I know that on Monday I posted my intent on riding (not racing, my whole goal would be to just finish) the Epic 200 in August. Well, plans have changed…
I am not wussing out. I fully intended to have a go at it. If I made it, great! If I made it 120 miles, I could live with that. I was going into this with zero expectations as to my performance.
What is influencing my decision is money.
The registration fee for the Epic 200 is $95, going up to $105 next week. I am not complaining about the cost – I understand fully that the registration fees go to cover the cost of the t-shirts, food, permits, insurance costs and other assorted fees that the event promoter has to pay in order to put on a ride. If they are very lucky, they may actually break even.
After discussing this with the wife, we just can’t justify the cost right now.
Riding your bike is relatively inexpensive – assuming you already have a bike. Riding your bike in an organized ride or race is not. Aside from the entry/registration fees, if the ride is out of town, you have to include gas, lodging and eating out to your monetary output.
A 200 mile ride is still on my bucket list. It will just have to wait till next year – and I plan on riding this next year. When I sit down to plan out 2012, the Epic 200 will be part of that plan, and I will register early – when we can still afford it.