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The Long Island Century is very expensive!

Old 07-07-05, 12:01 PM
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i kind of wanted to do this, but there are some serious drawbacks. one is that i would have to get to the checkin point at 4:30am! the other thing is it costs $65! includes some nice perks (food and stuff) but man, i can't just drop that kind of cash. and that's the early registration price too!

http://www.nycbicycleshow.com/northf.../the_ride.html

now that my rant is over, is anyone planning on doing this? it sounds like an awesome ride (similar to montauk??)
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Old 07-07-05, 12:03 PM
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Get your company to sponsor your registration fee ?
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Old 07-07-05, 12:16 PM
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The Suffolk Bike Riders Association runs a century each May and it only costs $20
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Old 07-07-05, 12:38 PM
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That would be extremely helpful
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Old 07-07-05, 12:51 PM
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Tim, the montauk route markers should still be on the ground. If not, I have a turn sheet, we can program the route into a GPS and just go 100 miles out and head back. Double century.
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It doesn't appear that any of the proceeds go to a charity, so screw it. Do a century that's affilliated with a charity then you won't mind spending 50 or 60 bucks to ride it.
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yeah, it's too expensive for a non-chairty event.

and slvoid - i'm only a one century kind of man. not sure i could handle two.
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
i kind of wanted to do this, but there are some serious drawbacks. one is that i would have to get to the checkin point at 4:30am! the other thing is it costs $65! includes some nice perks (food and stuff) but man, i can't just drop that kind of cash. and that's the early registration price too!

http://www.nycbicycleshow.com/northf.../the_ride.html

now that my rant is over, is anyone planning on doing this? it sounds like an awesome ride (similar to montauk??)

I'm doing this one - go here:

http://www.transalt.org/calendar/century/index.html
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Old 07-07-05, 07:04 PM
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The NYC Century in September is almost as expensive. I might still be there for it.

The Reston Century in Northern Virginia, also August 28, is only $25 at-the-door. Full support. It usually gets 1000+ riders.

In two weeks our local club is doing an 85 mile ride that could easily be extended to 100, and it's free. Not supported, but still a good group ride.

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Originally Posted by timmhaan
yeah, it's too expensive for a non-chairty event.

and slvoid - i'm only a one century kind of man. not sure i could handle two.
We can do it together... oo that sounded so dirty...
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Originally Posted by slvoid
We can do it together... <snip>
I wanna watch!
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Unless they're offering prize money, I don't see why you should pay someone else in order to ride your bike.
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Originally Posted by notfred
Unless they're offering prize money, I don't see why you should pay someone else in order to ride your bike.
If the route is unfamiliar and you really need the markers, the pit stops, the support crew, etc.
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Old 07-07-05, 08:18 PM
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I did this ride last year and it was by far the worst organized ride I ever did. Poor route markings, water from a garden hose, no real cycling food at rest stops. Not to mention no reason for it to be so expensive.

Doing Gold Coast Tour this Sunday. Less expensive and much better organized. As hilly as a ride on Long Island can get. Starts in Greenlawn so much further west then North Fork ride.
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Why can't you do the ride w/o registering?
Just don't use any of their services.
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That's pretty cheap when you compare it to the PMC (pan-Mass challenge) which has a registration of $150. On top of that, you need to raise a minimum of $3000 dollars for charity.
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Originally Posted by notfred
Unless they're offering prize money, I don't see why you should pay someone else in order to ride your bike.

Assuming some of the money will help organizations like TA that do a hell of a lot for cyclists in NYC, it's worth spending the money.

Also, I know lots of people who are not hardcore bikies and are afraid to ride in traffic, scared of long distances, etc. These tours are a safe and comfy way for them to get their feet wet, and maybe get the bike bug for good in the process. Always a good thing....

Plus it's a nice chance to socialize, and I can think of worse things for NYC than bikes (LOTS of em) usurping cars on the roads for a few hours......good PR and good for the air.

If you already do long rides regularly, then, maybe this seems a waste of time for you; but it is a beautiful thing for many others, in lots of ways.
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