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Re: RC: The first multiday
In a message dated 12/03/1999 2:05:46 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<< In 1983 the XP became the first
multi-day ride to be sanctioned by the AERC.
So which ride was the first official multiday ride? Was the Capitol to
Capitol not sanctioned?
Unfortunately, I don't remember precisely, but I think C-C was sanctioned.
I'm sure someone connected with the ride in its early days could provide more
concise info on this. I do know, however, that when Dave Nicholson first
wanted to stage a 5-day ride on the XP trail from Fairfield, UT to
Schellbourne, NV he was opposed vehemently by a past BOD member (probably a
personal vendetta). Dave was concerned that this one member could influence
the board so as to prevent his ride from taking place (being sanctioned, that
is). I had been a crew and driver for a couple I knew who had done the 1979
BPO-sponsored XP ride. I drove from Simpson Springs to Carson River, then
had to return home for another committment. But I had spent a week on the
trail, learned the concept of the multi-day ride and was thoroughly
capitivated. At the time of Dave's wanting to submit his idea to the BOD, I
was a recently elected West region director (I was first seated in 1982). He
called me one evening and asked if I would support his ride to the BOD so he
could achieve sanctioning for it. I told him I certainly would, as I felt the
multi-day ride was one of the most exciting ideas to come along in AERC
history. At the annual meeting I encouraged the BOD to sanction Dave's ride,
they approved, and the rest is history. So I was in on the "ground floor" of
multi-day ride history and was in part responsible for the success of the
concept. And look at all the MD rides to take place since 1983! I still
feel they are a true test of endurance and one of the great adventures of all
time. As the Special Events sanctioning director at the time, I was also
responsible for recommending sanctioning of his 2001 XP ride.
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