2014 Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race

November 1st and 2nd

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rolling Thunder - Ladies prize list beefs up

This year Rolling Thunder will have a separate race for the ladies. I want the best female athletes in Montana to do battle October 18th. In hopes to raise the stakes and attract MT's finest; Missoula Bicycle Works has graciously donated a 2009 Kona Major Jake frame and fork. Big thanks to Missoula Bicycle Works for believing in the race and believing in cyclocross for ladies in Montana. I hope this will motivate all the ladies to train and bring their "A" game to Rolling Thunder. Spread the word your friends, girlfriends, wives, and SO's. If you don't have a cyclocross bike here's your chance.......start training.

11 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Since the winner of the ladies race will more than likely be a committed cx rider, would it make more sense and increase participation if the bike were given away at random amoung the female competiors. I think that I could convince a few women to come and race if they thought that they could win a bike even thought they know that they are not going to win. 2 cents

Howard

Anonymous said...

Win the race that is. Not the bike which would be random.

H

ShaunRadley said...

Howard,

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll think about it. It's a big prize and I'd like have the winner earn it, but participation would go up it it was a raffle. I appreciate the feedback. Hope your getting out on your cross bike.

Shaun

Anonymous said...

Give the winner loads of CASH and raffle the bike.

Laters

H

Anonymous said...

Raffiling a frame and fork will not increase racer participation. Racers will race because they enjoy the actual race.

If someone only would do the race because they "possibly" could win a frame via a raffle; well, most likely that person will not race too much in the near future. CX frames are not what is holding participation down.

Give it to the winner.

ShaunRadley said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for your feedback. I agree with you that racers are probably going to race no matter what.

What do you think is holding back participation?

Shaun

Anonymous said...

Having to buy a weird esoteric bike, to participate in a kind of weird esoteric sport, perhaps? I do not know if you have noticed but even though we think that us bike racers are the coolest people on the planet, we are basically nerds that like playing bike games instead of chess. For that reason I think that we are special and uncommon. Cross racers are a sub species of the uncommon bike racer strain. That means we are even nerdier and therefore more special. For that reson when Tom Boonan says "I am specialized" I want you all to realize that what his is also saying is "I am really nerdy". But I digress, because I am having fun. Anyway if you are in doubt of how strange we are take your cross bike down to the local park and do some drills and then look around you at how uncomfortable the other park users appear to be. In short participation is low because this is a fringe sport and we live in a fringy place. Now I do disagree with the person who says that a bike raffle does not increase participation. I know that I am not going to win any Cat 3 races this year so a bike prize to the winner would make not help me want to justify gas money for travel. If a bike were being raffeled in a small field (as you are suggesting with the women)it would would greatly stay my decision. If you give it away as a raffel I will commit to bringing two female racers.

Latahs

Howard

Anonymous said...

I have a few points to discuss. First, I think the prize should go to the winner. Yes the winner of the womens race will most likely already have a nice bike but i don't know one bike racer who wouldn't be stoked to receive a new top of the line frame/fork regardless of the fleet they already have. Regarding whether a raffle would increase ridership I think it would not. If you offer it in a raffle you get a few more average riders, if you offer it as a prize you get a few more top notch riders. In the long run more top notch riders will will increase numbers not raffle prizes. top notch riders means a bigger profile event, the bigger the event the more people want to be a part of it. People race to have fun and be a part of a big festival type atmosphere. There is a reason races pay big names appearance fees. It increases the profile of the race thus increasing ridership. lastly I think calling cyclocross esoteric a bit of a stretch. It may not be as popular as road/mtb but with 62 racers coming out to a rainy rolling thunder last year it was one of the biggest cycling races in the state. with those numbers it also had more participants than half the running races in missoula last year which are by far a more utilitarian event. As far as equipment goes you don't have to purchase an "esoteric" cross bike to compete. If you have two working brakes you are ready to roll. You and I both know that its really not about the bike seeing as phil grove lapped both of us consistantly two years ago riding a 32 pound steel mountian bike.

Joel Brown

Anonymous said...

raffles encourage people not to ride full throttle. Why would someone ride hard if they could win a prize in a bullshit fashion like a raffle? Last winter i did the rendezvous ski race and won a $250 set of ski poles in the raffle, not due to my skiing. I felt like a goon taking a prize from dozens of people who ski'd me into the ground. What are we in first grade? No one can be a winner? If you lose the race you should congragulate the winner and train harder next week.
Pippo

Anonymous said...

I guess I like being rewarded for being a goon. I won a frame and fork last CX season just for registering on line with Sportsbase. It was awesome and huge a buge inprovement over my of steel beast. CX not esoteric? Well I think that we are just going to have to agree to disagree on that one. But that does not mean that I do not appreciate cx, I love esoteric, the weirder the better! You know what is sweet? Shaun can do whatever he wants with the bike and it will be really awesome either way. Who ever wins it will be psyched! I will be psyched for them! It is not my desire to tell Shaun how to run a race, in fact it is me who should shut up and learn from the master. So that is what I shall do,

Bye

Howard

PS Pippo, I did 1st Grade twice because i failed the first time. So I have twice the 1st grade education than all of you guys!

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