Great Lakes Challenge Rider Information


Greetings, GLC Riders!

We've had a few questions about the GLC, and thought that we'd share them with you, along with our answers.  You may find the following information helpful as you prepare for the Great Lakes Challenge World Record Ride.  

When is the event, again?  
The GLC is set for May 24 - May 27, 2002

Where does the GLC start and finish?
Park Inn and Suites
3340 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701

When do I need to be in Eau Claire?
You should plan on being in Eau Claire on Friday, May 24, 2002. 

What is the schedule for Friday, May 24th?
Rider check in will be available from 1630 -  1900
Doors for The Liar's Banquet will open at 1700, with dinner served beginning at approximately 1800.
A mandatory riders meeting will be held at approximately 1930.  We will be available for questions thereafter.

What time zone are you using anyways?
Like always, all times listed are local.  

Tell me more about the food!
You know how we love BBQ.  Look for BBQ ribs, grilled chicken breast, southwest shrimp sauté, fresh steamed vegetables, au gratin potatoes, and the like.

Can I bring a guest to the banquet?
Your entry fee includes your meal.  Guest meal tickets are $25 each.  Because we must provide a head count to the caterer, guest meal reservations must be made by May 15, 2002.  Reserve your guest meal ticket via email to glcguest@teamstrange.comWe cannot accommodate guests without reservations.

What's this Liar's Banquet all about?
The Liar's Banquet is your chance to meet and greet your fellow riders, TeamStrange Staff and volunteers.  The banquet also features the always entertaining mandatory riders' meeting, which includes an opportunity to get any last minute questions you may have cleared up.  We always have a few surprises in store, so come prepared for anything...

When will the route be released?
We promise you will have the route in hand before you depart on the GLC.

When can we leave on the ride?
Riders will be released on Saturday, May 25 from 0600 - 0900.  

Will there be an odometer check?
There will be an odometer check incorporated into the route.  Riders will be advised and given specific instructions pertaining to the odometer check prior to departure.

Where do I check in at the end of the ride?
The same place the ride started, at the Park Inn in Eau Claire, WI (address and phone above).

When will check in be staffed?
Check in will be available beginning Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 2200 and ending on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 1000.

Will this ride count toward the Ironbutt Association's Great Lakes Gold ride?
Yes.  The GLC has been sanctioned by the Ironbutt Association as an official Great Lakes Gold group record ride.  Riders finishing in 50 hours or less will earn Ironbutt Association membership and be eligible to receive the IBA's Great Lakes Gold certificate.  Riders finishing in 75 hours or less will earn Ironbutt Association membership and be eligible to receive the IBA's Great Lakes 100 certificate.  Riders finishing in 100 hours or less will not earn IBA membership, but will be eligible to receive the IBA's Great Lakes 100 certificate.  Remember, if you successfully complete the event, we will certify your time and mileage to the IBA, so you don't need to worry about additional paperwork and witnesses!

Can I start the event in a different place/ride the course in the opposite direction/etc?
No.  In order for your ride to count for the record, you must follow our course, which means you must start and finish at the same location as everyone else.

Do I have to ride in a group/by myself?
No.  Riders are free to ride with other riders or alone.  You are encouraged to set your own pace and ride within your own limits.  You just need to follow our course and finish within the 100 hours allowed.  

Can you suggest any toll roads for the trip?
Have a look at the TeamStrange discussion board for more information than you wanted to know about this critical topic.  It is available via our web site at  It's always a good idea to check the web site for new and breaking information.

You know it.  We'd love to tell you, but it would spoil the surprise.  Don't worry, you'll like 'em...

What do I get for finishing the GLC in 100 hours or less?
In addition to the satisfaction of a job well done,  successful finishers will get some extra cool mementos from TeamStrange memorializing their accomplishment. You may also earn Ironbutt Association membership and/or apply directly to the Iron Butt Association for its Great Lakes Gold certificate as discussed above.  

What about that pass the drawing Ironbutt spot?
TeamStrange staff will be having breakfast in at the Park Inn in Eau Claire at the event's 50 hour mark on Monday morning.  At that point, the drawing for the 2003 Ironbutt entry will be held,  All GL Gold finishers (50 hours or less) are eligible.  Remember, the winner will bypass the drawing but is still responsible for entry fees and other costs of participation in the IBR.  Good Luck!

What else?
You tell us.  Please direct any questions you may have to   We'll update this page as needed.

Released: 01 May 2002
Last Updated: 22 Jul 2011 to reflect new rider release time (see message board)

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