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    GT Dirt Coalition

    Just a heads up to those that are already on a GT. GT is creating a new Team,
    GT Dirt Coalition. They are not looking for top pros just people that love spreading the love. I will be one of the riders in 09 and have agreed to help spread the word as the search closes Feb. 5th. if your interested be sure get the low down at gtbicycles. If that dosen't peak your interest how about a free Zaskar or Marathon, Kits, EZ UP tent and Pro-deals on everything GT.

    Update: The Team will be finalized on March 5th, All Applicants will be notified of their status regarding the Dirt Coalition.


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    I've been checking it out. I've been riding GT for years and I think this would be alot of fun.
    I'm submitting my entry this week.

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    Great to see GT backing a grass roots racing program again....KUDOS
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    I just finished my entry a day ago. I had to do it three times since it kicked me out twice before I could finish it. So far, I think I'm the only one in Oklahoma City that has been rding and racing GTs since 97. I hope I get in.

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    I filled out the application, its doubtful that I'll be accepted since I have not raced in 3 years

    But, on the plus side, I've had GTs since the 90's...... so maybe
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    I'm hoping that it's more on the love for GT bikes than it is the racing. I'm an ok racer and I'm sure I can train and do better, but I know I can spread the word for GT better than anyone in Okc. Ok, except maybe a dealer. ) I can train and be fast, heck I used to be pretty good at the racing thing. I know I can do it, especially if I do it on a sweet GT Marathon Pro. LOL.

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    Love of Bikes and Life

    I'm glad to see people going for it, I don't make the call and I'm glad I don't or the program would be broke. I can tell you for certain that GT is looking for the kind of people that you want to ride with and have a beer with not the guy that wins, but everyone hates. Posts and Pics from inside the GT Factory, Demo Tour, Races and Events comming soon.

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    Wow! What factory tour did you go on? Where? I went to the Trek tour last time I was in Madison, Wi. and I totally wished GT had one in Wisconsin so I could go and check out the GT factory. All I saw was a corporate building. I noticed on your blog site you (leeunwin24hours) are from Wisconsin. I'm from Oklahoma but I'm in training for GE Healthcare in Waukesha. I leave tomorrow but I'm gonna be back in May and I'm bringing my GT Force with me. Hopefully I'll also be bringing a GT Marathon Pro if all goes well and I get into the Coalition. I really want it to happen. Well, time to meet some colleagues for dinner. See you all later.

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    Inside GT

    No factory tour, but I am going to bring that idea up now so thanks. GT is about 8 blocks from my house and part of my contract with them is to help spread the inside skinny on what's new and happening there, so when I get the OK on certain projects I will be taking pictures and getting them out there to groups like this before they hit the masses. I was in a meeting there on Tuesday and it's like being a kid in the WONKA factory, every room has something new happening in it. I have been riding for various companies for a long time, but that feeling never gets old.

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    How about a program for old guys like me that don't race, but have 7 GTs hanging in the garage?

    I think I've helped sell a few bikes over the years.

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    Old Guy Team

    Ha, define old guy, I get my ass handed to me 2 or 3 times a year by Tinker and he has 10 years on me, so if you are anywhere near 45 this is a team for you. This feedback is great we are working on something for GT loyal riders it may be awhile but these things are on the table, GT has some really new folks trying to keep its base not just advertise to new folks.

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    Gt Team

    I applied. Can only hope Iím one of the chosen ones. And Iím 43. Been riding GT since back in the day racing B.M.X. For me it would be an honor to race for GT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeunwin24hours
    Ha, define old guy, I get my ass handed to me 2 or 3 times a year by Tinker and he has 10 years on me, so if you are anywhere near 45 this is a team for you. This feedback is great we are working on something for GT loyal riders it may be awhile but these things are on the table, GT has some really new folks trying to keep its base not just advertise to new folks.
    I've got a few years on Tinker.
    I just realized I bought my first GT 19 years ago - now that's a scary thought.

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    Last post to bring it back to the top of the rack, please get to the GT website and fill out an application. We want people who already love the product. It takes some time, but for a chance at $5000 worth of GT Product it's worth the time, costs nothing, and your odds are a lot better than the Lottery. After Thursday I will be working on a running thread that I will update on all the inside GT happenings.

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    Hey Lee

    Great cross photo. Here is one of me racing the old ZRX. Man I hope I'm in.
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    Dirty Coalition

    GT Grassroots racing, the Golden bike Challenge, sweet lineup of Carbon hot rods...Its great to see GT back at it full force again. I dont know that any other manufacturer is stepping up to the plate like GT is this year. The only question is... who do we send the bribes to in order to get a spot on that team???

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    Think they would take someone working his way down from clydesdale to svelt cyclist? You know, sort of a science experiment that would appeal to the everyman: sponsor some schmuck who is just barely ride-fit, give him what he needs to race, and watch the pounds fly off and the brand exposure sail. Something akin to that Jarred with Subway.....but with wheels.

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    GT Thanks You

    From everyone at GT thanks for taking the time to look at us and a special thanks to everyone that applied. I am going to leave this thread for selected team riders so that they can discuss everything from Racing to Beer. I will be posting here shortly on more exciting things at GT, think GOLD.

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    Thanks for all the info Leeunwin. I wish all you guys that applied the best of luck. I hope I'm in. Go get'em GT fans!!!!

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    GT and NEMBA

    Thanks to GT for teaming up with NEMBA in naming four New England members to the Dirt Coalition. Good luck fellow racers.

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    Dirt Coalition has more places to talk GT, Blogspot, Facebook, Twitter. Sorry no Myspace I had to draw the line someplace. All can be reached through the Site.
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    So does anyone know how and when they will contact the chosen riders? Is it like a trickle thing in which some are announced at a time instead of everyone at once? Is there like a deadline for the announcements? I'm Just being nosy and impatient.

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    Apparently everyone will be notified by March 5th by e-mail. The application asked for a contact phone number too so i guess those who don't have e-mail will be contacted that way.

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    So has anyone else been offered a place on the team yet?

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    Do they give tours of the corporate office? I'd like to visit this late April early May when I'm in Milwaukee for training. That would be so cool. Maybe I should just drop by one of the days I'm there.

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    Well, my first race is gonna be in two weeks. I'm gonna join the Sport class and see how it goes. I'm not ready to race at the top of the pack but I'm sure I can hold my own. Its gonna be around 18 miles. I'm sure I can handle that. I better get my 01 I-drive Team ready. She needs some TLC since I got my Force 2.0 and she doesn't get used.

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    Sorry no official tours, but drop me a line before you come into town and we can go for a ride from there and a possible walk through, better yet show up for the noon hour Gun Show ride on thursdays.

    April 1 is the Official final selection and notification date for the DC Team.

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    Hmm? What's the noon hour Gun Show ride? Sounds fun. I'm gonna be in Waukesha April 20th to May 15th. I'll definitely look you up for a ride and a possible walk through(crossing my fingers). I'll take my road bike and a mountain bike as well.

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    With the date now set back to April 1, and race season underway in New England on the 4th, earlier elsewhere, When will the bikes, tents, clothing etc. be in the hands of the racers?

    Will these first few races still qualify toward the seasons race commitment if we compete on our existing fleet of Giants, Treks, Fishers, Cannondales or whatever?

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    april annoucement

    i am gonna guess no, it does not count if you are not flying the flag and representing GT.
    hopefully they would let you choose another race. I assume most people selected for this will be doing WAY more than 6 races, so should not be a problem.

    the anticipation is killing me though..... any sooner, one way or the other would be really cool.
    in the mean time, today is motor pacing Thursday, that should distract me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt jorgito
    Hmm? What's the noon hour Gun Show ride? Sounds fun. I'm gonna be in Waukesha April 20th to May 15th. I'll definitely look you up for a ride and a possible walk through(crossing my fingers). I'll take my road bike and a mountain bike as well.

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    Nooo

    Quote Originally Posted by leeunwin24hours
    Sorry no official tours, but drop me a line before you come into town and we can go for a ride from there and a possible walk through, better yet show up for the noon hour Gun Show ride on thursdays.

    April 1 is the Official final selection and notification date for the DC Team.
    No we have to know before April 1st. It's driving me crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmerjohn
    I knew a girl from Atlanta named Waukesha, she had some serious junk in her trunk
    You're funny dude!

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    I'll be racing on my 2001 GT I-drive Team, or on my Force, or on my Karakoram SS depending on the trail and conditions, but man would I love to be doing it on that Marathon Pro, sporting my GT duds. That's the only thing I don't have: GT Jersey.

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    Which bike?

    You know, on my app. I selected the GT Marathon but know I'm thinking I should have gone with the Zaskar. I wonder if they will let me change my choice? Which bike did you guys select? Give me some feed back.

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    Which bike?

    You know, on my app. I selected the GT Marathon but now I'm thinking I should have gone with the Zaskar. I wonder if they will let me change my choice? Which bike did you guys select? Give me some feed back.

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    The Marathon.

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    anbody know how many riders entered/Zaskar

    Just curios. I put my entry in 2 days before the close, I think I was entry 200 and something. Anybody get back something much higher.

    And, I went with the Zaskar. I have always preferred hard tails. ;Most the trails I ride are better suited to hard tails, plus I dig the clean look. And it is easier to get them superlight.
    The Zaskar looks hot. Not that I would have turned down the Marathon, I just really dig the hard tails.

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    I know we're getting ahead of ourselves here but I picked a Marathon. I hope I get in.

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    hey, i got accepted today, and im kinda surprised. i haven't raced in a few years, and when i did race i didnt really do 6 races in a year. i race track and road collegiately but i havent competed in mtb races due to injuries. i was wondering if anyone knows if college mtb races will work for the gt dirt coalition. also, does anyone know of any east coast races this spring and summer, im trying to plan things out to see if i can work out this dirt coalition thing. i really wanna do it, but i just want to make sure i can. any advice would be greatly appreciated

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    Congratulations!!!

    Your very lucky to be accepted to the team!!!

    What races did you put on your application? That's a good start! I don't see why collage races wouldn't count, you'd still be setting up your tent, representing, and generally spreading the GT love!

    Probably best to confirm that with the coalition though dude.

    Not that i'm expecting to be accepted but if i was i'd be rocking up to every singe romotely cycling related event and get as much exposure as humanly possible. As a few other guys have mentioned, i also expect to race well over my six races.

    Once again dude, congrats!
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    Skeem,

    Lots of east coast races already posted on Bikereg.com.
    Congrats - where east coast are ya?
    I'm certain Collegiate races will count for you.
    Got my letter yesterday as well.

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    Congrats

    Quote Originally Posted by skeem
    hey, i got accepted today, and im kinda surprised. i haven't raced in a few years, and when i did race i didnt really do 6 races in a year. i race track and road collegiately but i havent competed in mtb races due to injuries. i was wondering if anyone knows if college mtb races will work for the gt dirt coalition. also, does anyone know of any east coast races this spring and summer, im trying to plan things out to see if i can work out this dirt coalition thing. i really wanna do it, but i just want to make sure i can. any advice would be greatly appreciated
    How were you notified? Again Congrats and have fun with it.

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    So for all the guys that were accepted already, what application number were you? I'm wondering if they are going down the line or just randomly picking people. Well, I'm gonna go ride now. The weather is at 67 deg. F. in Okc. so I better go now before the weather turns cold. My lights are charged up and ready to go. C U all in a few hours.
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    i was notified via email. and i said id do some college races and this other one i know of near me, but the thing is, in collegiate races you have to wear the team kits from your school. so i figure that could be a big problem. im going to have to find more races that i can feasibly do so i dont waste my time and GT's time. anyone know of any east coast races this spring/ summer that aren't collegiate only?i checked on usa cyclings site and there were zero races listed. when i used to race i had a coach/ friend find the races for me, and im kinda lost in this modern world of non collegiate racing. any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Now what

    Quote Originally Posted by skeem
    i was notified via email. and i said id do some college races and this other one i know of near me, but the thing is, in collegiate races you have to wear the team kits from your school. so i figure that could be a big problem. im going to have to find more races that i can feasibly do so i dont waste my time and GT's time. anyone know of any east coast races this spring/ summer that aren't collegiate only?i checked on usa cyclings site and there were zero races listed. when i used to race i had a coach/ friend find the races for me, and im kinda lost in this modern world of non collegiate racing. any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Did they give you any idea when your supplies will arrive? You were notified today?
    Best of luck to you. I'm sure your going to have a blast with it.

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    Where to race on the East Coast?

    If your in New Belgium (New England for those people who don't race 'cross ) it's all about the Rt. 66 Series and EFTA races. You should know that if your from this neck of the woods...

    You have to throw in as many marathon races as you can too!

    What college? This semester I'll be out of mine in RI...

    And I'm off to the bar ,
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    Anyone else from Ohio get accepted yet?

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    Hope to hear something soon!

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