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Is Cycling The Most Expensive Sport?

Old 07-05-11, 07:23 AM
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Is Cycling The Most Expensive Sport?

That is recognized by the Olympics, per player when you consider the cost of equipment, gear and support and multiples of that. Elaborate!

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Football... if you consider the price of all the medical treatment you're going to need for the rest of your life.
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Nope. Not even close....

Golf has to be very close to the top; especially if you choose to be a member of a expensive country club (50 grand for initiation fee, 500/mo dues etc)
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Originally Posted by GDA View Post
Golf
Golf is an Olympic sport?

I don't know how much it costs to keep and train on horses for equestrian events, but it can't be very cheap.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Golf is an Olympic sport?

I don't know how much it costs to keep and train on horses for equestrian events, but it can't be very cheap.
+1

My vote is for any of the three equestrian disciplines.
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What about Equestrian events?

Cycling has nothing on the expense of equestrian events.

A friend of mine is into dressage and there's the cost of the horse, plus food and care for the horse, plus the float, plus the saddle, bridle, etc. etc. She and I were comparing leather saddle prices. She was looking at $800 for hers compared with about $200 for mine.
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AFAIK, the dressage saddles that the "pros" use are something like 3 grand +/-. Carbon fiber bike schwag is peanuts compared to equestrian.
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Actually, how would you compare costs for training facilities? Do you have to include the cost of a ski jump or a bobsled track in the training costs? Many (most?) athletes have to go live in a particular place to train. Do you count those costs, too?
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It's not expensive at all if you don't call it a sport and take out the "upgrade" from of it.
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Golf is an Olympic sport?
Yes
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It's not an Olympic sport but auto racing is probably the most expensive sport.
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Originally Posted by zkgiant View Post
Yes
OK, but not until 2016.
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Cycling doesn't cost much once you get the up front cost out of the way. Nothing compared to horse training, golf greens fees, lift passes, or pool access. The open road is free.

I mean, it's not as cheap as track and field, but it's pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Downhill skiing. If you do it right.
My wife is much more frugal than I am. It is unfortunate for her my two favorite activities are cycling and downhill skiing.
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The least expensive? The marathon? Do you recall maybe back in the 60's with the barefoot marathoner who won?
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Fortunately for me, Cycling is not yet as expensive as Windsurfing!
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
What about Equestrian events?

Cycling has nothing on the expense of equestrian events.

A friend of mine is into dressage and there's the cost of the horse, plus food and care for the horse, plus the float, plus the saddle, bridle, etc. etc. She and I were comparing leather saddle prices. She was looking at $800 for hers compared with about $200 for mine.
I once saw an Olympic level dressage horse that was bought for $1 million. And this was back around 1990.

Horses are also very expensive when they break.
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Rowing is expensive.
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