I want to make a couple of things perfectly clear before getting into this post. Full disclosure kinds of things.
- Rockwell Relay isn’t paying me anything to promote their Moab to Saint George race.
- They are, however, giving my team free entry into their race, as well as FatCyclist / Rockwell limited-edition jerseys for every member in my team.
(There, I think we all feel better now, what with the total transparency and everything.)
As far as bribery and the selling of one’s blogging soul goes, that’s not much. Indeed, it’s not enough for me to go on and spend a whole blog post trying to sell you on coming out to Utah and doing the Rockwell Relay: Moab to Saint George.
So the question is, why am I doing this?
Well, I’ve got a few reasons. Partially because I admire what local promoters do. Putting on a race of this enormous scope is an even more enormous task; these guys deserve our support.
Partially it’s because I like the design of the free jersey they’re giving to team captains who sign up for the relay via this site (and other members of the team can get it too for $50, which is the cost of the jersey for the Rockwell guys). It’s got a cool split-personality thing I personally identify with quite nicely.
Check it out:
But the real reason — the really-for-real real reason I’m going to try to sell you on getting a group of friends together and doing this race is a lot more simple:
I just really like it.
And I think you would too.
So here’s my pitch.
Reason 1: I’ll Grill Brats For You The Night Before
Last year, just for fun, I proposed to the Rockwell guys that I should grill bratwurst for everyone at a night-before-the-race picnic. Here I am, cooking and eating at the same time, which is probably a violation of some FDA code or another:
And here’s my work, which I frankly (ha!) think is too beautiful for words:
I loved doing this, because it gave me an opportunity to hang out and talk with pretty much every racer doing the event, and also because it gave me an opportunity to show off my bratwurst superpower.
The fact is, if you read this blog and are not a vegetarian (or vegan or whatever), you know that you would like to find out whether my brats are all they’re cooked (ha!) up to be (they are).
This is a perfect opportunity.
Reason 2: The Race Course Is Beautiful
The real star of the Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George is the route. It’s awe-inspiringly beautiful. You will see gorgeous desert, red rock vistas, and alpine mountains.
And since you’re only riding 1/4 of the course, you’ll have plenty of time to take in that beauty.
Bring a camera. You’re going to take a lot of pictures.
Reason 3: The Format Is Fantastic
Anytime I’ve ever raced, I’ve wondered what it’s like to be a spectator in that race, and whether they’re having more fun than the racers.
Likewise, anytime I’ve watched a race, I’ve wondered what it’s like to be a racer on the course.
With the Rockwell Relay, you get to do both. Plus you get to be a crew chief. And once in a while, you get to just sit back and be a passenger.
You will never feel as much a part of a race — getting to experience it from every point of view — as doing a relay like this.
Reason 4: You’ll Make Friends (And Maybe More?)
When you start this race, you’ll be all bunched up with the other teams. That doesn’t last long. Within a few legs of the race, your team will have settled into a groove close to a few other teams, and you’ll start to get to know each other as your support vehicles leapfrog each other and support each other’s racers.
After working together over a hard, hot, windy stage, The Hammer had gone from stranger to best friends forever with Ryan, a racer on another team:
Oh, here’s another example. Here’s my nice and me, right before the race last year:
She met a nice guy during this race last year.
Now they’re engaged.
Reason 5: It Just Feels Epic
Because there’s a lot of story to tell.
And it’s not like my team’s experience was any more dramatic or special than any other teams’. Every team comes away from a big event like this with incredible stories and amazing memories. It’s a race and a road trip, rolled up together.
Reason 6: It’s Only As Competitive As You Want It To Be
I’ve mentioned before that when I’m not racing, I’m a pretty easy-going guy. When I am racing, however, I am not your friend. At all. I become this weirdly angry, focused, hyper-competitive animal who would like nothing so much as to tear your legs off.
Thankfully, not everyone is like me.
So — new for this year — The Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George has a “non-competitive” division, where, if you like — your team can skip a leg or switch riders in the middle of a leg or otherwise do whatever you need to do in order to get a lot of riding in without hating what you’re doing.
Which means that folks who just want to cruise it can just cruise it and make game-time adjustments to race order and so forth, without worrying about people like me flipping out over what they’re doing is fair.
How’d I Do?
Okay, that’s my pitch. Let me know if you’re going to sign up. And if you do, be sure to sign up at the special Friends of Fatty sign up page, by clicking here. And make sure you do it by the end of February, cuz that’s when the special free FatCyclist / Rockwell jersey promotion ends.
See you there. I hope.