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Old 07-25-07, 10:11 PM   #1
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Event registrations for tandems

I'm new to tandeming (purchased a C'dale this spring) and new as a cycling event coordinator. I have a question: when you register for an event such as a charity ride, do they typically charge you for two registrations or one?

Regardless, we decided that tandem teams should pay the same fee as an individual (although, like the individual, they only get one shirt). Is this standard?

in case you're interested, here's information about the ride:

Tour de Crossroads in West Lafayette, Ind. Sept. 22

Come say goodbye to summer (or hello to autumn, depending on your view) in the best way possible—with a bike ride. Please join us for a fun day of fitness and Christian (athletic) fellowship at the inaugural Tour de Crossroads cycling event in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007.

We are hoping for the bright blue skies and moderate temperatures that late September brings in central Indiana. Last year we held a practice run for the event, and the weather started off cool in the morning and warmed into the low 70s by early afternoon. It’s an incredible time of year to be cycling through rural Indiana.

Why do this ride?
—The roads are mostly flat, you’re in shape, and this will be a great time to hammer out a personal record
—The roads are mostly flat, and it’s about time you took your S.O. or offspring on a fun, leisurely ride
—The event shirts are a cotton/synthetic wicking blend like Nike Dri-Fit (a $20 value)
—The start will be to the sounds of bagpipes (after all, we are starting from St. Andrew United Methodist Church)
—There will be a free lunch and live entertainment at the end
—The first 100 people to register receive a free Specialized wide-mouth water bottle (a $5 value)
—The ride supports Crossroads, one of the largest youth and young adult ministries in the region

This non-competitive bicycle ride will take place on public roads, and ride leaders will be available to help guide less experienced riders. There will be refreshment stops and roving SAG (support and gear) trucks along the way.

There will be four routes: a flat 15-mile fun ride, a more challenging 40-mile ride, a 50-mile route for Boy Scouts working on their bicycling merit badge, and a 62-mile metric century (100 km).

Proceeds from the ride will benefit Crossroads Ministries, the youth and young adult ministry of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette, Ind. The ride is also a funding ride for the Indiana Bicycle Coalition.
Individual registration is $20. Family registrations are $40, which includes two shirts. Tandem riders may register for $20, although this rate includes only one shirt.

A group rate of $15 per rider is available for groups of 10 or more riders (the registration fee must be paid with one check and all registration forms must be submitted at the same time).

On-line registration is available at Active.com at http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1463993 There is a small fee for using this service.

Regular registration forms (in PDF format), as well as event information, is available on the event website at http://www.tourdecrossroads.org

On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m., and volunteer-led rides will leave at 9:00 a.m. Instructor-led stretching will be available at 8:30 a.m.

The ride will leave from the new location of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N. 50 West, West Lafayette, Ind. (north Salisbury Street just beyond the West Lafayette city limit).

Please contact me if you have questions or encounter problems with registration tourdecrossroads@mac.com.
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Old 07-25-07, 11:28 PM   #2
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Most rides include feed zones and/or meals afterwards.... they charge registration per person and not per bike.
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...when you register for an event such as a charity ride, do they typically charge you for two registrations or one?
Registration is almost uniformly done on a per-person basis with only very large or historically tandem-friendly / popular events offering discounted fees for families, tandem teams, or clubs such as is done with the 3 State / 3 Mountain Challenge.

Remember, your costs are driven by the number of people that you must feed, marshall, and provide restroom facilities for, not "bikes".
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Most event registrations also provide some type of insurance coverage, which is done on a per person basis.

Also, a tandem eats twice as much food as a single

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As stated before, some events do give a special tandem rate/discount if they are trying to attract more tandems.
Have also done events that issue one race number for the tandem team.
Agree: Keep your costs in mind, a tandem duo eats twice as much as a solo!
Sounds like a well thought-out event. Good luck!
Pedal on TWOgether!
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Old 07-27-07, 01:53 PM   #6
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Though a little restrictive at requiring 10 riders to register at once,
the discount for multiple riders registering as a group has begun to
show up on a few centuries around my area, usually requiring 3 to 5
riders on a 'team'.
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Thanks for the comments. Do stokers really eat that much? I know mine doesn't.

We're giving the discount for tandems not only because we like tandems, but because it's a new event and we're hoping to attract attention in the community. I was quite suprised when I began riding my tandem at the number of people who comment on it. People calling out things from front yards, others stopping us at rest stops to chat. I would have expected it if I were riding something truly exotic, like a bent with a wind sock, but I would have expected that even non-riders would be used to tandems. You ride and you learn, I guess.

We'll see if we can attract some of those big attention getters.
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You are going to an event... the bike is just along for the ride
Per person
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Angus, I think a lot of the attention you get with a tandem is the nostalgia / fun factor. A lot of people would like to try riding a tandem. Or maybe they remember a fun couple in the neighborhood when they were growing up.

In other words they can project themselves onto a tandem where they might not understand a recumbent.
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TWe're giving the discount for tandems not only because we like tandems, but because it's a new event and we're hoping to attract attention in the community.
Your registration fees seem pretty aggressive... Y'all sure you will break even or are you getting a lot of donations to cover some of your expenses?
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Your registration fees seem pretty aggressive... Y'all sure you will break even or are you getting a lot of donations to cover some of your expenses?
TandemGeek, by aggressive do you mean low or high? We do have some sponsorships, although not as many as we hoped. Although this is listed as a fundraiser, we are really hoping to break even. We're trying to create a fun event for the community (and because a large number of folks in our church are cyclists).
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My stoker also does not eat as much as I do. I make up for it as I am providing some 80% of the power.
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by aggressive do you mean low or high?
Aggressive = Low, by about 20%
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My stoker also does not eat as much as I do. I make up for it as I am providing some 80% of the power.
Uh oh, look out...does your stoker access this forum? Adopt crash position
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At church this morning someone said, "Stokers are always along for a free ride anyway." People here seem to be enjoying the novelty of it.

Thanks again for all of your comments.
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