kingrollo wrote:gabriel959 wrote:Don't understand the lure of these rides, it is already a bit iffy when you join a Sunday ride with the club and there are a couple of new riders, imagine riding with 17,000 new people! Ok, it is closed roads, but you need to pay for it, possibly get a hotel room, it just sounds like an unnecessary expense for riding my bike with an increased risk of injury and accidents! Much prefer the sense of adventure of an audax which is a lot more what cycling is about, in my opinion.
The number 1 reason people don't cycle is fear of cars - so that (rightly or wrongly) is the appeal of these events.
Think the 42 miler was a mistake - make the minimum distance 75 miles and you introduce a bit of quality control
I dont think the fear of cars is necessary the thing that makes a closed road appeal more for these types of events, of course an open road sportive on the same route wouldnt have the exact same appeal because traffic would be a pain, but the kind of person that signs up to ride 100 miles, isnt going to be put off by cycling with a fear of traffic that much, as how else would you have put the miles in, in the first place to be able to complete such a ride.
maybe the 42miler was introduced more for the charity riders as it came sometime after the main event was announced possibly when they picked their main sponsor group charities