Really bummed about this, but made the call last weekend. I'm not going to the Laramie Enduro. With the price of gas up over 4 bucks a gallon, driving solo to the race is prohibitively expensive. Then there's the price of a motel room....yeah, I know....I could camp, but I never sleep well when I camp prior to a race. Food, NORBA License, and other miscellaneous expenses would have pushed this race to well over 400 bucks. That's a bit steep when I'm not bringing home any moola. If I got paid to race, I'd be there in a heartbeat, but I'm not a professional racer and have no delusions of granduer. I just enjoy riding my bike with cool people for long rides. Going fast is fun sometimes too.
I don't know how some folks out there can afford to race every weekend. Must have lots of disposable income. I've only managed to make it to two races this year. One was free! and the other was less than 70 bucks. I sure like free races.
Speaking of free races, the Pirate Cycling League is kickin' around the idea of hosting a gravel race this Fall. The race will begin and end in Lincoln and travel to exotic places surrounding Lincoln such as Wilber (the Czech Capital of Nebraska!), Malcolm, Valiprasio, Ceresco, Eagle and who knows where else. More details to come on the PCL blog.