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Amalitza
02-04-2014, 08:08 AM
Pointless prizes too heavily weighted in favor of Virginia? This can be fixed! By…. more pointless prizes!

I hereby offer a prize to the person who creates and awards the best Maryland-centric pointless prize/contest/side bet. (Maryland-centric AND meta :p).

Requirements:

Prize must be announced on the forum with a post in this thread nominating it as in the running.

Can be individual or team competition.

“Best” and “Maryland-centric” are subjective and entirely up to me.

However, “best” will be heavily weighted towards enthusiasm/participation. “Maryland-centric” will be weighted towards the opinion of Marylanders, though lots of whining from Virginians/DCers (DCians? Districters?) may be taken into account. If I’m uncertain of the Maryland-centric creds of a particular contest (as I might be, as a Virginian myself), I may ask for a vote or explanation or something.

Can be announced at any time during Freezing Saddles, but since it’s going to be judged largely on participation, announcing it at the last minute might not be the best strategy.

Not sure what the prize will be, maybe a crab or something. Or I suppose I could purchase from my teammate a gift certificate to Proteus (in--- Maryland!). Anyway, there will be something. I have six weeks yet to figure it out.

UnknownCyclist
02-04-2014, 09:36 AM
How about most missed connections caused by drivers of cars bearing Maryland plates? :rolleyes:

Terpfan
02-04-2014, 10:00 AM
I mostly ride in VA and DC, but I can be fully decked out in my Terps gear to win the most Maryland-looking person. I think you should issue a challenge to everyone to go do Savage Mountain's wall and then whomever posts the best time, wins.

consularrider
02-04-2014, 10:12 AM
... I think you should issue a challenge to everyone to go do Savage Mountain's wall and then whomever posts the best time, wins.
In keeping with Freezing Saddles, I think that ride should be set for a day with freezing rain or snow. :p

Mikey
02-04-2014, 10:13 AM
Be the first to complete an homage to the history of the Old Line State.
examples could include:

Star Spangled Pannier: Ride from the site of F.Scott Key's house (Georgetown) to Baltomore Harbor where Key was held captive by the brits, and penned our national anthem.
or. . .
The Roof is on Fire: Re-enact the Limey's win at the Battle of Bladensburg and invastion of the district by Riding from Bladensburg, MD, to the Navy Yard, and then on to the white house (actual flames are not recommended).
or . . .
Get off my land!: Ponder the present shape of Maryland (as the leftover pieces that VA (and WV), PA, and DE didn't want) by posting rides in each of these 4 states.
or . . .

dasgeh
02-04-2014, 10:14 AM
And/or the next Team Challenge could be Civil War related. Like visiting as many forts as possible.

consularrider
02-04-2014, 10:21 AM
Be the first to complete an homage to the history of the Old Line State.
examples could include:

Star Spangled Pannier: Ride from the site of F.Scott Key's house (Georgetown) to Baltomore Harbor where Key was held captive by the brits, and penned our national anthem.
. . .
Does my February 1st ride (http://www.strava.com/activities/110513191) count? However, I probably didn't get close enought to were he was a captive. If only you'd posted this on Friday. So close.

Terpfan
02-04-2014, 10:56 AM
Be the first to complete an homage to the history of the Old Line State.
examples could include:

Star Spangled Pannier: Ride from the site of F.Scott Key's house (Georgetown) to Baltomore Harbor where Key was held captive by the brits, and penned our national anthem.
or. . .
The Roof is on Fire: Re-enact the Limey's win at the Battle of Bladensburg and invastion of the district by Riding from Bladensburg, MD, to the Navy Yard, and then on to the white house (actual flames are not recommended).
or . . .
Get off my land!: Ponder the present shape of Maryland (as the leftover pieces that VA (and WV), PA, and DE didn't want) by posting rides in each of these 4 states.
or . . .

The Key ride could be even more fun if you added in his hometown out in Carroll County!

culimerc
02-04-2014, 11:41 AM
And/or the next Team Challenge could be Civil War related. Like visiting as many forts as possible.

Or we (VA vs MD) could try to ride each other into the ditch (completely by accident of course), during our random sightings, which ever side has the most people from the other side in the ditch "wins"!

Ok maybe not.

Amalitza
02-04-2014, 11:46 AM
How about most missed connections caused by drivers of cars bearing Maryland plates? :rolleyes:

Excellent use of the "participation matters" scoring system.:D

eminva
02-04-2014, 12:56 PM
Press Release: For Release on February 4, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Maryland, USA (give or take six miles)

****Announcing a new, Maryland-centric Pointless Prize! ****

****Team and Individual Prizes to be Awarded!****

This prize challenges you to ride on as many unique Maryland mixed use trails or rail trails for the duration of the Freezing Saddles competition period (yes, you can count rides going back to 1/1/14). Prizes will be awarded for the individual who rides on the most trails and for the team that collectively rides on the most different trails. For the team competition, there is no limit to the number of trails any individual can contribute, but each trail only counts once.

Paved, gravel and hard packed trails are okay but mountain bike trails are excluded -- e.g.:

C&O: Yes
Northwest Branch Trail: Yes
Torrey C. Brown Trail: Yes
Rosaryville: No

Prize is TBD -- could be a contribution in your name to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. If I can get them to provide some without thinking I'm crazy, maybe I can also award some RTC socks or something to the winners.

To be consired for an individual prize, near the end of the competition period, post a message here (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?6545-Maryland-Rail-Trail-Mixed-Use-Trail-Pointless-Prize-Contest&p=76547#post76547) identifying the trails you have ridden on. To be considered for a team prize, have one team member post a message here (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?6545-Maryland-Rail-Trail-Mixed-Use-Trail-Pointless-Prize-Contest&p=76547#post76547) identifying the trails your team has ridden on. You will be on the honor system; no proof is required although trail reviews are VERY welcome and may be rewarded.

(Yes, this is a self-serving competition. My love for rail trails is well known and I'm always looking for new ones to check out).

Enjoy! Also, don't make me award this to my own captain.

Liz

JimF22003
02-04-2014, 01:01 PM
I mostly ride in VA and DC, but I can be fully decked out in my Terps gear to win the most Maryland-looking person.

There has to be a more insulting way to describe the "most Maryland-looking person"...

Phatboing
02-04-2014, 01:29 PM
(Yes, this is a self-serving competition. My love for rail trails is well known and I'm always looking for new ones to check out).

Liz

Then the GAP from Cumberland to the Mason Dixon Line, surely, should count too.

ShawnoftheDread
02-04-2014, 01:43 PM
... the "most Maryland-looking person"...

4664

Mikey
02-04-2014, 01:47 PM
There has to be a more insulting way to describe the "most Maryland-looking person"...

4665

Mikey
02-04-2014, 01:50 PM
There has to be a more insulting way to describe the "most Maryland-looking person"...

or this one. . .
4666

ShawnoftheDread
02-04-2014, 01:52 PM
or this one. . .
4666

OG Hipster

eminva
02-04-2014, 02:04 PM
Then the GAP from Cumberland to the Mason Dixon Line, surely, should count too.

Yep.

Amalitza
02-04-2014, 06:48 PM
Clarification:

It's fine (though not required, of course) to have a separate thread for your competition so long as you have a post here linking to it or otherwise making sure I know to consider it.

(Liz, I was thinking that would make it easier for you to track your contestants once we all start posting our trails?)

PotomacCyclist
02-04-2014, 07:06 PM
What about drawing an outline of the entire state of Maryland using GPS? Now that would be impressive. And definitely ELITE.

cyclingfool
02-05-2014, 07:31 AM
Not as impressive or elite: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming.

Amalitza
03-13-2014, 06:13 AM
Is Liz going to be the only entrant? That'll make it easy to pick a winner if so...