Saturday, May 21, 2011

Something I hate.

I went online earlier to see where exactly where the 100k bike ride I was planning to ride Sunday started. I vaguely knew it was somewhere in Connecticut about a 90 minute drive from home. I had never done this ride but there were a couple of things it was noted for: 1) It was a ride, not a race; and 2) the terrain was on the hilly side so it would be a good training day. The website stated that the ride was closed out since they reached capacity of 2000 riders. There would be no day of ride sign up.

Arggggh. This was a RIDE, not even a RACE.

Why would I pay to ride? I don't need yet another cheesy shirt but I equate the $25-$35 registration fee as insurance in case I need a SAG wagon and free food at the rest stops. Instead I rode 35 miles of hills solo today and there is a ride leaving my house tomorrow that will attack a bunch of more hills. These folks will probably push me a little more that I would push myself so all will be good in the hood

On the other hand, kudos to you organizers of the Bloomin' Metric. I'm sure your ride is getting more popular than you even expected. The bad news is that the Gran Fondo NY 2012 has been scheduled for May 20, 2012 (same day as the Bloomin' typically is) instead of Mother's Day. I'm planning on crushing that Fondo next year. It is one of those revenge type of things so I really don't have a choice.


Kate Geisen said...

That stinks. I don't sign up for a lot of stuff til the last minute--I figure the extra I pay for missing early bird registration is balanced out by what I save on bailing on an event I've already paid for. I've gotten burned a couple times, but like you said, it's not like there aren't other options for getting in the miles.

The brakes ARE disc brakes, and rather than pay out for a new bike he'd more likely tell me to slow down. :)

Shelly said...

This was the first year that the Bloomin' Metric did not have day of registration. I also missed out on registration. I will also be doing my own thing tomorrow! If you want to ride up and down hills and you're willing to drive, come up to Westchester for a getaway day.

Caratunk Girl said...

That is crazy! What a bummer.

Mark said...

Man... just head out there next time. No one is ever going to know, or CARE if you are on of the two thousand people out there, are they? Sag wagon? I used my cell phone today to have a friend pick me up after my second flat. Can't you just take the subway home with spandex?

Aka Alice said...

A revenge ride? LOL...that sounds serious :-) GF better watch out.

BTW...most frequent tag on my blog is "running" (thank goodness for that), but mimosa is #3!