Sunday, May 15, 2011

Not the email I wanted to get today.

Yesterday morning there was a bike ride that road by our farm that is north of county 4 between Chatfield and Spring Valley. A number of these riders stopped and took a break in my yard. I thought it was a little strange that they felt so comfortable sitting on private property, my front yard. Since they were not doing any harm and my dogs were in the house I let it go, but then some started using my mailbox to rest their bikes up against. Soon more riders would stop and use my yard as a resting stop. One of these riders even urinated directly across from my driveway as my children watched him from my front window. There is a field drive 50 feet from my driveway lined with trees that would have been more appropriate. I do not know if this was the almanzo ride because I haven't seen a map of the ride, but if it is would you please remind your riders to respect private property. I really felt that it was inappropriate behavior I witnessed.

18 comments:

Parental Guidance said...

One of my favorite spring races was " pissed " once before. People come on! WTF! This guy is working his ass off so you can ride and you do this!!##

Andrew Karre said...

Indeed. This ride is a special thing. Even when we're cross-eyed with suffering, we cannot forget basic civility.

Anonymous said...

Not cool at all. I know there weren't 700 peeps racin' but its still hard to control a huge mass. However, you would think with how hard Chris works and the fact it was free everyone would work to make cyclist and Chris look awesome.

Stephanie said...

one man humbly takes on full responsibility for the actions of 700+ people for a 24-hour period each may. i imagine about 690 of them treated each mailbox, driveway, dog, horse, fence and yard as if it belonged to chris himself; each land owner, restaurant owner, spring valley gas station attendant, bartender, volunteer and old man on a tractor as if it was chris himself. i'm sure the ten or fewer who did not have learned from the examples that surrounded them saturday and will return in 2012: a year free, i hope (for chris' sake and for the sake of gravel racing), of emails like this in chris' inbox. to the 690: impressive!
to the 10: lesson learned.
you all have created an amazing community of people!

Gregorio said...

I spotted some riders "inside" a Barn seeking shelter too.. I think for next year we should tell to avoid all private property period..

Anonymous said...

I was not one of the inconsiderate people that trespassed on this woman's yard. But as a homeowner, I have had people that think the world is theirs for the taking, they don't seem to understand that when a person buys, maintains, pays taxes on a property, they expect others to respect what is theirs. I do not think any one of those riders would like some walking up, grabbing their bike and taking off with it to ride it around.
You don't do that because it is not being respectful of the owner.

Shaun said...

If it was you that is being described in the e-mail that Chris received, do us all a favor. Either respect other people's property next year or don't come back. We don't need this kind of behavior being the example that people will remember from what is an otherwise fantastic event.

Anonymous said...

Chris - We are one group, and right or wrong, the public need not distinguish between the 690 and the 10. I hope you can offer an apology from the mass of people replying to this post (and the rest of the riders) for this occurrence. Directions to not be a douchebag were pretty clear, but not followed.

Squirrel said...

Pissing in front of someones house IS pretty stupid and disrespectful. I don't fully understand the stance on hanging out in someones yard perhaps taking shelter or just a break. I'm not saying it was right, but it seems a simple meet and greet to tell them to leave would have been appropriate, and a solution to end what obviously bugged the owner. Not an email. I ride plenty of gravel here in Iowa and take shelter sometimes at/in a farmers yard. I usually get greeted by some ole boy who's curious of where I'm headed or "are you training for RAGBRAI". Its sad to think that country folk are so up tight and not social anymore. I seemed to be more pissed about the damn wrappers I saw on course. Chris another outstanding year and my first Almanzo DNF. Cheers until next year bro!

Anonymous said...

Squirrel,
Not everyone is that friendly, one persons greeting is another's confrontation. Some people have social anxieties, when these riders trespass it puts them in a very uncomfortable position. I suppose they could call the sheriff and "blow it out of proportion" or put up with and let someone that can do something about it know that it happened.
I hope that Chis's apology will help. Perhaps the sender of that email will read these comments and see that we do care and not judge the whole bunch of us by the actions of a few.

Squirrel said...

Amen!

Sue36 said...

Squirrel,
I was the one who sent the email. I do regret not going out and speaking directly to the group of people in my yard, but I was getting ready to leave for the morning and I was running very late and in addition to that it was raining out and I didn't want to go out in that weather. As I drove to Rochester the more upset I got about the what had happened, so I sent Chris an email.I think this ride is great for the area because it brings in people to patronize our local businesses and hopefully will bring in visitors who would love to visit beautiful Fillmore county. I just want everyone who participates in this ride to realize that they represent the people who work hard to put this ride on. If you see a rider in the future being disrespectful please say something to them. To everyone riding next year, if you need to take a break in my yard you are welcome to as long as your refrain from urinating in front of my house and leaving wrappers and banana peels in my yard.

Squirrel said...

Sue that is awesome. I'm relieved to know this didn't leave to terrible of a bad taste, and I meant no disrepect. I too was a country kid which is why I believe I'm such a social butterfly. I can't believe how some folks act...urinating and leaving trash..those mates do not belong at Almanzo.

Mary said...

Hard core man. I have two friends that finished their 100 miles each and one thing to say is I am way impressed them and everyone else who rode. Also, I heard very good things about you. Way to pull this all together Chris. Awesome.

Kevin said...

One comment on the wrappers... I think (hope) some of this may have been accidental. With all the extra layers and rain jackets it's hard to be sure a wrapper makes it all the way into your jersey pocket or wherever you are stuffing it, especially when you factor in gloves and freezing fingers. I'm guessing even the most considerate rider may have lost something by accident w/o even knowing it. I also saw water bottles, sunglasses, and other items left on the road that someone wouldn't intentionally leave behind...

Nate, the checkpoint Czar said...

A thought about rappers and other "dropped" trash. As a rider in the Almonzo, taking in to consideration the work done by Chris and other volenteers to make it happen, not picking up trash you come across on the coarse is the same as throwing it on the ground yourself. This race is special, it is a group effert, Chris,volenteers, riders, and the comunity. It will only continue to happen if we all work together.

Anonymous said...

"not picking up trash you come across on the coarse is the same as throwing it on the ground yourself."

now dont take it too far tharr buddy. Do you expect a racer on mile 147 to pick up some douchebag's gel packet?

Justin said...

Yes.