A group of us from work used to ride every year. We used to get a few kick-in donations from some local companies that greatly offset the costs to ride and our usual upgrade to a local hotel. After those donations dried up, we relied on ourselves and on the kindness of some family members to help us reach our fundraising goals.
The fundraising part is never fun...but...we always had a great time. We rode as fast as we could for as long as we could. When the engines started to sputter, we'd stop along the way at one of the rest stops. The ride is incredibly well supported. Every stop usually had a maintenance area, snacks, fruit, hydration, shelter, ice and first aid. The lunch stop was well stocked with all of the above as well as a host of assorted sandwiches. The brownie stop had...brownies. Big, delicious ones. You burned of the excess anyways.
Support vehicles troll the course the entire time. Hot showers and a spaghetti dinner awaited your arrival. Your bags and tents were delivered and always easily located. The Jet Express was right nearby to get you to the Bay for a few hours of extreme hydration. The real price to pay for the whole event is the grueling ride home after a night of excess.
I look forward to doing it again when the home life slows down a bit. I'd like to believe that at several levels, MS patient outcomes have improved as a result of the research that we played a very small part in funding.
On a side note...an apology. We always tried to be courteous as we wore shirts identifying our employer. Occasionally, we might have startled you as we zipped past. We always tried our best to advise that we were coming up quickly and to give you a wide berth.
ON YOUR LEFT!
If that warning got lost in crosswinds...sorry.