Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:04 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 248 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ... 25  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:38 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:17 pm
Posts: 3775
Location: Norn Iron
Morning all,

The idea of this ride appeals to me but thr date does not suit at all - daughter's birthday etc etc BUT i was wondering, £70 seems a lot (too much) - is it possible just to join in? Is there someone who can stop you riding on the road - i am presuming that the roads will be closed and perhaps that is where the cost is but can you be forced to pay?

I am not encouraging anyone to do this, just interested in how the event runs as i have no experience of this at all (obviously!!).

Richard


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:59 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:04 pm
Posts: 110
Location: Canterbury
Guys,my first thought was HOW MUCH! And then I got to thinking that travel costs to this will be a fraction of the continental events and as for the fear that this will be full of lycra clad Ruperts riding Fixies and Bromptons then if all us retro enthusiasts stay away that is exactly what it will become. So many of us have wished for such an event and it is disappointing that we appear not to be the target audience but maybe we should give this a chance? If enough of us turn up it might just become the event we have all wanted.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:04 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:17 pm
Posts: 3775
Location: Norn Iron
If the date was different i might have considered it but it would be a costly day with flights, road/train travel, accomodation and beer - oh, and food too plus £70. NOt much change out of £300 i would guess!!

Richard

p.s. still interested in just joining in!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:21 am 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:08 am
Posts: 6840
Location: Nth Somerset, UK
To answer your question Richard; there is nothing to stop you joining in, provided the whole route is on public roads.

In theory you would not be able to use any of the feed stations or get an official time, but if the motivation was just to participate, then why not.

Regarding the price, I thought the same thing, that even with the exorbitant entry fee, it would be a lot cheaper than going to Europe. But, I also thought that same fee will probably put off a lot of European visitors from coming across, which would be a shame.

Given the popularity of sportives over here, and the success of L'Eroica (and others), I predict a growth in 'vintage' sportives in the UK, as at present it is a relatively untapped market.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:24 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Fri May 18, 2012 11:24 am
Posts: 194
Location: London SW
For me it is a matter of principle. This people, whi I understand being the owners of a restaurant in Eccleshall road in Sheffield somehow got the franchise of the UK Eroica... fine.
Assuming they expect 1,000 people, that makes over 75,000 pounds revenue according to their pricing (only 500 pay 70).
The budget of the Dragon ride was along those figures when it was an event for around 2500 entrants and WAS RUN FOR PROFIT. So it is clear to me that this event too is run for profit, as there is no way in the world such an event costs 75,000 pounds to put together. Therefore I object and I am not interested, unless they come up with a damn good reason of why it costs 70 pounds... ie. if they decided to permanently signpost the route as they did in Tuscany, that would go some way towards making sense of it... but 70 pounds for some food and a goodie bag is a joke


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:45 pm 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:03 pm
Posts: 1773
Location: In the village
I'll try and get to it even though the entry is steep. Be a shame not to fly the Retrobike flag.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:14 pm 
West Midlands AEC
West Midlands AEC
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 14, 2008 11:06 pm
Posts: 6266
Location: Stow on the Wold, Glos
Just to cheer matters up !!

It's £70 for the first 500 then it's £85 !!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:35 pm 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:03 pm
Posts: 1773
Location: In the village
It's typical of Britain, trying to squeeze as much cash as they can from as little as possible.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:39 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:17 pm
Posts: 3775
Location: Norn Iron
I might start a Norn Iron one!!! It will be cheap and verbal directions will be supplied!

Richard


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:34 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:12 am
Posts: 862
Location: wiltshire
vivelesalpes wrote:
Yes, It will be.

It's Gian and Marco of Nonnas / La Squadra who are the driving force behind it in conjunction with the Peak District National Park.


L'eroica is appealing because it's run in Italy, by Italians with a very Italian feel to it.
The Anjou Vintage Velo is, you've guessed it, in france run by french people - both have an authenticity to them.

Tyring to replicate this in Peaks is daft - La Squadra seem to think they're based in continental Europe....

Keep it authentic and local - no wine or crappuccinos.
Maybe some ale and cheese .
Get the guy from the yellow pages advert to do a guest appearance (i were right about that saddle)

Don't take the piss by charging people 85 quid to ride roads that are theirs anyway.

Ciao! :facepalm:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 248 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ... 25  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], kingbling, syvid_974 and 18 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group