How much is too much? Cycletta.

Hmm, I wanted to have a look at the cycletta in Swindon http://www.cycletta.co.uk/event-info/cycletta-wiltshire.aspx and was then told it was £42 (for the 40km route). This struck me a a bit ridiculous, and consequently tweeted about it. No reply currently from cycletta, but I did get one from EtapeCymru:

@elzrocks hi, the extra investment goes into lots of safety, post event pampering, amazing venues and goodie bags. Fab cyclist experience

Yeah ok, safety needed etc, but Wiggle’s Magnificat http://www.cyclegb.co.uk/ had post event massage (not that I used it, but I did see people that did!). We also got a commemorative medal (which actually I had no idea about until I got it). I entered this for £9 (alright with a discount), but it’s still MILES cheaper than cycletta. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great idea, but with times like this, for some of us £42 is a hell of a lot of money (thanks to my lovely twitter people here who also agreed with me). Also with so few things happening in Basingstoke, I have to look further afield. Swindon is a town I used to know fairly well.
I cannot afford to do this. £42 is about what I have left weekly, and that has to cover my mobile bill, food, etc.

I would like to point out I am not having a go at anyone here. I just think it’s a high price to pay, when we should be encouraging more people to cycle. Especially women.

I promise this wasn’t a rant!

If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. I’m not bothered!

Keep smiling.

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Reading Ride-It tomorrow

Just a quick post – I’ve already said I’m doing the Reading Ride-It tomorrow (the 30miler). Thank god I managed to contact Annie – who rode the last of the LadyCat with me – and I’ll be able to meet her there. This is brilliant as we pretty much ride at the same pace and she was great to have a laugh with!

I also seem to be supporting Endura (clothing) single handedly – bought a mens small racing jersey, and fingerless gloves from http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/shop_info.html and already own a hi-viz jacket. The mens racing jersey was 50% off – even though the bloke on the till had no idea they had a sale rail!! Happy days!

I also have my Magnificat bib shorts – they are perfect! Wonder if I’ll be able to wear them tomorrow?!?!

The ride tomorrow doesn’t seem as well organised as Wiggle’s Magnificat last weekend. Maps of the route still haven’t appeared in my email inbox – and have failed to get a reply after emailing them. Thankfully they have maps there tomorrow.

I’d also like to point out that I’m not having a dig at them! And I understand about pre riding the ‘course.’

Anyway, hopefully the rain stays away…
There is always wishful thinking…

Cheers!!

Sportif on Sunday Alert!

Whilst driving back through Newbury on Sunday, I saw a sign warning of Traffic Delays, and one for the Wiggle Magnificat Sportif on sunday. Oooo looks interesting I thought, so duly did a bit of reaserch. Even better there is a LadyCat option – perfect for me, having never done a Sportif before! Hopefully I will find some other people I know who are doing it!

keep smiling 🙂