jmcleod wrote:You can do whatever you like - I've started at the base of the Westgate and gone over it as soon as it's opened, in an effort to catch the first ferry. If you don't care to be part of the mass start, and see the mass celebrations at the end (and pick up your free newspaper), then there's nothing wrong with stopping once you've gone as far as you need to say "I've done it".
I'd recommend starting earlier, just to make sure you'll catch the last ferry - although this probably isn't much of an issue as you'll be doing no more before the ferry than the 250km riders are. Starting earlier and getting to the city at around the start time will also mean that you'll be more likely to find other riders that go at your pace.
Just a little heads-up on that one. BV doesn't really like you starting away from the official line (but the crush does make it a good idea) but, more critically, the Police were getting antsy with crowds loitering at the bottom of the bridge prior to opening time because of the obstruction they were causing. Dire warnings were issued last year so I'd suggest that you either go to the start and shuffle the first couple of kms or start somewhere along the route in a park or big side street and time your run to arrive at the bridge after it opens.