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Old 04-22-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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Need motos for bicycle event near Gilroy, CA May 3 $$$

Inmates, Hi!

As you may or may not know, I'm the self-appointed coordinator for 150 bicycle race motos on the East Coast. That means most of the larger race and ride promoters now call me for motos. In the past, they just got the next door neighbors kids, best friend, who had a GXer to be a moto for a case of beer.

In the past few years, I've created an organized more professional group, for the promoters to draw from.

Okay, that's the history. One of my promoters, is putting on an event on the west coast, near San Francisco. I started emailing them in January, and calling/texting, no response.

I wanted to have time to line up all the motos I needed, which I did, but wanted to make sure we were a go for the event, and all I needed was a quick "Let's do it Liz", back in January or February or even March.


Instead, the promoter emails me a couple of days ago less than two weeks before the event, and says "Hey Liz, can you do the motos?" This is after I let go all the ones I lined up, because they had other options, and I figured the promoter decided against doing motos.

So here are the details:

It's a bicycle ride, south of SFO, starting and finishing in Morgan Hill, three groups going out, 25 miles, 60 miles, and 90 miles. The number of riders per group will probably be 100, 300, and 300.

The Date is May 3rd, Sunday, meeting up near Gilroy, in Morgan Hill, at 6:30am.

I need between 8 and 12 motos to lead and support the groups.

The Pace-Motos (lead) will just stay in front of the leaders of each of the groups, from the starting line to the finish line. It'll be good to know the course, albeit the course is well marked, and there should be a GPS file.

The Support-Motos will carry tire tubes, tire pumps (floor models are the best), some water and food if possible, and a multi-tool. Support motos are there to make sure the riders stay on course, check in with the riders, stop and help if they need something, and basically make sure they have a good time.

If there is an accident, a lot of times, we're first on scene. We're not usually EMT's, although over half of my motos on the East Coast are either current or former EMT's, fire personnel, or LEO. We assess the situation, call 911 if necessary, check in with me and main control of the event, and stay with the rider until they are up and riding, or on their way in an ambulance.

When the motos come back in, whether it's the pace-moto or support-moto, rule of thumb is to take a short break and go back out onto the course. The point is we leave no rider behind. Generally, I expect the motos to go back out as far as they can, backwards on the course, and then turn around and start back towards the finish, helping. I'll probably have one dedicated sweep moto.

Things that the motos could have that would be a help are; Hi-Viz jacket or vest, 5 watt ham style radio, headset with push to talk for said radio, cell phone, bicycle floor pump, pannier or top box to carry things. If they don't have any of that stuff, that's okay, I'll either be bringing it myself, or will make sure we get them outfitted.

Previous experience working with bicycle races or foot races or escorting is great, but not necessary.

We would like to meet the day before May 2nd near the course, to pre-ride it, and get to go over things with everyone.

My years on ADV have taught me that we have some of the best people on here. Thus my instinct is to draw from the ADV Family for help.

Might you be able to come work this event with me, and/or bring/send friends?

There is money involved, a couple hundred dollars for the Sunday.

Please get back to me either way, and/or with suggestions of people, as soon as possible, either via here or call, text, or email me.

My details:

Liz Campbell
802-342-3881 cell/text (I'll delete this later)
mslizvt@yahoo.com

Thank you so much!


Liz

PS: Here's a link to more information about being a Moto. You'll see I got carried away.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...hlight=motoref

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Old 04-22-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:08 PM   #4
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Seriously - I am so torn - I wanted to do the Avenue of the Giants HM (which is a LONG way away from Oakland) and am now experiencing conflicting "But what bike event IS IT?" and would I rather ride it or do moto support...

I can't decide! My head is going to explode!
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:09 PM   #5
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Seriously - I am so torn - I wanted to do the Avenue of the Giants HM (which is a LONG way away from Oakland) and am now experiencing conflicting "But what bike event IS IT?" and would I rather ride it or do moto support...

I can't decide! My head is going to explode!

Jenn, Hi!

With all the bicycle events in the SFO/OAK area, you can ride them anytime, but you can't exactly do Moto-Support for one all that often.

I just sent you an email with more details.

Come play with us, Jenn!



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Old 04-24-2015, 07:50 AM   #6
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:32 AM   #7
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Thanks for thinking of me with the PM, but I wouldn't be much help...I ride 850 miles per week and I'm tired by the weekend. I'd probably ride over a few bicycles.

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Old 04-24-2015, 10:00 AM   #8
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Jenn, Hi!

With all the bicycle events in the SFO/OAK area, you can ride them anytime, but you can't exactly do Moto-Support for one all that often.

I just sent you an email with more details.

Come play with us, Jenn!



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Well.. I don't own a car, so for me - getting to a bicycle event (or Avenue of the Giants HM) is a lot more of a logistical issue that requires finding a car to rent (and it actually being there - a big issue with car rentals in my experience).

I'm interested -- and curious to know if folks are camping out the night before or at a nearby hotel...
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for thinking of me with the PM, but I wouldn't be much help...I ride 850 miles per week and I'm tired by the weekend. I'd probably ride over a few bicycles.


Larryboy, Hi!

You're quite welcome.

Thanks!


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Old 04-24-2015, 06:39 PM   #10
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would it be bad form to show up with no mirrors, no horn, no turn signals and knobbies?















I got the signals on, mirror on, horn will be on...cant garuntee Ill have slicks and street gearing (I promise no 3rd gear power wheelies...in front of the cameras)mounted, but I should have most of the dirt off and the chain sparkly clean.


Liz, do I need to bring my insurance and registration for you to see?
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:22 PM   #11
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would it be bad form to show up with no mirrors, no horn, no turn signals and knobbies?















I got the signals on, mirror on, horn will be on...cant garuntee Ill have slicks and street gearing (I promise no 3rd gear power wheelies...in front of the cameras)mounted, but I should have most of the dirt off and the chain sparkly clean.


Liz, do I need to bring my insurance and registration for you to see?

Matthew, Hi!

Flashers = very important, mirrors and horn too. Clean, yes yes yes.

For what it's worth, this is starting and finishing at the Specialized Bicycle Headquarters, Bicycling Magazine's largest sponsor. We should look as good as we can.

Knobbies, I don't care.

You should have your registration and insurance information with you.

Otherwise, all is good.


Jenn, I'm emailing you now, and Spafxer too.

Thanks!



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Matthew, Hi!

Flashers = very important, mirrors and horn too. Clean, yes yes yes.

For what it's worth, this is starting and finishing at the Specialized Bicycle Headquarters, Bicycling Magazine's largest sponsor. We should look as good as we can.

Knobbies, I don't care.

You should have your registration and insurance information with you.

Otherwise, all is good.


Jenn, I'm emailing you now, and Spafxer too.

Thanks!



Liz

I got signals but they dont do a hazzard flash. The bike just dosent have the option. usually if I have a hazzard the bike and I are no longer in the same proximity so...
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I will be working, but keep me in mind for any other west coast opportunities. I have always wanted to do this.
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Old 04-25-2015, 03:21 PM   #14
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I will be working, but keep me in mind for any other west coast opportunities. I have always wanted to do this.
Hobbes, Hi!

I'm going to be private messaging you in a moment.

For anyone who's interested, I'm going to keep track of your names and information for other events that are coming up. So please send me a note, and I'll respond and get your info.

Thanks!


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Old 04-26-2015, 11:21 AM   #15
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Hi Liz,

This sounds like something I'd like to try, but unfortunately I am already committed to attend the ADV Mendo Rally next weekend. Please keep me in the loop for future events.

BTW, I think I met you at Cromag Rally in '09. Wasn't this your bike?

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