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?
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
Apparently we can expect a proper announcement next week, but someone has made an early breakaway from the peloton:
No doubt in my mind that they have a significant sponsor and the event will go ahead.
They seem to have changed the "Full Hike" course to some sort of out and back rather than starting from Mandurah:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The jersey is included in the fee of $97.50. Given the price of jerseys I don't think that is too bad.
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
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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