As some of you know, I am quite involved in my local bicycle club. I’m the President. We put on a local ride every year that draws between 400 and 800 cyclists (this year was just shy of 500).
Before I tell you how much the ride cost, let me start with this:
There are five routes ranging from 25 to 100 miles. The roads are marked for each route, by volunteers. Volunteers sweep the dangerous, gravel laden intersections (I am one of the volunteers for that). Volunteers and club members staff the four rest stops. We had, this year: Bananas, homemade cookies, peaches, watermelon, grapes, pickles and peanut butter and jelly sammiches. We had water and Gatorade as well. This is at each of the rest stops. When we were finished we were treated to Coney dogs, watermelon, a bag of chips and just about any kind of soda you could want. Routes were SAG supported by volunteers and several motorcyclists as well.
Custom cycling caps commemorating the ride were $20 and ride tee-shirts were $16 – or you could get one of each for $30. These were not included in the price of registering.
Proceeds went to our not for profit cycling club and will be used to fund cycling clinics and programs that have yet to be fully planned (we didn’t make much, but we did make enough to make a difference).
The only down-side is that no roads were closed or monitored by police during the ride.
Pre-registration was $15
Late and Day Of registration was $20.
Watch what you pay and what is stocked at the rides you do. Make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and not funding some knucklehead’s endless summer. These things aren’t that expensive to put on.