Well, the $345 is for last minute sign ups.
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.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?
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.$329 to register? Did I read that right?