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Old 01-10-17, 06:53 PM   #1
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Five Boro Bike Tour 2017

Anybody on the forum going this year? Over $108 with service charge. Ouch.
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Old 01-11-17, 07:52 AM   #2
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Have to sit out this year, we have a wedding the night before.
Enjoy the ride.
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My Wife and I are riding this year. Should be a good ride.
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Old 01-12-17, 09:22 PM   #4
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Assuming the weather holds up. It wasn't fun last year in the cold and rain, from what I heard.
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$100 !!!!!

When we started this ride 40 years ago, we were debating whether $5 or 10.00 was too much.
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Old 01-14-17, 09:26 AM   #6
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I think the high fee is definitely hurting. There was a time a few years back when they were in a sweet spot, making enough money but still selling out in a couple of days. Last year, it took a while to sell out and they're still not sold out after four days this year. I'm sure they'll sell out eventually, but it won't be as fast as before. But what do they care? As long as they do sell out before the event, it's all good to them, regardless of how long it takes. Although it would probably help their bottom line if they sold out quickly and riders had no choice but to register for the expensive VIP slots. The random wave assignment process doesn't help, either. Why would anyone register as soon as possible if there's always a 1 in 4 chance you'll be assigned to the last wave anyway?

I'm still on the fence about registering. At this rate, I've got time to think about it. I may decide to do the Tour de l'Ile Montreal instead, which costs half as much to register for two rides (the day ride on Sunday and the Tour la Nuit night ride the Friday before). Or is it even less? Is the registration in Canadian dollars? If that's the case, it's only about $37 for the combined registration.

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Old 01-14-17, 11:09 AM   #7
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I guess the cost is relative.. The NYC Marathon costs over $250 and they only have to close about 26 miles of roadway.
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It's on my bucket list, but I'm in no hurry. I'd do it just for the chance to ride over the Verrazano. I've been just about everywhere they go, often, so I don't feel the need to go again with 30,000 people.

A good capitalist could say that it new price is priced to better match demand. That it sold out so quickly shows that it was priced too cheaply.
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Okay, it's sold out now. Oh, well.
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I signed up for the first time in a few years by myself. In prior years my kids would do it with me, but when it was $80*4, it was a lot of money for a bike ride. It is still a lot of money, but just one.

I'm hoping by the time of the ride I've already done a bunch of 50+ mile rides. I'm getting older though (62) and it gets harder every year.

My wife did the marathon, and is still on the fence about torturing herself again. It costs a lot of money for torture.
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I'm in! Can't wait!!

And yes, the weather has to be better than last year because it couldn't be any worse.
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And yes, the weather has to be better than last year because it couldn't be any worse.
Now you've done it!
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Now you've done it!
Yep. Get ready for 100º weather (112 on the Belt with no shade), strong headwinds along the whole route and maybe throw in a tornado. Riders will be flying through the air like Miss Gulch inside the twister in The Wizard of Oz.
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It's great that this ride has the long silver sag wagon along almost the entire route. You're never more than a few blocks away.
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