Originally Posted by jaddle
I like the idea of the Tour, but I've never really understood why I would want to spend $24 to go on a 50k ride around the city when I could hop on my bike right now and follow the same route for free... Of course, having the streets closed to traffic would be nice, and it looks like a fun thing to do, but $24 seems awfully steep for the privilege.
Maybe I'm missing the point though! Can anyone comment who has taken part in this?
If just going for a ride is your aim, then no large organized event will be for you. I'm like that myself, and do a fair amount of solo rides.
The key point here though is the large group of riders, which is a plus and a minus. With over 30 000 participating, this is one of the few rides in the world of this size. This is a great opportunity to form a small group of people to sign up for the ride, or to socialize with the other bicyclists you'll meet during the ride. But on the other hand, this amount of people will have a certain amount of traffic congestion. Don't count on racing through this course.
This year will be my first participating. We have a group of seven. Hopefully, the rain in the forecast will be kept to a minimum.
I don't know if I'll like it enough to return again, but we'll see. If you have any interest for next year, you can pre-register for a little bit of savings - I paid $20.