Fortysomethings place 1-2 in grueling contest
The negative comments above are true. That's why I will never do the race.I do 20 other USCF and Intermountaincup races each season and refuse to
do LOTOJA. Too many negatives and not enough positives. There are
too many outstanding, excellently run, challenging, fun races in the state to
spend so much money on this one. They're are also other races
locally that are not so flagrantly profitable. I believe the race supports the
salary of one individual. But if he can do it, more power to him!!
I'm just not supporting it.
My first Lotoja- a two person relay -and I thought it well run but agree that
starting the slower riders last is problematic. We nipped in just before dark
after a 7:44a start time. We would have been really bummed to make it that far
and be disqualified becausse it was dark! Fewer support vehicles would be
fantastic- more gas is burned than cyclist calories on that day!And Fred
Wyoming is the state where horses and cows have more rights than people. And
some of the people think cyclists should grow up and buy a car or you've gotten
a DUI and HAVE to ride a bike!
I finished this LOADAJOKE race last weekend. After 206 miles of chaos, lack of
support from the race coordinators, out of food at the stops, and the great
finish. Oh wait did I mention they made the oldest riders start last and the
younger rider start first? This created a situation where the oldest riders
finished in the dark, and the finish line was taken down, not given an official
time, and a DNF registered for your name. How lame & unprofessional for a race
to not even offer a racer food and drink or a time at the end of a grueling 206
miles, with 45 miles into a head wind. What a shame they charge $150 to enter
but provide absolute minimum support, think of all of the hydrocarbons released
when 1000 cars & SUV's were providing self support. I saw some cheating in this
race, but the real question is where did all the money go from registrations? I
did not see it being spent in the race.
NSP as one of the riders in the "photo finish" unfortunately I feel Fred is
right. I also consider what the "racers" were doing as cheating, and they know
better! Bike "racers" will take advantage of any opportunity, while the officals
and promoters of LOTOJA are busy trying to keep the non racers (the riders) in
some sort of order the race is running out of control.I made my feelings clear
to the "racers". I gave up on the "race" dedicated the rest of my day "riding"
to Jackson as fast as I could no matter what was going on behind me. In my
opinion LOTOJA needs to be either a race or a ride. The current system no one
I shoot photos of the race for NationalSportsPhotos.com My team & I also
drive the entire course and see it all. I will verify that officials were
present and many volunteers and radio operators. It is a closely monitored race.
At one point an officer had to chase down a wayward rider and return him to the
course. I was there when the lead rider was slowed by cows in the road. We
notified the course officials of the "obstacle".I have the photo
finish shot to prove it is an exciting race. From the dramtic finish of the
fastest racers to the very last wheels to roll in it is great race.We need to remember the worthy charities the race supports. Each of you have
my respect as riders and Brent Chambers is doing a fantastic job!
You don't like Lotoja? DON'T RIDE IT, or fix it so it fits your dream world.
There are plenty of people out there who would GLADLY take your spot, and I'd be
glad to have your attitude somewhere else!!!
LOTOJA was awesome. Everything from the organizers to the people along the
roads was first rate. I will agree that the first 34 miles were a little
confusing but after Preston everything was great. I hope the people of Utah,
Id and Wy appreciate the conditions of the highways you all have. Those 206
miles were on some of the best roads I have had the pleasure to suffer on. Now
if I can get my wife to agree to support me again next year I will be there for
The WY police and city of Jackson were very kind to everyone I saw. Between
LOTOJA and some training rides I rode around 500 miles this year in WY, I also
rode around 2,500 miles in Utah. The WY drivers are a LOT nicer to cyclists than
UT drivers. WY riders actually move to the left when passing a cyclist instead
of trying to hit me with their mirrors.Thanks LOTOJA for a great
race! I had a lot of fun. And thanks Layne and Russ for pulling me through Star
You'd need 1,400 officials to make sure the Cat 4s didn't ride with the Cat 3
guys and so forth down the line.Just race and let the timing chip
determine how fast you are. If you're a Cat 3 racer and don't like the Cat 4s
catching up to you, try pedaling faster.
sounds like the guy above didn't win and is doing a bit if whining. I too
competed and experience nothing but smiling faces from police and spectators and
all 3 states.
LOTOJA is the most unorganized 'race' of any race out there. It's a great ride,
and a good race for those that follow the rules. But when you start dozens of
50 rider packs that aren't supposed to work together at 2 minute intervals and
hire 4 officials to police 1400 racers, it's called anarchy - not racing. I
didn't see a single offical for the first 150 miles. And during that first 3/4
of the race, there were cat 3s and masters and tandems and citizend all working
together (ie cheating) and taking pace off the 1/2s who were actually trying to
race a competitice event and not ride a fun and happy ride to get to the finish.
The organizers need to come up with a way to run this better if they want to
continue to call it a race because there was very little fair racing out there
last saturday.And don't get me started how WY police and the city of
Jackson harass the racers (ie yell at us to get out of the roads - yes
literally) from the second we roll onto their precious state. But they're more
than happy to cash in on having 4000 people show up for the weekend to spend the
night and tons of $$ in their town.
The young guys and old guys were on the course at the same time, but were
competing separately. Maybe the young guys will go for the course record next
time. Fun day...but too much headwind.
Great event and a great finish. Especially those poor buggers who were still
struggling in after dark. Most of them made it to Jackson by sundown but the
finish was actually at Teton Village, a few miles on the other side of Jackson
-- maybe it should be called LOTOTEVI. Despite some miscues the team I supported
finished well in their division. Congratulation to Nancy, Amy and Shannon! You
LOTOJA rocks.Congrats to the old guys kicking young dude booty.