It is fun doing organized rides on a tandem, and it it better still when your team can register as a tandem. It adds visibility to tandems, makes the registration easier, and can ease the expense if the tandem registration is made somewhat less than twice the singles price.
Last year I considered registering for the Sea Otter Gran Fondo, but balked when I saw that there was no specific registration for tandems, it was an expensive ride, and 2x that for a tandem entry. So, I found the event organizer and emailed him.
He replied:Originally Posted by my email to Sea Otter Gran Fondo
Well, my activism, paid off! This year there is tandem registration.Ritterview:
Thanks for the e mail.
I appreciate the time it takes to write a thoughtful, insightful explanation –
The event offers significant number of discounts through our event sponsors – including an “early bird” discount that runs from November 1 to December 31. Plus any number of other 10% and 20% discounts.
We just finished up with a Bicycling Magazine offered discount of entry fees.
We are super-sensitive to the expense of attending Sea Otter but truly believe we offer a great value in each entry fee – free parking, Festival Pass valued at $30, and of course all the bells and whistles of a Gran Fondo ride – meal, post-ride massage, raffle prizes, etc.
Having said that, let me see if there is anything we can do for you and your group of tandems.
Thanks again for the feedback – it is truly appreciated!
Sea Otter Classic - Monterey, CA
Director of Athlete Services
April 14-17, 2011
Event Information/Hotline 1-800-218-8411
The only problem is, that the cost for the tandem is still $190 --the $95 single registration x 2.
Oh well, I guess the separate registration for tandems is a start.Originally Posted by GF Registration
Other organized rides often give the tandem team a discount from 2x the single registration. Examples include the Tour de Palm Springs, and the Solvang Century.
There can't be a discount if there is no tandem-specific registration. I think the way to approach this is to contact ride organizers to see if they will agree that tandem specific registration is a good idea. Once they agree to set that up, then suggest a tandem-team discount.