This is the closest I have come to becoming a professional endurance athlete. I got this check in the mail, $75 from Epic Rides. I almost got back the price of admission ($125 solo entry).
Paying to race is highly over-rated. I will continue to only pay for one race a year, 24 HOP. I figure the money that I will save doing grassroots, underground racing will go to a new bike, a cylcocross or perhaps another road bike or even a 5-inch travel bike.