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    Idea! interest?? COMBA Challenge events

    So... as chair of the Outreach committee for the Colorado Mountain Bike Association, I've been thinking about some novel ways to "spread the word"... and thanks to a thread here on MTBR, I had an inspiring thought.

    Would there be any interest from folks here in some Front Range "challenge events", for fun & prizes (and of course, bragging rights)?

    For example, perhaps a Deer Creek "Wall of Shame" run, whereby folks compete to see who, if anyone, can ride this obstacle, or at least make it the furthest w/o dabbing. Other examples: a timed hill climb, say maybe up Belcher (White Ranch), or Mt. Falcon; or how about a time/tech challenge on Dakota Ridge, dab-free, or a ride up all of the stairs?

    This of course would be dependent on permission from JCOS, but as of now I'm merely trying to gauge whether or not it is an idea even worth taking to them. We would solicit sponsors/schwag, so that the winner(s) of each event could take home a prize. Maybe have some gag categories as well, i.e. worst attempt, best crash, broken bike, etc.

    The idea is to get out as a community (a "gathering of the tribe"), spread the gospel about the work of COMBA, and above all have a good time.

    Thoughts? Feel free to drop me a line directly if you prefer: outreach@comba.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt

    Thoughts? Feel free to drop me a line directly if you prefer: [EMAIL="outreach@comba.org"
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    Thanks!
    How about a poker run? It's a great way to raise money without it being a race, helps people get familiar with the park it is held at, and it's a great event for all ages and abilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    How about a poker run? It's a great way to raise money without it being a race, helps people get familiar with the park it is held at, and it's a great event for all ages and abilities.
    I second this idea. Would be a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    How about a poker run? It's a great way to raise money without it being a race, helps people get familiar with the park it is held at, and it's a great event for all ages and abilities.
    well just to clarify, the goal here isn't about raising money (though not a bad idea), but more about raising awareness of COMBA and the work we do.

    so clue me in: what exactly is a poker run? i've heard of it before (4 wheeling forums) but can't say i know what it is... (i don't play cards)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    well just to clarify, the goal here isn't about raising money (though not a bad idea), but more about raising awareness of COMBA and the work we do.

    so clue me in: what exactly is a poker run? i've heard of it before (4 wheeling forums) but can't say i know what it is... (i don't play cards)
    You could very well make it an awareness raising event instead of fund raising. Give out prizes for the top three or something like that. Make the entry free (or something small like $5) and just make it a fun event.

    Poker runs are basically you set off on a course, picking up a single random playing card at designated checkpoints. At the end of the day, the person who can make the best poker hand (Full House, Flush, etc) would win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    well just to clarify, the goal here isn't about raising money (though not a bad idea), but more about raising awareness of COMBA and the work we do.

    so clue me in: what exactly is a poker run? i've heard of it before (4 wheeling forums) but can't say i know what it is... (i don't play cards)
    Exactly where a Poker Run shines! It is more of an awareness event. You can have several courses of varying lengths that intersect. So that people can choose 5. 10, 15, 25 miles as the ride. Each intersection will stamp a Poker Run card and at the end of the ride they turn in the card with five stamps and pick playing cards. The best hand wins the top prize (usually a frame or bike for a Royal Flush - that no one ever gets). Then depending upon how much swag was donated, you keep giving out prizes.

    The awareness part comes into play because you can plan the course to highlight various areas that were improved, need improvement, etc. You can even put up signs to this effect along the way.

    In Philadelphia, we used it to draw attention to Wissahickon Valley Park. An inner-city park system that provided the only technical singletrack within thirty miles. We used it to show areas that were ruined in the floods of 2004, had been maintained by the local club and NMBP, and were cooperation with the Friends of Wissahickon, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians had allowed more trails for multi-use.

    We raised over $7000, were highlighted in many newspapers, had over 300 participants, and created an incredible amount of good-will by donating most if the money to the Friends of Wissahickon (a group who were against mountain bikers). $1000 of the money went to buy two-way radios for the bike patrol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
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    For example, perhaps a Deer Creek "Wall of Shame" run, whereby folks compete to see who, if anyone, can ride this obstacle, or at least make it the furthest w/o dabbing. Other examples: a timed hill climb, say maybe up Belcher (White Ranch), or Mt. Falcon; or how about a time/tech challenge on Dakota Ridge, dab-free, or a ride up all of the stairs?
    ...

    How about timed descents of Apex?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    How about timed descents of Apex?
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    Wink how about "longest skid"

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    How about timed descents of Apex?
    you mean people ride down apex? all this time i've been shuttling to the bottom and riding up...

    Re: POKER RUN-- intriguing... i was thinking shorter (time & distance) more crowd-friendly events like the deer creek obstacle run; people stand around and cheer (or heckle if icegeek is on the course).

    keep it coming, i appreciate any and all input.

    so anybody like the "challenge" aspect? (figured we'd have more "bragging rights" proponents here).
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    Wink how about "longest skid"
    Oh yeah. That would have to be in E-forest though.

    Why not just have a regularly scheduled fun ride?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Oh yeah. That would have to be in E-forest though.

    Why not just have a regularly scheduled fun ride?
    Because noone rides for fun. Everyone's training for their next race down Apex.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Why not just have a regularly scheduled fun ride?
    looking for something w/ more of a social gathering aspect...
    seems to me the camaraderie of riding typically happens before/after the ride, not so much while pedaling (lunch stops among epic views notwithstanding). fwiw COMBA does weekly group rides on wednesdays at 5:30 (see site for schedule).

    maybe it's just me, but i can envision a bunch of masochists lined up at the bottom of the wall of shame @ DC waiting their turn to tackle this minefield while a peanut gallery of peers jeers them from the sidelines.

    ...but if y'all are too chicken to try something this hard in front of a crowd, no worries, i hear green mountain is pretty nice this time of year.
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    I think some type of event is a good idea. I like both the idea of the poker run and the challenge events. My impression is that getting permission for that type of event in JCOS land would be a problem but it is worth asking. You could make the entry fee $5 or free to new members. At the very least get people's email addresses so you can contact interested folk over important issues.

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    Good job!

    It all sounds good to me.
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    You might also consider a time trial. They tried this when I was in TX and it seemed to be pretty cool. They would do it at the same place the first Thursday of the month. Everyone knew the course and they had it well marked for the event. You could go out and practice and get better and then come and play on "race" day. A TT is great because the only person you're really "racing" against is you. If you got faster then you won.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameronm_99
    You might also consider a time trial. They tried this when I was in TX and it seemed to be pretty cool. They would do it at the same place the first Thursday of the month. Everyone knew the course and they had it well marked for the event. You could go out and practice and get better and then come and play on "race" day. A TT is great because the only person you're really "racing" against is you. If you got faster then you won.

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    Are you talking about Erwin Park??

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    No, they used to do a TT at McCalister Park in San Antonio. I don't think it lasted very long though. I never had the opportunity to give it a go due to schedule conflicts.

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    I vote for the Longest Skid competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameronm_99
    You might also consider a time trial.
    Another variation to this idea, something my used-to-be local mtb club did, was what we called a "Bubba TT". Basically everyone shows up, and you are randomly put on a team of 2 (or more). So you could show up and get Travis Brown or JHK as a teammate, or you could get a slow, fat guy like me.

    It always was a fun event and you can't help but root for not only your teammate, but all the other teams as well.

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