I think of any event/race put on without the constraints of USAC to be an unsanctioned event. Maybe that's using the term too loosely but it feels right to me, so I go with it. As of late, my interest in sanctioned events (excluding cx racing) has really decreased. Road races seem the same every year and the time and cost associated with them doesn't rank high on my satisfaction scale. MTB racing is fun, until you start sanctioning it and people take it too seriously.
I've really enjoyed putting together the Ronde the last two years. I've also really enjoyed taking part in other unsanctioned events like the Rapha Gentleman's Ride, D2R2, and SSapalooza. So, I challenge you, Boston area racers/riders, to create other fun, unsanctioned events. Give me more reasons to put off buying a USAC license this year.
- mtb tt (3-5 mile loops)
- 3-4 person ttt (50+ miles)
- invite only, mass start road race (60+ miles)
- 2-3 person cx style ride (like the Ronde, there are lots of trails out there yet to be exposed)