The All Conditions Ride and the Wintertide Ride seem similar, on the surface: Both are wintertime rides; both rides happen regardless of weather conditions; both rides will likely be tests of rider mettle.
Aside from that, the rides are very different. At its most basic, The Wintertide Ride offers a lot more than the All Conditions Ride: Wintertide is an all day ride, has full vehicle and technical support throughout the day, full hot meals for the entire event -- including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and trail food and hot drinks, and it has an entry fee.
Here are some examples of ways in which the two events differ.
|Aspect of the Event||All Conditions Ride||Wintertide Ride|
|Event Details||Read all about it: All Conditions Ride||Read all about it: Wintertide Ride|
|Where do I sign up?||RSVP at Ride Studio Cafe||Wintertide Ride on Bikereg.com|
|Who do I contact if I have questions?||Email to: Ride Studio Cafe||Email to: Overland Base Camp|
|Ride Type||Mixed-terrain, fine-tuned based on real-time weather conditions. Locale: Exurban and suburban.|
|Mission||Testing Equipment: Tires, bike, cothing, gumption -- and test riding bikes,if you're intersted.||Testing Limits: Your limits, riding boundaries, climate extremes, edges of endurance.|
|Time & Distance||Time: About 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on the pace of the group you choose||Distance: 90 miles, 60 miles, and 45 miles. The 45 mile ride is likely to take about 5-7 hours to complete. The 90 mile route will take most riders about 11-15 hours to complete.|
|Number of rides or groups||Three pace options||Two categories with three distance options: Team & Solo|
|How challenging is this ride?||Anyone that's ridden a Ride Studio mixed-terrain ride will be fine -- if you've got the right ride equipment for winter riding.||This is a very challenging ride. For many riders you'll be starting before sunrise and returning after dark. It requires fortitude that not every rider has.|
|Ideal bike||Very much weather dependent. Fundamentally a minimum of 40c tires and gearing of close to a 1:1 ratio.|
|Requirements to participate||
See the full list of requirements here. The short version is:
|Rider Support||Groups of riders, route, a warm place to start and end||Vehicle support throughout the ride. Multiple supported stops. Wood fires at multiple stops.|
|Opportunities to warm up||Our route comes close to some cafes so if needed, we can stop at multiple places.||Overland's trademark warm wood fires at multiple stops. Multiple cafe stops, too.|
|Food & Drink||The Studio will have their standard fare available for purchase: Caffeinated drinks and light food.||Full hot breakfast spread, warm lunch on the trail, full hot dinner after the ride, and multiple stops with trail food and hot drinks along the way.|
|Cost||Zero dollars.||Average registration fee $100, depending on category and registration date. The investment covers three meals and snacks, all day rider support, warm locations, real wood fires, and experiences you won't have anywhere else.|
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