Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

Re: [RC] LD - Truman Prevatt

Gee I don't know about that - Carl Lewis sure got a lot by going 100 meters. Maybe the greatest track athletic of his day. Then follow that by Michael Johnson the greatest of his day. Heck he did go further - all of 200 meters and 400 meters. Does anyone call any names of any to US marathoners during the mid 80' to 2000? If the logic below holds - then the Marathoners would be the guys with the big shoe deals, etc. - I got news for you folks it is not, that's not the case.

The point I think some are trying make is they feel the ride managers are accepting their money - in many cases as much as the longer distances and then they don't receive the benefits as spelled out in the rules, e.g. the chance to stand for BC. I can basically guarantee you that you won't here the complaint about ride managers and LDs in the SE region. The LD has been an integral part of endurance in the SE for a long time. I expect the MW and CT regions are much the same.

If we are going to take full dues from people that choose to ride LDs and charge them fees the same as the other distances I would suggest that we provide them with the same quality experience as the other distances. The way I read it that was all that was asked for.

I will close with one incident I saw some years back. We had a rider in the SE that was the prototypical professional LDer. He had a great horse - the horse was 8 or 9 at the time of the incident. The horse was in great shape and he rode the horse to win - and did most of the time along with BC. One day after the ride another rider comes up and says to him that his horse is obviously good, why is he messing around with LD's why isn't he doing real endurance. My mouth fell open since I knew why. The rider answered it in what I though was a gracious manner, a lot more gracious than I would have been if it had been me. He said "well I love to ride and would like to be able to ride further, but you see I took some rounds in my lower back in Vietnam and at about 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours in the saddle my left leg goes to sleep and I even have a difficult time walking so I can only ride 2 1/2 to 3 hours and that is an LD." The woman that asked this question seemed somewhat miffed at the answer and turned and walked away. I consider her to be have been just down right rude and some might say she was treating this particular as a "second class citizen."

If this sport wants to lay claim to being a "big tent" and welcoming all - then it needs to act like it since LD is defined as part of the sport in the bylaws and has it's own set of rules.


Bruce Weary wrote:

Those who want "more for less," and by that I mean wanting more opportunities for winning, BC's, points, recognition, their name in lights, bragging rights at the water cooler at work, etc., for only having only gone half to one fourth (or less) the distance of what our sport has defined as an endurance ride, are going to have to realize that in life, recognition and praise are generally in proportion to the effort given.


“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp
Subscribe/Unsubscribe http://www.endurance.net/ridecamp/logon.asp

Ride Long and Ride Safe!!


[RC] LD, Bruce Weary