wagger wrote:Joker wrote:Unsure, but at least the entry fees for the ride went to a charity
Just to clarify:
100% of entry fees go directly in the coffers of Bicycle Network Victoria.
Smith Family actually pay to be a part of day and do not receive one cent from the ride entry fee.
Smith family raise their money through riders raising money directly for them.
Correct. A lot of riders don't bother to fundraise because they think (assume ) their entry goes to the Smith Family. It really doesn't take much effort to raise a few hundred bucks from sponsorships. The main reason I just stick to the 50km ride is to help raise some $$ for the charity, and hopefully take a few newish riders along as well.
I think when you understand that the entry just covers costs and you ride for the charity you are a bit more forgiving of the weather and the odd organisational stuff-up, not to mention the bad riding of the occasional casual riders that turn up for the day.
I do longer rides myself every week anyway, so I don't do it for the ride per se..... though I do enjoy riding over the WGBridge. I've entered the AAC135 for a riding challenge !!