Hi everyone,

I was really excited to receive notification the other day, for the 2012 Amy Gillett Gran Fondo registrations had opened.  However, my excitement quickly turned to dismay, and then slight resentment at the event organisers when I saw that the price had increased by approximately 15% on the 2011 price.  Furthermore, I realised the price of most everything associated with the event also increased in price!

So, I reviewed what I receive for a $190 ride in September, beside riding along the Great Ocean Road.

 •    A fully timed, mass participation competitive event based on finishing time - true 'Gran Fondo' style
•    120km of fully closed roads on the iconic Great Ocean Road 
•    Open to all rider levels with staggered starting times - safety first
•    Age group and team prize money and awards
•    Qualify for the 2013 UCI World Cycling Tour World Championships (UWCT Final)
•    Limited field of participants for 2012

For my hard earned cash, that's all I get.  Food, accommodation, travel and insurance is all extra.  There is no t-shirt, jersey, discounted food or local accommodation wrapped up in the registration.  Just the above.

To break it down into a monetary perspective, I decided to compare registration costs associated with some international Gran Fondo events.  Here is what I discovered:

To ride Tour of Flanders - €35 (AUD$45)


To ride Lake Tapoe NZ - $99 (AUD$78)

UCI approved event also.


To ride Etape du Tour, France - €95 + €5 ins (AUD$128)

Two dates & two routes to choose from! Completely closed course also.



Ride organisers can surely do so much better, and make it even more attractive for people to jump onto events.  We seem to get completely soaked and ripped off in this beautiful country!! Why?

Footnote: I'm reserving my decision to register.  Still weighing up the cost of it all.

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What an interesting reply.

So making an event bigger makes it more expensive per participant.

So no economies of scale here.

It seem poor business practice to deliberately increase costs (pragmatically some increases are inevitable).

All these "inclusions" so increasing sponsorship should increase the cost to the participants?

I wonder what the sponsors think of this typically they pay to get their "brand" exposed to a target audience.

It seems some other business model is being used here.

Or is it just some feeble a tempt to justify profit maximization?

Really the most effective protest is to take your dollars elsewhere.

I hope the participants enjoy the ride while I have never been on such a ride I must admit I am not keen on crowds.

This is not that surprising.  I am a member of the race committee with the ACTVETs and as the club grows the cost per rider is going up due to the size of the pelotons.  As they grow you start needing more marshels, more chase cars and it becomes harder to gain road approvals.

And the catch 22 Julian is it wont get any cheaper if you keep signing up each year :)

that is just cruel. 

I participated in the inaugural Gran Fondo, and quickly registered for 2012.  Yes the price hurt a little, but it is my holiday doing what I love - and loved the ride & the road closures & the slick organisation of it all.  Think many a rider would be shocked if they see the bills that AGF would have to pay for all required to host such a ride, particularly the road closures.  Not fussed about not getting a jersey, not fussed about lunch as would rather go to a cafe & order what I want.  Happy to spend my money into the local communities with food/accommodation costs as I would do with any holiday. 

I'm in. Accom was a bit tricky ended up at Airey's Inlet and have to attend the 6am briefing on Sunday but hey no pain no gain. Where is everybody else staying?

I rode the ATB last year and the price for that is $180 which includes ferry and a top not that I ever wear it or previous ones. 

Looking forward to the GF with its timing, hilltop finish and closed roads it's the closest I will ever get to a stage in any sort of race.

We have grabed two cabins in the caravan park.  Very reasonable in terms of cost and within a 5 min walk to the supermarket, 10 min from the centre of town.

Even better as your coming down the hill the entrance is 10m from the bottom at the intersection.

Well done how long ago did you grab them? Last night everything was showing as booked out. I wondered if Amy's themselves had booked everything and were going to release it as packages but when you check on the site there is no info and they tell you to book asap. So maybe not.

I would give the Lorne Caravan Park a call direct.

They are really nice guys who were really helpfull.

I found them last year and knowing that this ride would be popular I called them and reserved two cabin as soon as I knew the date.

I have always found that onsite cabins to be really good value when travelling.  These ones have a three level bunk and a queen size bed.  Plus stove, microwave and TV.  Outside dinning area which makes for fun when other cabins come out to talk.

My only question is that when ever I go to these types of events I like to bring the stand and do a last minute check of my bike I always end up doing the bike mechanic for everyone around me.  Last year even managed to replace a gear cable for someone I just met.  Did get me a beer for doing the job and a beer after the ride as a thank you. 

All cabins sold out for sat 15th it was first place I checked. But at least I know where to bring my bike.:o)

I would like to point out my beer choices are not cheap.

Belgium would be the best choice, although in a pinch I do like Coopers Dark Ale

Would another spin on this be it is not the riding that costs too much but all the add-ons that are included?

After all closed roads, sag wagons and having access to professional mechanics all increase costs.

How much people want to put their brains in nutral while they are on holidays would be a personal thing

Audax Australia offer the Eastern 123 this is a 100,150 200 or 300 Km ride on the 5/12/2012 for a cost of $15

It starts at 7:00 am at Joslin Contact: Glen Thompson Tel: 08 8271 3500 Email: gthomps5@adam.com.au

But you wont get a jersey or a warm fuzzy feeling about some charity.

You also probably wont get a large number of Mr and Ms Wobbly who struggle to ride their bike in a straight line and think anything over a 2% gradient for 50m it tough.

All I can say about the Audax mob is beware the old guy with the well worn bike.

He may well ride it more Km per year than many people drive their cars.


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