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$329 to register? Did I read that right?
 

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Imagine the "Eureka!" moment when someone realized people would fall over themselves to pay $345 for the same bike ride they could normally do free. And drop $189 on a souvenir jersey and pay $700 to rent a bike.
 

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Imagine the "Eureka!" moment when someone realized people would fall over themselves to pay $345 for the same bike ride they could normally do free. And drop $189 on a souvenir jersey and pay $700 to rent a bike.
Well, the $345 is for last minute sign ups.

I've done it a couple times. It is a lot of fun, and despite my joking I did find it very much worth it.

If you sign-up early...especially right after you do the ride...I think you can get in for like $200 or something. There's discounts. The longer you wait, the higher $ it climbs.
 

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I usually won't pay more than 50-60 to do a ride. I like the design and colors on the kit. but not enough to spend the amount of money required to get them.
 

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Thanks for the reminder, I put it in my calendar so I'll remember to ride West that day and avoid the ride.

GFNY seems to be worth it for many, many people - it is surely very popular. For me, however, it isn't worth it to pay that much to ride on roads I ride on all of the time.

Have fun, though, the ride does take in some nice roads.

(Edit: getting less nice, however. They've cut down even MORE trees on Gate Hill Rd. between Blanchard and Willow Grove, to make room for those stupid mansions. That used to be a nice stretch of road, especially in the fall with all of the colors. Now half of it is pretty much a wasteland. Progress!!)

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$189 for a jersey? Did I read that right?
 

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All derision aside, I came to the conclusion a long time ago that lots of people are willing to pay a premium to participate in a "BIG EVENT !!!" like GFNY. It's not the ride so much that appeals to them, but to be part of the big crowd. It may seem justifiable to shell out a few Benjamins when you show up and see that there are thousands of other like-minded people. But imagine if you paid the same fee for exactly the same ride, but when you show up there are only a dozen or so other riders. You would probably think to yourself "What a rip off. Not much different than a typical club or shop ride."

The other thing about being "part of the crowd" is that it doesn't always last. I did an event last week with about 150 riders. It was a mass start, and after about 5 miles, most (if not all) of the faster riders were ahead of me, and the slower riders were behind me. So for most of the rest of the ride I hardly saw anyone else until I got to the finish.
 

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I get the attraction of the ride, especially if you are not from the NYC area. Chance to ride the GWB, traffic control at intersections, etc. But... I don't want the jersey (and have to wear it) or the wine. Cut out the extra's and bring the price down and let the people wear what they want although it hurts the advertising aspect. If something comes up, sick/injury/family/weather, and I couldn't ride, I would miss that money and be pissed. If it was only $50-$60 I would be ok. Lastly, who wants to ride with a bunch of guys that are so serious about it that they dope to win?
 

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I get the attraction of the ride, especially if you are not from the NYC area. Chance to ride the GWB, traffic control at intersections, etc. But... I don't want the jersey (and have to wear it) or the wine. Cut out the extra's and bring the price down and let the people wear what they want although it hurts the advertising aspect. If something comes up, sick/injury/family/weather, and I couldn't ride, I would miss that money and be pissed. If it was only $50-$60 I would be ok. Lastly, who wants to ride with a bunch of guys that are so serious about it that they dope to win?
Yeah the wine is nothing great. I have more than enough jerseys but honestly these are probably my favorite jerseys. It is overpriced but it is NY. Really my biggest criticism is the start is terrible. Who cares about the bridge start it someplace less congested and safer.

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It's also important to remember it's not a "ride," but really a race, and part of a global race series.

I think part of the high cost, elevated course, and early season (NE) schedule are designed to perhaps discourage the more casual $60 organized ride participants.

Even if you can't win, place, or even be anywhere near the top, I think they're looking for more serious cyclists seeking to really push themselves and establish personal best times year-after-year and such.

It's supposed to be fun, and it is, but it definitely has a different feel vs. Bloomin' Metric or SeaGull Century, etc. It's a race. You're supposed to be racing. ...Be a Pro for a Day. :)
 

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You're paying a premium for the experience. I had a blast when I did a couple of years ago but now living in VT, getting up to the specs needed to do the full ride is very tough with such an early ride in the season. Otherwise I would definitely sign up again in a heartbeat.

You ever seen 25 cyclists pissing off the GW bridge at the same time? With a helicopter filming them?!
 

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$189 for a jersey? Did I read that right?
Alan, my man!

Slow and methodical....first the chip about the reg fees.....lays low and hits 'em again with the jersey cost.

Niiiiice. Respect the approach.
 

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Expensive but some day I hope to do that event when I get more miles in and tackle that route many more times.
 

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$329 to register? Did I read that right?
I think "Yikes!!!" when I see that as well. But I am wondering what it takes the organizers to get MTA to shut down the GW bridge. Do they have to pay for that? I assume it also costs to have towns support the ride? Safe intersections etc... This is the NY Metro area. Everything is more expensive here.

I'd love to do this ride some day. I am just not in shape to do it. However, last year I saw a guy so large his stomach completely covered the top tube (while standing, not riding) just before mile marker 62. So I've got to believe with a little work, I can get there.
 
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