Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby ploz » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:51 pm

Despite the shambles that was this event in 2013, we were looking forward to this year's edition. However, the lack of info available at this late stage suggests it may have been axed or at least shifted later in the year. Has anybody heard?
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:58 pm

Not looking good. Twitter account has seen no action since April 2013 and their Facebook page hasn't been updated for a similar time frame.

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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby dmwill » Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:33 am

Threw a tweet to RAC, will see if I get a response.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:14 am

dmwill wrote:Threw a tweet to RAC, will see if I get a response.


Did the same and posted on their Facebook page as well.

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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby IncognitoMosquito » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:10 pm

23rd March 2014. There is someone busy at work and they respond to email pretty quickly.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby ploz » Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:37 pm

Thanks everybody, that is good news. For all its faults, a mass participation ride that gets so many people out on a bike is something we don't want to lose. And it's great to take over the freeway, even if it is only for a few hours!
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Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby dmwill » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:07 pm

RAC are not a sponsor this year it seems.

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IncognitoMosquito wrote:23rd March 2014. There is someone busy at work and they respond to email pretty quickly.

Source?
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Roobar » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:34 pm

If it's right two weeks out from the dams looks like good timing (my wife may find an issue with this statement but she'll be a cycling widow/single mum by then anyway) for a fast run down the freeway and more leisurely return to find the car
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby IncognitoMosquito » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:49 am

dmwill wrote:
IncognitoMosquito wrote:23rd March 2014. There is someone busy at work and they respond to email pretty quickly.

Source?


My PA's email. They have been chasing my PA since as a company we were one of the larger participants last year and raised some half serious coin for the cause. I asked her to confirm it after reading this thread.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Roobar » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:01 pm

2 1/2 months out with no website and still sponsor hunting sound like it not happening
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby IncognitoMosquito » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:33 pm

Roobar wrote:2 1/2 months out with no website and still sponsor hunting sound like it not happening


Not sure about that. They want to come and talk face to face with me late next week about our participation in this year's event. Source? Email correspondence today. Hopefully I will be able to update you all with the real story after that.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby MyNameIsNoone » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:27 pm

Not sure the sponsor status is an accurate temp gauge for it going ahead.

Keep in mind that the sponsor just throws in a cheque to have their name plastered around. The sponsor has no involvement in the event planning, permit applications, negotiations with main roads etc. This is all done by the event managers. And all that prep work can (and should) be done in the year leading up. The sponsor just knocks out a couple of ads and t-shirts at the last minute.

And given the shamozzle that was the excuse for organisation last year, I can hardly blame the sponsors for running a mile!
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby kx315 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:15 am

They posted on their Facebook page yesterday afternoon re "Exciting Announcement Coming Soon" so I guess we shall see.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby IncognitoMosquito » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:11 am

Apparently we can expect a proper announcement next week, but someone has made an early breakaway from the peloton:

http://www.fundraise4asthma.org.au/

No doubt in my mind that they have a significant sponsor and the event will go ahead.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby kx315 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:24 am

It would appear so......Bupa by the looks of things. We be interesting to see if the organisers have learnt anything from last year!
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby kx315 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:40 pm

Website is up http://bupabikehike.com.au/ looks like it is all go.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Scott_C » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:06 pm

kx315 wrote:Website is up http://bupabikehike.com.au/ looks like it is all go.


They seem to have changed the "Full Hike" course to some sort of out and back rather than starting from Mandurah:

The Website wrote:The all New Full Hike course now starts & finishes in the City of Perth making it quicker and easier to access in the morning.
Distance: 80km*
Minimum Pace: 23km per hour
Start Time & Location: 6:30am at Langley Park, City of Perth

The course will incorporate a lead safety vehicle and on-course event officials who will monitor the pace of both the front and back of the Full Hike riding group.


The map isn't up yet so I won't be signing up until I know what the route is.

They have also put up different starting times for the 2 mid-hikes, 7:30am for Kwinana and 9:00am for Currambine and for the 2 mini-hikes, 9:00am Bull Creek, 10:15am Stirling.

They also have a compulsory ride jersey like the Santos did last year, except in a worse colour (looks like a similar light blue to the Santos jersey with the addition of orange panels) and with limited pick-up options.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby MyNameIsNoone » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:36 pm

Jeez! How much?!?!?

Be interesting to see how the out and back turn is managed. Given the chaos of last year, I hope it's more than a cone in the middle of the freeway!!
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby kx315 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:44 pm

MyNameIsNoone wrote:Jeez! How much?!?!?

Be interesting to see how the out and back turn is managed. Given the chaos of last year, I hope it's more than a cone in the middle of the freeway!!


I am struggling to see how the out and back can work without shutting down both sides of the Freeway? Yes expensive for the 80km I'll justify it by saying its for charity I suppose!
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby ploz » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:35 pm

Just going by the 9.00 start at Currambine, I'm guessing the full hike goes north and turns around and heads back to Perth before the mid hike begins. So as long as everybody stays left-ish, one side of the freeway should suffice.
Good to see that the safety issues of 2013 have been addressed, even if it does take away the Mandurah drag.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Scott_C » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:43 pm

Taking a complete guess they could try and make the full Hike go 20km South then turn (~7:30am for tail end, 10km head start on Kwinana riders) ride 40km North then turn (~9:00am, 10km head start on Currambine riders) and then return to the city.

The fastest mid hike riders would overtake the tail-end of the full hike but that is pretty much unavoidable. Full hike riders averaging above 30 to 35kph would probably have clear roads for the whole ride.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby dmwill » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:31 pm

Scott_C wrote:
They also have a compulsory ride jersey like the Santos did last year, except in a worse colour (looks like a similar light blue to the Santos jersey with the addition of orange panels) and with limited pick-up options.


Jersey for the full hike, T-Shirt for the 30km (I'd hate to wear a T shirt riding).

Urgh. I'll just say it's too small and didn't fit me.

I'm all for charity, but hate being a billboard for some company - feels like that is where the *hiked* up entry fee is going.
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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:13 pm

kx315 wrote:Website is up http://bupabikehike.com.au/ looks like it is all go.


The jersey is included in the fee of $97.50. Given the price of jerseys I don't think that is too bad.

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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:15 pm

dmwill wrote:Urgh. I'll just say it's too small and didn't fit me.


They make it quite clear you cannot ride without it and frankly if I was a volunteer having to put up with this sort of rubbish I would be pretty PO. It is a charity ride for god's sake ... chill out and enjoy it or ride somewhere else, but hassle the volunteers, that is pretty poor form :roll:

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Re: Is the Freeway Bike Hike on in 2014?

Postby kx315 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:18 pm

Aushiker wrote:
kx315 wrote:Website is up http://bupabikehike.com.au/ looks like it is all go.


The jersey is included in the fee of $97.50. Given the price of jerseys I don't think that is too bad.

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I actually don't think it looks too bad (was not a fan of last years) and hey for charity I don't mind being a billboard for a few hours!

I am pretty keen to see the full hike map though.
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