30 bucks of misery

Tomorrow we get to race gain. I’m still waiting to find out if I will be taking to the line in the morning or the afternoon. When you are a lower level domestique on a team, you aren’t always certain what your role will be. One thing I know, whenever I race it will be a wet and cold one.

In fits of rational thinking, I ask myself why I do it. I mean, if I register for the race online, it is going to cost me $25 plus the $2.75 fee for the online service. If I wait until race day, I have to pay an extra $5 to register. So, rounded up, that means I’m forking out $30 to ride my bike around in circles while risking life and limb in wet and cold conditions.

If you race two days this weekend, you will pay $60. What is that they were saying about bicycle racing being the new golf? Things are getting a little tight right now in the Pait household. It might be the dollars instead of the weather keeping me away!

Of course, I’ll be there. Organized racing is just an experience you can’t duplicate on your informal group rides. There is something about seeing your name on the finishing list that makes it all seem more real.

Last year was nice because I placed high enough in most of my races that I was able to come out of the race weekend pretty much even. That isn’t going to be the case in 2011. With gas and food prices rising and other economic factors, it is going to be hard to justify that much expense — in addition to fuel, etc. for a weekend.

It is a free market and the price will be what the market can bear. I guess my question is, at what point does the supply tip the demand? What is the cap on the fees before racers will back off?

Personally, I hope we don’t have to find out. For now, I’ll be out there to receive my 30 bucks worth of misery.

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About Jonathan Pait

Jonathan started riding mountain bikes in the early 1990s. After discovering the ride can start at the end of his driveway, he moved to the road in 2006. Little did he know that first pedal stroke would lead him on an adventure that has become much larger than the bicycle.