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Old 05-29-2011, 04:16 PM
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Hi All,
I received a number of very generous donations that have the site back in the black - Clay was particularly generous - my thanks go out to him and the others who donated.

Now that we have that going and the paypal donation set up again - I would like to do some fund raising to help one of our gasgas brethren here to compete at the ISDE held in Finland. Brent Martell will be competing on his gasgas at the event. It is not an inexpensive affair.

Many of the folks here donated $25 to $50 to keep the site going. I would ask that some of the other riders here - pitch in a smaller amount to help out Brent - if 20-30 of you can pitch in $10 or so - it will add up and we can take some of that money to make up coffee mugs and stickers to sell to "multiply that money".

I do alot for this community - I don't ask anything for myself and am now asking that all of you keep the good karma flowing and give to another member here who is in need.

Please use the donate page on the forum and add a note on the paypal form that states the donation is for Brent's ISDE efforts. I will send a check to Brent after all is done. We will work to have some GasGas Riders Club coffee mugs made up and will be selling these with all proceeds going to support Brent.


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Old 05-29-2011, 07:33 PM
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What's the likely total cost to send a competitor (and support) to the Finland ISDE?
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:40 PM
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$20k is the # being thrown around.
Kyle Summers had to bail for that reason.
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:22 AM
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By the time a rider has qualified for the ISDE, add the cost of travel, fees, and entry, we are looking at $25,000 to just start.

We do this for the love of it. Too bad the cost prohibits many capable riders of the dream.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:42 AM
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What's the likely total cost to send a competitor (and support) to the Finland ISDE?
I just got the rental program from the factory and the cost to rent a bike is 2500 Euro and pit support which includes food and parts is another 700 Euro. At the current exchange rate, that's about $4500 for the bike alone.
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We're sending one of our club members to ISDE as well.

http://www.maxgerston.com/

He'll be on some sort of ISDE club conglomeration. Their estimate was $20K as well. We're doing a fund raiser or three at a local MX track (next Friday, as it turns out).

That's a lot of money for a resume' stuffer.
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Finally! This money was burning a hole in my pocket! Glad to contribute to help offset Brent's costs. If anyone else can spare some $$$ please do so to help get a US GG rider to the ISDE! For the rest of the world: Let me know and I'll send what I can spare to help ISDE bound GG riders!
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:16 AM
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Max and I are on the same club team, super nice and fast kid.
One thing you guys might like to know is that the entire group shares in the cost of the USA container. One of the big expenses that we deal with is the fee to get the container to the site. Part of that expense is the shipping but also the fuel and other multitude of supplies that the team manager puts together for us. For example, tools, tire soap, tranny oil, tire changing irons and stands, ez ups, etc. It is amazing to be part of something so much greater than yourself and I am really excited to once again represent our country.

Also, as part of my fundraising efforts my support group is helping me put together a Casino Night. We will have several games and raffle items at this event. One thing that I decided to do is have a gun raffle. If you like guns I am raffling off a Glock 9mm and a Remington 30-06 rifle. You don't have to present to win but I beleive I can not ship the guns due to ATF restrictions.

On another note I have a couple of thousand miles now on the 2011 Gas Gas 300 and for the past month I have been helping ready the Idaho City 100 enduro. This event has been a qualifier for the ISDE team for as long as I can remember, except this year. This year the event was too late in the year. Bummer! It will be epic though. 127 miles of Idaho mountains. Ok, my point, the GG rocks that terrain. I have ridden others bikes to compare and can not wait to get mine back. So far, I have had zero mechanical failures and the power delivery is smooth and perfect. What a bike!

I do need to inform this group that I will not be riding my Gas Gas or a rental Gas Gas at the 6 days. I will be riding a KTM. I had a dead-line to rent a KTM or Husaberg by May 15th or take a chance and not have a bike at all. I was forced to pull the trigger and submit my reservation for a 2012 KTM XCW 6 days model. If we had known Spain was going to, in fact, supply bikes for the 6 days rental I would have submitted my reservation for the bike. Some may ask why I did not ship my bike: it is simple for me, COST. I have 1 bike and if I shipped it I would not have a bike for 2 months prior to Finland. Not riding for 2 month prior to the ISDE is a bad idea. It is tough enough to finish that race with plenty of seat time.

So, if you do not wish to donate to the fundraising because of the choice of bike I will be riding I completly understand. Regardless of the ISDE I will be enjoying the training on my GG and look forward to riding it after I get back as well.

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