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[RC] - Ginger Bill

What has continued to amaze me is the time restraints put on the limited distance riiders. I thought we were trying to discourage the racing concept and yet by just trying to make time it forces the limited distance riders into riding, often times, faster than they would appreciate. I know, some people would say that we are trying to prep these riders for 50's or better but not true, as most of these riders are very content to just ride the ride and have no desires to move on to a longer distance. If there must be a cut-off time why must it be 6 hours and then their disqualified? What's wrong with 8 hours or more, especially since there are 50 milers running anyway? Again, we are still defeating the policy that LD'S are not a race when the rider has to race to make time. Many years before AERC put the pressure on the Ride Managers to incorporate LD's in with the 50's my husband and I used to ride every limited distance ride we could find, no time limits, and we had a blast. Now my husband will not ride anymore, even though he would love to, but the speed is too fast and the enjoyment is non-existent.

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