Louisville Bicycle Club
January-February 2009 Newsletter

The Year of the Mad Dog

by Kirk Roggenkamp, TMD Director


2009 – “The year of the Mad Dog,” or at least that’s what it says on my new calendar. This coming touring season will bring the sixth edition of the LBC Tour de Mad Dog (TMD) and you are invited to participate.

The TMD is a friendly, but challenging, cycling competition organized by our club that mimics the Tour de France in that participants ride a prologue and 21 stages over 2000 total miles in pursuit of a spot on the final podium and the glory of claiming the Yellow Jersey as overall leader and champion of the LBC Tour de Mad Dog Challenge. However, the TMD differs from Le Grande Tour in that stages are spread out on selected weekends and holidays over an eight month touring season and that you don’t need to be a pro, or even a “racerdude” to compete and even win the challenge. You must be fit enough to complete a typical century stage in the allotted time of ten hours, but a stage winner is randomly drawn from among all course finishers, and your assigned finish time has more to do with the size of your finish group and proximity to the stage winner than your actual time on the course. The TMD rules are many and seriously taken with multiple opportunities for both time bonuses and penalties alike, but emphasize fun, fellowship, strategy, persistence, and some luck, over just strength and speed on your bike to win or even finish the tour.

A link to the complete and updated TMD Challenge Rules will soon be available through the touring page of the LBC website. Stage finish times are cumulative for each participant for a General Classification that will be updated and posted after each stage. Rider standings in the current GC will determine the podium leaders for both men and women and the owner of the coveted Yellow Jersey for the overall leaders in both categories.

New this year will be the addition of the White Jersey for both men and women to signify the tour leader among those who qualify as a “new” rider. You are eligible to compete for the White Jersey if you are under 25 years old by tour’s end or if you have never completed a prior TMD Challenge regardless of your age.

The individuals who have won the TMD Challenge the past few years have ridden all or nearly all of the stages offered. However, to officially finish the 2009 TMD Challenge, and not be declared “abandoned,” you must complete at least nine stages without missing more than four in a row. Complete your first TMD stage of the season and earn a Mad Dog tattoo!

Qualify as an official tour finisher and earn the right to wear the ’09 TMD jersey. Or, make this your year to finish atop the podium and wear yellow before the adoring crowds.

Any LBC member can participate in the TMD Challenge (and you must be a LBC member to be counted in the GC standings), and there are no entry fees to ride any stage or be part of the competition. However, official entry to the TMD Challenge will close after Stage 5 (The Medora Century on Saturday, May 16).

The tour starts with a short time trial prologue on Sunday, March 1 and Stage 1 will be the Maple Syrup Festival Century the following Sunday, March 8. There are 2-3 stages scheduled per month including two overnight trip opportunities. The tour concludes with Stage 21, The Original Crestwood Killer, perhaps the most difficult century on the LBC schedule, on Sunday, October 18. All TMD stage dates and ride specifics are posted on the LBC Scheduler and current month ride schedules.

You can also find the entire ’09 TMD Schedule and a brief history of the Mad Dogs at john paul’s website: http://jpaul.us/ maddogs. Most of the TMD stages map and cue sheets either are currently or soon will be posted on Larry Preble’s website: www.kybikerides.org as well.

Besides the “usual suspects” and established Mad Dogs, I hope to see lots of new faces on this year’s tour. Make no mistake, many of these rides are difficult, and to successfully complete the TMD Challenge is, well, a challenge. However, I guarantee it’s the most fun you will ever have with a chamois between your legs. Make it your New Year’s resolution to train and ride like a mad dog in ’09. Riders wanting more information about the LBC Mad Dogs or joining us for the next Tour de Mad Dog may contact me at anchordog@insightbb.com.

See you in the Spring!
Kirk Roggenkamp, TMD Director


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