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    American Mountain Classic- Mountain stage race

    I saw this in Velonews and thought I'd post it for all you Utah racers out there.
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    Yeah, I was super excited about this (I really like stage racing, and this sounds epic), but then I saw the cost. 3 times more than the most expensive national level road-stage race I have ever participated in. Even Redlands and Altoona were cheaper (per individual), and they were both longer by a few days, required police escorts, follow cars, referees and road closures for both men's and women's pelotons, and involved the UCI and drug testing circus.

    Anyway. I think that this will be an awesome pro event, and offering meals is a nice touch (though most of the serious competitors will bring their own food) but for those of us not getting our entry fees paid for, that $400 bucks could pay for a pretty nice bike-vacation (with our fastest friends, if speed is what we need) :-)
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    the entry fee seemed steep to me also, but I'm not a racer.
    You've raised some interesting questions. In your racing experience do events like these ease their entry fees after the inaugural event? Do host cities discount lodging for registered racers? When they say "both" condo's and cedar breaks hotel are available for lodging. Do they mean there are only two condo's? (wink,wink) You couldn't be more right about bringing your own food. Five days of grub from that little inconvenience store will cost you more than that entry fee. (no joke)

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    You guys don't seem too excited about this race. Why? I was thinking of coming from NorCal. $400 isn't cheap, but it is comparable to attending Mountain Bike Oregon in Oakridge. I was thinking of staying in Parowan at night hoping to recover better at lower elevation. Is that a good idea? Any suggestions/comments you have would be appreciated!
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    I don't know enough about the events you mentioned to compare.

    The funny thing is, I AM excited about this race. It sounds really challenging and cool. However, in my experience, races in tiny mountain towns are pretty costly (limited food, limited lodging), lots of driving, and always some surprise expenses. For those coming from out of state, there is the cost of airfare, rental cars, or the extra time/money spent driving. Most elite racers have long since learned the lesson about trying to eat the food available at an out of season ski resort and will bring their own (I once purchased all the vegetables available in a small Pennsylvania town due to my lack of planning). The "free" jersey is nice and all, but most (fashion conscious) people will never wear an event jersey, and would probably prefer to save the money.

    Anyway, none of the above will keep people away individually, but the high entry fee is just another straw on the camel's back.

    Driving back and forth to Parowan or not is probably a toss up - a recovery time vs. recovery quality issue. If you have to drive yourself and load your own car, you are losing recovery time. Pro riders with team support will probably go low, those without support will probably stay high, is my WAG.
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    Thanks for your input. I agree with you about the food & jersey. Looks like Parowan would only be about a 20 min drive, right? A short drive like that would be worth it to me to sleep 2000 ft lower. Plus there is a grocery store in Parowan which hopefully means access to fresh fruits & veggies & maybe a small selection of restaurants? Can you comment on the town of Parowan based on personal experience? Everything I "know" about it comes from the web, which is no match for personal experience. Thanks for your input!
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    I don't know much about Parowan... I wouldn't assume there are veggies there, though. :-)
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    Yeah, i would try to get a room in Parowan with a mini-fridge and microwave. That's all you really need with the grocery store.

    The drive up is not bad, certainly scenic. I think your plan sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LemurianGuy
    Thanks for your input. I agree with you about the food & jersey. Looks like Parowan would only be about a 20 min drive, right? A short drive like that would be worth it to me to sleep 2000 ft lower. Plus there is a grocery store in Parowan which hopefully means access to fresh fruits & veggies & maybe a small selection of restaurants? Can you comment on the town of Parowan based on personal experience? Everything I "know" about it comes from the web, which is no match for personal experience. Thanks for your input!
    Not trying to nitpick, but Parowan is about 3600 feet lower.
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    3600 feet lower is even better I'll try to talk a couple of my riding buds into making the trip with me, if not I'll come solo. Again, thanks for your help. Local knowledge is priceless.
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