Yeah, I know there's already a TBP thread ...but it has gone the way of "hey, what did you eat for dinner?" and "Wanna talk about mountain biking now?" So I'm starting a new thread. K?
Here ya go...
I love the Triple Bypass ride for its nostaglia, scenery and awesome route topography. It falls on my birthday every few years and will again this year.
But too many things about TE create a big sucking sound and the Triple is at the heart of it. No disrespect to those who are signed up and stoked for the ride. That's really cool.
Here's what I see:
The event used to be wide open up to the day of the ride and was 36 bones regardless ...with a jersey and all the same stuff like State Patrol escort, meat wagons at the ready, six aid stations, mechanical support, picnic. Now it's nearing 5Xs the original cost and you can't get a free shower at the end anymore. Quite frankly, the food is lousy and last year some dope stole all of the gel packs from every aid station that morning.
Yeah, I know that costs have increased but so has rider participation. The bottom line is that the Triple is a revenue pump for TE in excess of 450K bones. About 30% of that goes to cover overhead. Another chunk covers charitable contributions and the rest is fat. I'm told by insiders that the fat is in excess of 100K bones. I'm all for capitalism - but for my tastes, cycling needs to be more about grass roots than big business.
What's next? Doping checks for the Triple?
I think valygrl said it best when she said that "TE is incenting cyclists to cheat". Not allowing transfers and partial refunds is a big part of that sucking sound that I'm talking about.
No rant is worth a darn without a proposed solution. Here's my simple 1 2 3 solution:
I think we need a Triple Bypass ride that isn't on July 12, 2008. It certainly is easy to self support. I think we can complete it with a post ride meal at the Agave in Avon for less than 30 bones each sans liquor.
I'll buy the first round of Maragritas.