I just ran across a new race (for me) today and thought I’d take a look. A few clicks later I exited the site, scratching my head. Here’s why.
- Place: St. Tropez, France
- Distance: 179 km
- Included: ‘Pasta party’, goody bag, etc.
- Price: €48 (about $63)
- Place: New York City
- Distance: 177 km
- Included: Jersey (that you must wear on the day!), a few other things, like food at the end of the race.
- Price: $278 (€210)
That’s a 330% difference. I had to re-read the cost a couple of times before it registered. I wonder if any of my North American friends can tell me what they usually pay for their races? I remember Rob paid a fair amount for the Axel Merckx one last summer, too.
In France I usually pay around €30 for a local race (all include hot lunches at a minimum; some throw in a free jersey like the one I got last weekend, for example) and the most I’ve ever forked out was for the 3 Etapes du Tour I’ve done – €108 ($143), I think. That’s with all the trimmings and roads closed to traffic.
Is the average Joe being priced out of races in North America or is the Gran Fondo New York an anomaly?