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[RC] 100 's discussion - Karen Coombes

All of you that are SOOOOO worried about the lack of 100?s ? I have a
fantastic idea.  Why don?t YOU put on a 100 mile ride?  Those I hear doing
the most griping about it have been around, by their own admissions, a
long time (I believe dinosaur is the term used) and should have the ride
experience to do it.  Then, maybe, you might begin to understand the
problem.  A place to ride first of all ? that?s a huge hurdle.  Then the
volunteers to gather.  Could any of you get enough volunteers to man a 100
mile ride?  And vets?  And all the paperwork ? sanctioning, insurance,
marketing, registrations, collecting money, getting awards for the riders,
feeding the riders and vets, etc, etc, etc - do YOU have time to tend to
all these details?  Do you even volunteer at rides ? when was the last
time?  It takes untold hours ? with NO pay ? to manage a ride.  My hat is
off to EVERYONE who has ever attempted such a feat.  My heart is filled
with gratitude for you, for without you there would be no 100 mile rides,
or 50 mile rides, or 25 mile rides.  Thre would be no AERC.
Thank a volunteer - and become one.  Give back!!


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