The Ascent

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Re: The Ascent

Postby Mike.Ayling » Fri 23 Dec 2016, 8:55 am

the lone rider wrote:
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the lone rider wrote:2000 riders :shock: . The people organising this have no idea. Move it to an area that doesnt require road closures and there wont be a problem.


Do you have a hilly area in mind?

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I dont think it needs to be hilly, think this was their biggest mistake.


They would have to change the name!

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Re: The Ascent

Postby michael_w » Fri 23 Dec 2016, 10:15 am

Then I have no idea what the army of volunteers were doing at the road closure locations earlier this year.
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Re: The Ascent

Postby GreenAlias » Tue 24 Jan 2017, 8:51 am

This year's event is in danger of not going ahead See here

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Re: The Ascent

Postby macca33 » Tue 24 Jan 2017, 2:41 pm

A few riders local to me went, as well as a few members of our club. Whilst they said it was a nice day - hard for some and not so for others - they could do all that and more, on better, safer and more familiar roads in our local area.

$170 for the longer rides seems plenty excessive to me - I understand closed roads, etc, but it is a LOT of money.....

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Re: The Ascent

Postby mtb101 » Wed 25 Jan 2017, 5:00 pm

they've got 533 pledges and need 2000 entrants to break even by the 27th, if it don't go ahead I'll lead it for free (well buy me a latte) after-all its for the future of women's cycling.
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Re: The Ascent

Postby Claude Cat » Thu 26 Jan 2017, 7:45 pm

39% raised, 1 day to go.
Don't like their chances.

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Re: The Ascent

Postby Mike.Ayling » Fri 27 Jan 2017, 4:48 pm

Claude Cat wrote:39% raised, 1 day to go.
Don't like their chances.


42% and 584 riders.
Does the appeal go until midnight?

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Re: The Ascent

Postby Mike.Ayling » Tue 31 Jan 2017, 4:51 pm

I cannot see the appeal any longer but entries still appear to be open.

Does anyone know what the situation is?

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Re: The Ascent

Postby GreenAlias » Fri 03 Feb 2017, 7:30 am

"Bicycle Network's women-only ride in Victoria's Yarra Ranges, The Ascent – originally scheduled for Sunday 28 April – will not go ahead this year. Despite a huge effort from the team and our supporters, we fell short of our 1,500 rider target and fundraising goal."

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Re: The Ascent

Postby Mike.Ayling » Fri 03 Feb 2017, 8:27 am

GreenAlias wrote:"Bicycle Network's women-only ride in Victoria's Yarra Ranges, The Ascent – originally scheduled for Sunday 28 April – will not go ahead this year. Despite a huge effort from the team and our supporters, we fell short of our 1,500 rider target and fundraising goal."

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I thought that the original appeal was for 2,000 riders!

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Re: The Ascent

Postby baudman » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:14 am

...The good news is that The Ascent program will expand in 2017 with help from our Behaviour Change team and will continue to run a number of social rides, social nights and skill sessions hosted by our incredible team of ambassadors. All events are free and open to women of all abilities...


Y'know, I see that as a total win!

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Re: The Ascent

Postby Helen » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:31 am

I see the activities Baudman has quoted as much more useful in encouraging more women to ride, than a roadie-style event like the Ascent. I wonder if they would consider, for a bigger event, something involving one of Vic's rail trails, open to a greater variety of bikes and riders. I think that would be a winner.
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Re: The Ascent

Postby michael_w » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:42 pm

Helen wrote:I see the activities Baudman has quoted as much more useful in encouraging more women to ride, than a roadie-style event like the Ascent. I wonder if they would consider, for a bigger event, something involving one of Vic's rail trails, open to a greater variety of bikes and riders. I think that would be a winner.

I agree Helen, although I think getting exclusive access to such a route as problematic. To do otherwise would possibly lead to widespread condemnation of BN for "taking over the rail trail", blah blah blah. Plus you'd likely get the blow-ins who couldn't be bothered paying yet possibly wreaking havoc among such a bunch.

If there was some way to do it, I reckon that would be a winner.

On second thoughts, Ride the Night is mainly on paths? Although at that time of day (night) the number of non-RTN participants would be far lower than daylight hours.
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Re: The Ascent

Postby JAC » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 1:16 pm

baudman wrote:
...The good news is that The Ascent program will expand in 2017 with help from our Behaviour Change team and will continue to run a number of social rides, social nights and skill sessions hosted by our incredible team of ambassadors. All events are free and open to women of all abilities...


Y'know, I see that as a total win!


I think its a win too.
Free and open to all abilities. Much better than pricey and up a big hill.
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Re: The Ascent

Postby Helen » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 2:47 pm

Most people would be willing to pay something, though. That would get you some kind of ID bib or paper bracelet a/la music festival, which would solve the "blow in" problem. (Oh, and food trucks at the end. Must be food trucks :lol: )
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