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    Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - FancyNite

    In a message dated 10/24/2002 2:13:04 PM Central Daylight Time, jlong@xxxxxxxx writes:

    Yes, I would, with compassion.  There are many things we do not allow
    young children to do.  Go to any amusement park, and look at all the
    signs that say "You must be this tall to ride this ride."  OK, instead
    of age, maybe we could have a "minimum height" rule.


    I am glad you never told me I COULDN'T do something because of my age, because all that would have done was push me harder to succeed.  That's like telling a girl she can't do something because she is a girl... (look out, that is dangerous)

    And this has NOTHING to do with amusement parks.  I would rather ride 50 miles a day for a year rather than KILL myself on ONE of those rides.  I like walking!  (then again that is just my opinion.. But wait isn't that where this all started?)

    I NEVER said I disagreed with you that 5 IS TO YOUNG to do a 100 miler.  All I disagreed with you about is that it was ABUSE.  I just don't agree that we should put an age limit on our junior riders.  If you feel a need to put an age limit on a 100 miler... well your the politician NOT me.  

    Even with the idea of having them "Qualify" to do longer distances.  I agree with Maryben as well.  I got to thinking how I would have reacted as a junior, to have someone tell me I had to have so many miles to do a 50.... Well, I am sure I wouldn't be to happy.  I must admit though, if you put an age limit on these kids... I hope you lock your camper door at night.

    So here is my latest BRAINSTORM.. (ouch)

    Junior riders under the age of 12.. (or 10, whatever - pick a number, it is PRETTY darn obvious that you are going to have to put an age on it, isn't it?)
    Must qualify to ride in a 100 mile endurance event.  A junior rider has to have at least 250 (again pick a number) miles to be eligible to enter a 100 mile ride.  These are all JUST IDEAS Joe, I am not saying your thoughts aren't in the right place.

    Junior riders have to basically "Qualify" to ride unsponsored.. So why can't they qualify to ride a 100????

    Just a couple more cents.. <g>
    Gotta go finish packing the trailer.