This year, the process to apply for a coveted spot in the Riverwest 24 will change. The RW24 is a 24-hour bike race that takes place every summer, this year itâ€™s on July 29-30, and people come to ride individually or on teams from all over the country.
However, everyone must sign up in person on May 1 at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St.
The event is limited to about 1,000 riders (500 of which are volunteers and automatically have a spot) and because it has gotten so popular in past years, people started showing up days â€“ yes, days â€“ in advance to camp out and get in line for a spot.
According to co-organizer Steve Whitlow, he and other volunteers will hand out about 2,000 "raffle" tickets for the 500 remaining open spots from 10 a.m. to noon at the Public House.
"Weâ€™ll start pulling winners around 12:30 p.m.," says Whitlow.
The winners will then get in line for the registration process, and are guaranteed a spot in the race.
"We want to make the registration process more equitable," says Whitlow. "Not everyone can take three days off to day drink and stand in line."