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World Champs Sportive

mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,483
Anyone considering this? It's the first weekend of the Champs. Open road, late September. Weather will be bad, but likely to be a decent course.

https://worlds.yorkshire.com/sportive/

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  • Nah...I'll be organising and riding myself the X-Rated Loop of Birmingham the day before :-)
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,483
    Damn, I was sure you'd be the first in the queue, Ugo.
  • mrfpb wrote:
    Damn, I was sure you'd be the first in the queue, Ugo.

    I know... sometimes I surprise myself too... :lol:

    That said, I did a sportive in Coventry last weekend (£ 12 entry fee) and I do like Yorkshire...
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,483
    Being the World Champs the roads will be good
    Being Yorkshire the views and route will be good
    But it's term time, so getting away for a long weekend will be frowned on.
    But the World Champs don't come round in the UK very often.

    I was thinking I'd not do a Sportive this year, but I'm quite tempted by this. It's ballot entry so there's no guarantee of a place anyway.
  • Not planning on doing the Sportive, but will be riding most of the route the last weekend of July.
    Friend of mine lives in Leeds, so plan is to ride a large portion of the Men's race route then through Harrogate and back to Leeds. Probably 200km (Weather dependant), I am doing ride London the following weekend so this will be ideal prep.
    When the World Champs in on we will just ride from Leeds to Harrogate each day.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,916
    Not planning on doing the Sportive, but will be riding most of the route the last weekend of July.
    Friend of mine lives in Leeds, so plan is to ride a large portion of the Men's race route then through Harrogate and back to Leeds. Probably 200km (Weather dependant), I am doing ride London the following weekend so this will be ideal prep.
    When the World Champs in on we will just ride from Leeds to Harrogate each day.

    Ideal prep? That's like running a marathon to train for park run.

    If you're heading up in to the dales don't bother with the world's route. They have to avoid the best roads for riding because they're too narrow. You could do a similar shape route on far quieter roads roads
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  • Read the blurb on BCF newsletter. Thought about registering an interest, but BCF members get a £20 discount on entry fees. No indication what fees are but they must be hefty if that discount can be offered. Just get a feeling that the roads will be full of riders. Being anti social that sounds what I don't want!
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,458
    Never mind the sportive, I’m hoping that as well as all the tee shirts, replica jerseys etc. Being as it’s Yorkshire there will be a nice tweed 3 piece suit to be purchased as well
  • Webboo wrote:
    Never mind the sportive, I’m hoping that as well as all the tee shirts, replica jerseys etc. Being as it’s Yorkshire there will be a nice tweed 3 piece suit to be purchased as well
    With knee breeches and a flat cap will look great when riding your Old Ordinary!!!
  • carbonclemcarbonclem Posts: 962
    BCF guaranteed entry went live today at £90, less the £20 discount, so £70.

    I'll pass.
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  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,228
    Just ride it some other time in the year. rip off.
  • Its £70 plus 7.5% admin fee on top. That's getting into the realms of silliness considering the numbers involved on the roads, in the car park, for refreshments etc.
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 1,975
    absolute rip off, Ill go and ride it all anyway, on the day for free. without a helmet. Its on open roads.
  • It's an absolute scandalous price. Yes I expect to pay, but this is way too much. I live in Harrogate so it's literally on my doorstep and I ride these roads for free every day. It's against my principle but I will just join part way round, just to make a point....to myself obviously ha ha

    It's very sad. Cycling is has become an elitist sport or past time for the rich
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 4,434
    It's an absolute scandalous price. Yes I expect to pay, but this is way too much. I live in Harrogate so it's literally on my doorstep and I ride these roads for free every day. It's against my principle but I will just join part way round, just to make a point....to myself obviously ha ha

    It's very sad. Cycling is has become an elitist sport or past time for the rich

    No it hasn't. You can buy cheap bikes, cheap kit and ride on the open roads for free any time you like. Don't overreact.

    Like any sport, there is also the ability to spend a lot of money and have a 'premium' experience, if that's your sort of thing.

    Closed roads events are expensive in the UK.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,922
    It's an absolute scandalous price. Yes I expect to pay, but this is way too much. I live in Harrogate so it's literally on my doorstep and I ride these roads for free every day. It's against my principle but I will just join part way round, just to make a point....to myself obviously ha ha

    It's very sad. Cycling is has become an elitist sport or past time for the rich

    No it hasn't. You can buy cheap bikes, cheap kit and ride on the open roads for free any time you like. Don't overreact.

    Like any sport, there is also the ability to spend a lot of money and have a 'premium' experience, if that's your sort of thing.

    Closed roads events are expensive in the UK.

    It's not a closed road event though, is it? Only the Harrogate loop is closed road.
  • Exactly. Not closed road.
    And I'm NOT overreacting. £50 is about the norm price these day's for a Sportive. Yes there are cheaper ones, but that's almost the going rate. And if that's not elitist, well, not sure what is. Yes we don't have to do them, and I often don't, and up totally accept that it's a lot of hard work to set up etc and for that reason alone I would expect to pay a reasonable amount. This isn't that reasonable amount.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,458
    For £90 I’d want a rainbow jersey thrown in as well.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,922
    Exactly. Not closed road.
    And I'm NOT overreacting. £50 is about the norm price these day's for a Sportive. Yes there are cheaper ones, but that's almost the going rate. And if that's not elitist, well, not sure what is. Yes we don't have to do them, and I often don't, and up totally accept that it's a lot of hard work to set up etc and for that reason alone I would expect to pay a reasonable amount. This isn't that reasonable amount.

    You are a bit.
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 4,434
    Exactly. Not closed road.
    And I'm NOT overreacting. £50 is about the norm price these day's for a Sportive. Yes there are cheaper ones, but that's almost the going rate. And if that's not elitist, well, not sure what is. Yes we don't have to do them, and I often don't, and up totally accept that it's a lot of hard work to set up etc and for that reason alone I would expect to pay a reasonable amount. This isn't that reasonable amount.

    It's an overreaction. It's a bike ride.

    Do an audax if you're worried about cost. Price is a function of supply and demand.

    Have you organised a sportive? I've no idea what a reasonable amount is but with many cycling chains going into administration it's a nice cash cow (maybe?) to keep them afloat.
  • MAMILs and MAWILs, typically good incomes with plenty of disposable income, expensive bling bikes and perhaps not the fitness to do them justice (but it gets us out riding and that's what really matters)... You can see why these sportive organisers will chance their arm with kidney selling admission prices.
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  • It's an overreaction. It's a bike ride.

    Do an audax if you're worried about cost. Price is a function of supply and demand.
    If you must ride the route, just download the map and go off on your own. Open roads - nothing to stop you.
  • Some people are answering there own question.
    It's a bike ride.
    Exactly.
    £70 plus. For a bike ride.

    If people think that's a reasonable amount to pay to ride your bike on a road you can ride for free, fair enough. My opinion is its crazy. Not over reaction just my opinion
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