as a full time vollie, it was a superb thing to hear the thanks and support time and again from the riders.
the vollies have a long day, every one of them, and for many there is a huge financial opportunity cost for them to take on their role, and it is that contribution that not only makes the Great Vic the unique excercise it is, but also the most unique of experience for riders and vollies alike.
Without Vollies BV would not exist, without Vollies, these rides would cost multiples of current costs or not occur at all.
I venture to repeat statements I have heard from vollies and riders that
BV is here because of vollies, without them it could not survive.
I have been on the biggest bike ride in the world the RAGBRAI, RAGBRAI is an acronym for Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. It is a non-competitive bicycle ride across Iowa that draws recreational riders from across the United States and overseas. They ride from a community on Iowa's western border to a community on Iowa's eastern border, stopping in towns across the state. RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders in an annual ride across Iowa, it is similar to the GVBR in that it is a moving city, but it could not exist as like GVBR as they dont get the Volunteers we do, they do get township particpation, but at a commercial level. The main difference is that unlike here private support vehicles are allowed and teams can be registered, so it isnt unusual to see a team bus towing a trailer, with a micro brewery on board, a band playing on the roof deck and deck chairs laid out up top as the immediate Sag wagon. It's a riot and 10,000 riders testify to its success every year. It is now been going since 1972. I'm not suggesting BV change its model, just that the commercial alternative is quite different from what we have and perhaps wouldnt get an approval guernsey from regulatory authorities anyway.
The Great Vic is a great event, something that BV is very good at doing.
The vollies make it happen and happen and happen... well done vollies.
My bicycles rule my life, shame they can't cook