Back in 2008, our dear friend Slate Olson in Portland, OR introduced the world to the 1st annual Rapha Gentleman's Race. The concept was plainly called out in the inaugural t-shirt: Unsanctioned, Unmarshalled.
Paralleling the Rapha brand, the 1st Gentleman's Race was slightly exclusive, a bit of an odd-ball format, and had just enough perversion to make it interesting and elusive: 20-30 by-invitation only teams riding 6-up, staggered in a start order based on composite team ability; the splits and gaps created by a very complex and proprietary equation, only known by Sir Olson.
Hup United was invited to RGR #1 and had a good start, but a poor finish. We didn't exactly put the T in EAM, got lost, crashed, and didn't finish. In 2009, we were essentially not asked back to the RGR.
In 2010, we were given another invite to RGR #3. I had a team in mind, and knew the importing of Nor Cal Hup United would do the trick, and put us back on the board.
What a fantastic day on the bike.