peletor wrote:I think the idea is that this is advertising to try and get new members. I wouldn't begrudge BNV for putting an ad in a bicycle magazine saying "join BNV!" - Sponsorship is just another form of advertising designed to create more money for advocacy, not as a way of spending advocacy money.
Maybe they think they can replace CA? Any rider that can complete an NRS race in the front group wants nothing to do with anything BNV put on - ATBIAD, etc. These guys ride up to 200km for training, they are not going to pay to do that via an organised ride.
The only reason BNV are doing this is to make money.
AUDAX do a far better job at long rides than any BNV event, hands down. For a darn sight less money and hassle.
It is sad to watch an organisation jump the shark and forget why it was started in the first place.