hamishm wrote:Consider me an old grouch if you will, but $80, non-refundable, non-transferable, no bringing your mates along to freeload or else, just seems like a big money grab to me.
Andy has always been pretty much up-front that he doesn't (didn't?) care much whether anybody else wants to ride along the cobbled alleys of Melbourne on Melburn-Roobaix day without paying. A mobile cheer-squad for the official M-R riders. Whatever.
Maybe he's changed his tune. I don't know. After all these years, it's his prerogative to do so. He's created a phenomenon. It's probably less fun to put on than it use to be back in the day. It's certainly morphed from being an underground pre-hipster freakshow to being a rather mainstream establishment tradition of the Melbourne velocipede scene. He certainly did it for the LOLs in the early days... good for him if he's cashing in now.
I've done a few of them. They were bloody good fun. Every year I think "nah, been there done that, will give it a miss this year", but when I get my arm twisted I have a splendid day out. Once again, this year, I've been there and done that and don't really need to do it again. Good luck to those who stump up the money (or who ride along as a mobile cheer squad or whatever). Have fun.