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Old 12-06-2008, 06:57 PM
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Indeed. It continues to be the best supported ride I've ever experienced.
Not wanting to derail another thread (of course we don't do that here on SCBF )...

What exactly about an event ride makes somebody make a statement like this?

Can you all chime in and offer your opinions?

(Just doing a little research as our club will be planning a century/event ride at end of February.)

I'll try and list the responses here...
  • Convenient SAG stops: not too close or too far
  • Well-stocked SAG stops with a variety of foods & beverages
  • Good post-ride meal
  • Quality products
  • Free samples
  • Lots of friendly volunteers who talk/socialize with riders at stops
  • Roadside assistance vehicles that are pro-active ("How can we help you?")
  • Constantly visible & present roadside assistance vehicles
  • Clear signage
  • Easy-to-read cue sheets/maps
  • Detailed cue sheets (should list any dangerous areas or upcoming landmarks)
  • Easy-to-see arrows/markings on the road (before turns and after turns)
  • A unique ride symbol to go with road markings where other ride markings exist
  • Traffic control where needed (dangerous and hi-traffic areas)
  • Good spot on the calendar
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:05 PM
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I will not make a statement like that until I do a ride with a vehicle following me (and me alone) the entire way.

But seriously, I like rides that have stops spaced out conveniently. Too close and you fill up too often because the next one is a little too far to skip this one. Too far and you find yourself carrying too much stuff. Sweeper vehicles that can do roadside repairs are very helpful. Also, clear signage and possibly even traffic control in dangerous areas make the ride more enjoyable. I've done rides that did not have a marked course, and you had to rely on a single map without all of the street names on it.
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I think having lots of volunteers is the key. Adobo Velo has a very family vibe, and I think they have a more social aspect than most clubs (away from the bike, as well as on). So when it comes to their TdF rides, they have a groundswell of support to help with supplying (delicious) food, rest stop volunteers, SAG drivers, photographers, people stationed at every turn, etc. I don't think I've ever gone more than 10 miles without seeing a SAG vehicle parked at key checkpoints or pass me slowly with the passenger asking if I needed anything.
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I agree with the check point issues. Good spacing is key, but also it can depend on the length of the ride, though I have no problem with having to carry extra stuff. Also, have the rest stops stocked well. Not just a few jugs of water and a box of granola bars or whatever samples a sponsor company threw at the ride. I'm pretty neutral on SAG issues. Never needed it, and generally am able to do most simple roadside repairs. But yes, the voluteers make a difference and help to keep it fun. My biggest issue is maps/cue sheets. If the cue sheet sucks, people will get lost and not have fun. If it has things such as warnings about road conditions, landmarks, etc, I will get the feeling that the host group took the time to make sure everything will go well and checked over the route, thus giving me confidence in them,and reason to want to do the ride again.
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So when it comes to their TdF rides, they have a groundswell of support to help with supplying (delicious) food, rest stop volunteers, SAG drivers, photographers, people stationed at every turn, etc. I don't think I've ever gone more than 10 miles without seeing a SAG vehicle parked at key checkpoints or pass me slowly with the passenger asking if I needed anything.
Thats pretty cool. One thing I noticed on the Amtrak ride was that the SAG car (yes, I think there was only one, and I saw it only at the start) usually hangs out towards the rear of the rider spread. The Tour de Cure ride was impressive, as they had the motocycle club cruising aroud all over the place on all the routes able to assist or call a car if needed.
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Route sheets but also clearly marked road markings, both as you get to the turn and after the turn to confirm that you are on the correct path. And a unique symbol for the ride! These days there are so many markings on some of the more popular roads that you don't know which one you are following!

Rest stops: volunteers who interact with the riders, instead of just sitting there re-filling the food. I think we like to feel we are out there working hard or contributing to a cause so coming in for the stop and getting a nice "hello!" is really great.
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Alpine Challenge has the best support I have encountered.
1. I never seen a cyclist changing his own flat.
2. Rest stops perfectly spaced 10 miles apart(you don't have to stop).
3. Quality products and plenty of variation of fruits, gels, and drinks.
4. Nice post ride meal with a free beer.(good beer)
5. Perfect timing for a last minute tune up for Breathless Agony which has none of the above.
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free lapdances at every rest stop.

beat that.
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free lapdances at every rest stop.
Okay...fine! I'll give you a lap dance. But you better be a good tipper!!
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