Ride Guide

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Re: Ride Guide

Postby SatyricTim » Mon 05 Nov 2012, 1:58 pm

I thought I'd revive this thread for 2012.

I prefer to be a planner.
Right now I feel like I'm flying blind.

The ride start is a bit over 2 weeks off.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby roshea » Mon 05 Nov 2012, 2:36 pm

Are there particular things you want to know? Others here might be able to help.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby SatyricTim » Mon 05 Nov 2012, 3:03 pm

I'm mostly looking to fill in details now. I think I know what to bring in general. It's more about what I haven't thought of.

What's in a ride guide anyway? There will be luggage tags and bike tags. But I have no idea what else to expect.

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Re: Ride Guide

Postby jigger » Mon 05 Nov 2012, 4:13 pm

Last year we got the ride guide and the bike and luggage tags at the actual start. The website mentions registering either the friday night or saturday morning so it miight be then when we get the guide etc.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby Thomas Darragh » Wed 07 Nov 2012, 12:34 pm

Last year we got our guide about the middle of November. As well as the guide, there are luggage and bike tags and information about the start drop off and finish pick up. Nothing else. Use the website for lists of what to take or go back through earlier forum posts. Tom
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby SatyricTim » Tue 13 Nov 2012, 2:56 pm

It seems that the rider kit will be collected from the registration tent at the ride start this year. There's a bit more info in the FAQ section of the website, and a PDF download of the ride guide if anyone else wants to read it before the event.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby SatyricTim » Sat 17 Nov 2012, 1:04 pm

OK. I don't know if I am going to GVBR.

I've signed up and paid all the money. But the latest gearing up email has confused me.
It says to check that I have my ticket on BLINK.
I can't find a ticket on BLINK. I can find receipt of payment, but no ticket.
The latest Gearing Up email also said to urgently confirm a confirmation letter.
I can't find any confirmation letter in my correspondence.

That seems to indicate to me that I might arrive at Lakes Entrance and be told I'm not on the ride.
How do I resolve this confusion? I've tried ringing BNV. But there's no one in the office until Monday.

Do other people have a ticket or a confirmation letter?
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby CatCanRide » Sat 17 Nov 2012, 1:41 pm

I rang BN during last week querying the Ride Guide and bag tags etc (and then saw that this thread had been updated :oops: ) and was told that all I had to do was turn uop at Lakes Entrance and collect them there. I said I'd misplaced the confirmation letter that I had received and was told that I didn't need to take it with me anyway. It was just a written confirmation of what I had signed up for.

The "ticket" on blink is just the summary of what you have signed up for.

I've since found my confirmation letter and will take it with me anyway, and since I made a change to my options since receiving it, I am taking a print out of my blink listed options with it as well.

As a first time GVBRer I feel a bit nervous about not having anything official to take with me, especially with taking the bus from Melbourne and not having official GVBR tags for my bike and bags. but shall survive that part of the process I think. :D

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Re: Ride Guide

Postby HappyHarperNouse » Sat 17 Nov 2012, 1:44 pm

I have also misplaced my Confirmation Letter. I am taking the email receipt and printout from Blink. At the Bus Station they will mark off your name.

They did that last year.

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Re: Ride Guide

Postby SatyricTim » Sat 17 Nov 2012, 2:33 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

I'll ring the office on Monday just for peace of mind.
I've done everything as far as I know. There's no reason I can think of to worry.

I'm just less organised than I would normally be for a trip, and I'm relying on faith in BNV to have all the unknowns covered and fall into place as I cycle. So I'm way out of my comfort zone. But I am looking forward to the ride, and I simply can't conceive of a multi day event for thousands of people not being organised. My problem. I'll just keep telling myself everything will be fine.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby Euan » Sat 17 Nov 2012, 3:19 pm

I find the best approach for events like this is to adopt the sheep like mentality "baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"

Worked for me last time I went.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby SatyricTim » Mon 19 Nov 2012, 1:31 pm

Everything is fine.
Everything is fine.

BNV is not answering the phone.
I left a message via an online form.
That said to allow 3 days for them to respond.

Not a happy camper.
Still, I don't know that there is anything wrong. Or right.

Everything is fine.
Everything is fine.

Baaaaaa!

And they got back to me. :)

Everything IS fine.
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Re: Ride Guide

Postby CatCanRide » Mon 19 Nov 2012, 6:21 pm

SatyricTim, Good to hear that all is well.

Was sure that all was good, but it is nice when you can get it confirmed.

Looking forward to getting going on Saturday.


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