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    Ultimate Cycling Experience... only $10,500

    Trustafarian hipsters rejoice!

    "Colorado Springs Business Journal Blog Archive For $10,500, you can race in USA Pro Challenge

    Amateur riders will be selected for the opportunity to ride every stage of
    the 2012 USA Pro Challenge hours ahead of the professionals. The amateur
    riders will eat, sleep and live like professional cyclists for all seven days of
    the race, Aug. 20-26.

    Carmichael, CTS founder, will lead the selection process and ride with the
    team during the event."


    Sounds cool actually. I remember the Tour DuPont and we were allowed
    to race on several of the courses the day before or after the pros came
    through. Usually whatever course(s) fell near the weekend.

    Good luck to them. It will be interesting to see who can come up with that
    kind of dough. I struggled just to keep fresh rubber on my race bikes.

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    It might be pretty cool if you're riding the roads when they are closed prior to the race, but otherwise, there is no way I'd ride some of those roads if they are open to regular motor vehicle traffic (much less pay a bunch of money to do so).

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    I bet a lot of riders sign up. $10,500 just isn't that much to a lot of people and it's basically a 7 day all expenses included one-of-a-kind experience. With riding!
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    Or for $10,500.00 you could book a 2 week trip to Whistler, travel, lodging & lift tickets included, book a couple of heli-drops off Rainbow Mountain...& get this....buy a nice, used downhill bike to go on the trip with

    Hmm, decisions....

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkpad View Post
    Or for $10,500.00 you could book a 2 week trip to Whistler, travel, lodging & lift tickets included, book a couple of heli-drops off Rainbow Mountain...& get this....buy a nice, used downhill bike to go on the trip with

    Hmm, decisions....
    While the race ride would be awesome, I like the way you think!

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    Carmichael again? I guess the "Training Camps" he runs that allow people to buy their way into Leadville are not lucrative enough?

    More power to him, I guess. I heard there is actually a rock concert-like situation with the "Training Camps" for Leadville where they sell out in minutes.

    I've already been hit up via email by Western Spirit for their version of the "Let's Ride The Colorado Race". Maybe they can all just end up having the Tour de Tour Companies.

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    I'm all for any business doing business. This USA Challenge has been and will continue to be a godsend to a lot of local economies, if run properly. If others want to play off its success with their own business plan, more power to them.
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    Seems kinda pathetic to me, I like inkpad's idea

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    I'm sure that $10.5k includes a lift to the top of the climbs

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    I heard the Swedish Bikini Team is giving the after ride massages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    I heard the Swedish Bikini Team is giving the after ride massages.
    It would have to include a happy ending too, after every stage!

    Altho I imagine the guys who actually sign up for this would prefer one of the pro roadie dudes instead

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    why would you pay $10.5k to ride something you can ride for free any day of the week? You would have to be the biggest idiot in the world to do that.

    Experience of a lifetime? more like worst financial decision of a lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisbike View Post
    why would you pay $10.5k to ride something you can ride for free any day of the week? You would have to be the biggest idiot in the world to do that.

    Experience of a lifetime? more like worst financial decision of a lifetime.
    Pffft. Not if you have more money than sense.

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    There's a price point for everybody. $10.5k is a lot of money for most of us, it's nothing to many more. A guy buying a spot on this trip wouldn't even think of the price, just the experience.
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    A ride worth poaching.

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    A lot of people have ponnied up the same amount of money for a Specialized S-Works Epic 29'er or the new Spec McLaren, a ride on the Concord (a few years back), business or 1st class seat to Asia and many other things.

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    I used to build houses for guys like that. The amount of money was nothing, it was strictly "what is it that I want".
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisbike View Post
    why would you pay $10.5k to ride something you can ride for free any day of the week? You would have to be the biggest idiot in the world to do that.

    Experience of a lifetime? more like worst financial decision of a lifetime.
    Sounds like a lot more than just riding. It's meals, lodging, rubbing shoulders with beautiful people, massages, etc.

    Not my cup of tea or price point but if it works for someone else more power to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkpad View Post
    Or for $10,500.00 you could book a 2 week trip to Whistler, travel, lodging & lift tickets included, book a couple of heli-drops off Rainbow Mountain...& get this....buy a nice, used downhill bike to go on the trip with

    Hmm, decisions....
    Yeah, but you wouldn't get any of the kick ass climbs in, Plus, you'd be walking around in a ridiculous storm trooper outfit.

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