MPH or less average. Is this level still really competitive? I doubt I would be much over 14/15mph average and don't want to become a roadblock.

Is the Bronze level for people even if they want to take a more leisurely pace?

The registration page says there is a 'suggested fund raising' amount. Must you raise funds?

Is this a good ride? Enjoyable? I have a family friend with a Special Olympian and would like to support the cause.
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View it as a charity ride, if it interests you, go have fun. Don't worry about being a roadblock, if they didn't want you in there, they'd adjust the rules accordingly. That's a big track, too, so I doubt it's going to be "full". Note that the person on the picture on the website is on a mountain bike, if that tells you anything.
It looks like you pay $50 to do the event, if you want to up the ante, you can pay more, either out of your pocket or soliciting donations. At that level, I would guess most participants just pay out of their own pockets.
"Good ride, Enjoyable", who knows, of course, that depends on your preferences, too. If it's been on for several years, bicycle-stuff.com will have reviews, if it's a new event, you just have to try it and see. Riding around on a track like that is going to be a different experience than riding through the countryside, and may be better or worse depending on your point of view.

There are a lot of charity rides around. Most of them say it is "a ride, not a race", and they'd much rather have people enjoy themselves than hurt themselves or others trying to win. A few of them actually bill the event as a race, give out prizes and whatnot. Those are actually races, but you may find that 90% of the participants are just there for the ride anyway (and on the "not a race" rides, you'll have people out "racing" anyway). Regular road and crit racing is organized through and licensed by a national organization (https://www.usacycling.org/) , and these type of charity rides/races are not under that organization, and most serious racers wouldn't consider them a race for that reason.
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