For the fun of it, i'm sharing the fantasy i had on my last tour.
Replies: 13 - Last Post: May 1, 2012 2:00 AM Last Post By: redwhitewine
Apr 28, 2012 10:14 PM
For the fun of it, i'm sharing the fantasy i had on my last tour.In this thread you can either share your own touring fantasies or you can comment on my dream. I am mainly interested in what you guys think of this project. I am not going to go ahead with it which is why i'm telling you about it.
I spent nearly the whole two months formulating the nooks and crannies of this story.
In a nutshell it is a bike race around the world that isn't actually a race. the more i thought about it, the more i thought that speed should be sacrificed.
So to have a global race when speed is not the point, i had to think of a way for there to be a winner. The idea is then to accumulate points.
The riders accumulated points by doing lots of different things in these broad fields
by doing cultural activities, the more original the better
by doing "hard core" type cycling activities - eg wild camping and cooking for yourself. ie points for wild camping but none of staying in a van park of hostel.
by doing arty things and reporting on and recording your trip in various ways.
In order to keep tabs on everyone and keep cheating out of the picture, all claims for points would be documented and have to pass credibility tests.
all riders would keep a detailed diary
and all claims for points would be emailed.
I wanted to have a big prize something of the order of $50 000 and run the race for anything between 6 months and a year.
How the race would operate would be that riders can go anywhere, design their own route. They wouldn't necessarily all have to leave home on the same date. But this would mean that the end of the race be when a year after the last rider started.
I would have tried to entice competitors with a low entry fee of about $150 but hoped to try to get 1000 entrants.
I think this would be a very fun business model to do. the main challenge would be to get a lot of entrants. So good marketing would be the main business activity. Perhaps the main reason why i decided not go ahead with it, was because i was going ot have to build a website as my first activity and decided i wasn't up to it.
I'm partly sharing this idea now because someone else out there might want to take it up. I worked out many other details but i'm not bothering to note them all down.
Part of the point of the race is to make people push themselves a bit harder whilst on tour. I suppose one could object to that because the beauty of travelling like this is to precisely what you want without any pressure. but then $50 000 would a nice carrot.
Apr 28, 2012 10:16 PM
Apr 28, 2012 11:28 PM
Apr 29, 2012 1:45 AM
Apr 29, 2012 4:33 AM
4redwhitewine, i wasn't going to leave it up to them to be honest. I know it would be too tempting to cheat so i spent a lot of time thinking about ways to "keep" them honest. They'd have to work pretty hard to prove they'd done what htey said they'd done. eg And that would mean if htey wanted to cheat they'd have to work hard at that too. It wouldn't be worth their effort. That was the plan.
Apr 29, 2012 3:50 PM
Apr 29, 2012 6:31 PM
Apr 30, 2012 5:55 AM
7Ok then its not a race its a competition. But i like the word race. Competitors earn points. That's how the winner is determined. Obviously i haven't gone into the details here. But for example you'd earn a lot of points if you got to have a meal with the king of some african country or the Queen of England for that matter. You'd earn points for attending an indian wedding. YOu'd earn points for a photo you took yourself of a kangaroo in the wild. You'd earn points for changing your own spokes if they broke. You'd earn points for eating some weird local delicacy. Photographic evidence combined with diary report would be the way you'd have to prove your claims to any activity so there'd be a lot of work involved in documenting your trip. But when all is said and done, i think it would be worth it for the competitors to go the extra mile and step out of their comfort zones even more than they would without hte challenge of competition.
Edited by: NewIslander
Apr 30, 2012 6:14 AM
8All those things are documented on sites like crazyguyonabike. You could just post on the forum there and ask people to submit their journals for your competition.
Of course Neil Gunton would say that Peter Gostelow should win, as Neil seems to have an unswerving belief that Peter is the patron saint of bicycle tourists.
Apr 30, 2012 9:12 AM
9I thought the patron saint of cycle touring was Al-Humphreys (P.B.U.H)...
Anyway, this competition concept is a dumb idea. Cycle-touring is inherently NON-COMPETITIVE and that's what attracts people to it. Cycle-touring is about enjoying the moment and spiritual/personal development. I mean, if anyone should know, it's me...
Apr 30, 2012 1:20 PM
Apr 30, 2012 6:36 PM
11Perry Travelling is also essentially non-competitive but that didn't stop the around the world race. And also i might say that what it is that attracts people to races in foreign countries is the fact that its a type of travelling. So i can't accpt your argument but i can accept your asessment.
Perry i don't know why if anyone should know its you any more than anyone else. Most of us regulars here have travelled and toured by bike. You are no one special.
Anyway i just thought i'd share my idea. If i had the energy for it, i'd have loved the chance to prove you wrong perry. My target audience was going to be the new young backpacking crowd. Get them to drop their backpacks and jump on a bike. I htink a nice big carrot of $ would have lured a few people. Anyhow, never mind.
May 1, 2012 1:48 AM
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