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Re: [RC] Do words matter? - Barbara McCrary

50-mile rides were in place before AERC was ever formed. The first endurance ride, as we know them today, was Tevis. In the late 1950s, Julie Suhr attempted Tevis and was thoroughly "hooked" on the sport. She said she could not wait another whole year for the next Tevis (there were no other rides.) She organized the first Castle Rock Challenge Ride in 1967, but lacking enough trail, it was only about 35 or so miles long. In 1969, the Castle Rock Horsemen's Assn., sponsors of the ride, came to us and asked if we had a staging area and did we know of a connecting trail link from the ocean where we live to the mountains where the ride would end. If we did, CRHA could put together a 50-mile ride. We had both a staging area and knowledge of the connecting link, and so in 1969, Castle Rock became a 50-mile ride. It was either the first, or among the very earliest 50-mile rides known. Early-day riders in Nevada put together a lot of rides and there were one or two in northern CA and in Idaho, I think. Heidi Smith could fill us in on that area's history.

To get to the point, 50-mile rides existed several years before AERC was formed. And possibly the reason there were 50-mile rides as well as a VERY few 100s was lack of trail for the longer distance. In our area, it would be fairly hard to put together more than the one 100 that exists, and that's our Swanton Pacific, as it takes up two counties, two state parks, and a LOT of private land. It also takes a lot of time, dedication, volunteers and facilities to put on a 100. It's infinitely easier on everyone....RMs, volunteers, vets....to put on a 50.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Karen Williams" <kc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 10:28 AM
Subject: [RC] Do words matter?

Why did AERC start doing other distances than 100 miles? Probably to draw in more riders. So you draw us in and then insult us when we don't step up and do "real endurance" which, obviously, are 100-mile rides.

Karen Williams
Spotsylvania, VA
(back to lurking)


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[RC] Do words matter?, Joe Long
Re: [RC] Do words matter?, Barbara McCrary
[RC] Do words matter?, Karen Williams