...they really should be brave and limit entries to period bikes only if they want to compete with events in the continent...
I don't think the organiser is trying to do much other than raise as much money for the local hospice...and he has a penchant for vintage bikes. Hence, an open entry criteria suits him and the hospice. I did find it a bit strange last year when the very modern machines massively outweighed the older bikes (or perhaps it was the opposite
), after all one might ask why would someone be attracted to a 'vintage ride' and yet turn up on a 2011 Focus with di2? However, it probably goes to show that you don't need to have an older bike to enjoy riding with others on a fantastic route with great food, organisation and lovely helpers...with several great old bikes thrown into the bargain, along with an excellent historic display at the HQ.
I'll be there (all being well), my only worry will be whether there will be any easter eggs left in the house by the time I get home to my wife and 2 daughters!