How much is too much?
Hypothetical question: what’s the maximum you’d pay for a one-day mtb event?
Obviously value is subjective, and this would be for a new event, so its down to the marketing to make it look good. Assuming you were genuinely attracted to the riding that was on offer, at what price do you think “I’m not paying THAT for a ride”?
(Not including events with uplift services, just to be specific)Posted 4 years agoMary HingeMember
£35 is about my limit. I would want some freebies and some good trails for that.
Triathlon prices seem to be creeping up to the 50 quid mark these days, which is pricing it out of my pleasure range. So I’ll be doing fewer this year.
For £50 for an mtb event I’d want a meal at the end of it and free camping and suchlike.
I’d pay a bit more for a 24 hour event.Posted 4 years agoprawnyMember
How much is a ticket to Alton towers and the like £35?
For the amount of insurance and maintenance and staff that doesn’t seem extortionate. So for an mtb event maybe £15 for a proper mint man made course, a tenner if you’re just riding regular trails with a few signs. Maybel less if there’s no food stops or freebies. But I’d rather take my own stuff anyway to be honest.
I rode a wiggle sportive a couple of years ago, 20 odd quid for a badly signed route and a feed stop with a queue so long I didn’t bother. Haven’t done one since. Even the Evans ones are getting a bit steep these days.Posted 4 years agoDracSubscriber
Depends what you’re offering with the event, what sort of venue, how long or how far, what do you get in with the price just a ride or food stops, first aid cover, good signage, prizes, t-shirt, water bottle things like that. Will there be a good amount of marshals, what sort of time keeping are you using, how many competitors and categories?
In other words there’s no easy answer.Posted 4 years ago
I’m tight, based on reading the above. And if people will pay up to £50-75 for a day ride with parking and feed stops, in the wrong business : )
Even the Evans ones are getting a bit steep these days.
At £17.50? I’m biased but they’re well run, well fed on route and signs all come down afterwards on the day, seems about right to me. And I’m tight.. or specifically, don’t value many events over ‘just going for a ride’.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
£50 is okay for a well run enduro / all day race
£25 max for an xc event
80 quid to ruin yer trainers, some nettles and the odd electric shock. Then it’s a tenner to park, and oh, don’t forget TWENTY QUID to spectate!
Aye its 80 quid if you sign up two months in advance. The pay on the day price for the last one i saw was £105!. Needless to say I didn’t “pay on the day”Posted 4 years agoprawnyMember
At £17.50? I’m biased but they’re well run, well fed on route and signs all come down afterwards on the day, seems about right to me. And I’m tight.. or specifically, don’t value many events over ‘just going for a ride’.
They were only a tenner 3 or 4 years ago, then £12.50 I thought they were still £15 now. £17.50 is too much IMO. Sportives are a rip off these days, and the off road ride I did was dull as ditchwater.
Don’t get me wrong the Evans ones are as we’ll run as any, but they’re not nearly twice as good as they were, and my expendable income certainly hasn’t almost doubled in the last 4 years.Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Cheers all, some good points made there (in case you didn’t know I’m organising the North Pennines MTB Marathon)
Price to include stuff like insurance, timing equipment, route marking, well-stocked feed station, food and accommodation for volunteer marshals, donations to mountain rescue etc (just in case), possibly a “free” t-shirt and possibly “free” camping. All profit to go to local good causes.
Just need to balance the cost spreadsheet and work out the maximum number of riders I can fit in…
And for what its worth, I balk at paying more than £25 for a ride, unless its something truly special. Benchmark for me is the Dyfi Enduro, which is truly special. 🙂Posted 4 years agoscramblerMember
I used to do the likes of the Grizedale & Whinlatter Challenges and various marathon events which were about £25 to £30 a few years ago. I couldn’t justify paying more than that at the time.Posted 4 years ago
Though it’s not an mtb event, the Fred Whitton challenge has just gone up to £50 this year but it is a very well established and organised event which is oversubscribed every year.
I know the area you are running the event so it is a bit different (not much forest road!) which may be an incentive for some but I wouldn’t pay more than £30 until it had established a ‘wow’ factor.YoKaiserSubscriber
I’ve paid the price of Ironman events in the past so I’d say if all the key ingredients were in place then there wouldn’t necessarily be an upper limit. If an event will be something I’ll remember for the rest of my life, test me, provide some training focus and be something I’ll bore everyone with then it’ll be good value regardless of the cost. If it doesn’t meet expectations though then I do seem to get a bit bothered(see Tough Mudder).Posted 4 years agobombjackMember
TBH it depends on the level of trails, the exclusivity, the timing and the length of event. Gravity Enduros are coming in at about £30-£40 per day, DH with uplifts are more like 60-70.Posted 4 years ago
Triathlons / events like tough mudder are taking the piss a little, more money than sense is about right. But then again if you’re spunking 4-5 hundred on a set of race wheels whats an additional £80 to race?
Bet they are the same people who park on the verge outside venues to avoid the £2.50 parking charge…theonlywayisupMember
As others have said, it depends upon what is on offer for the participants. For example:
Brecon Beast is £30 and includes 2 routes (long ~100k), feeding station, camping, pre-ride meal and T-shirt.
OMM Bike (formerly Polaris) is £55 for 2 days riding, loads of check points, map, camping and post-ride meal.
Both of these events are well organised and good value IMO. For a one day marathon style MTB ride £50 would be my limit, unless it was special.Posted 4 years agoteethgrinderSubscriber
Depends on where it is to some extent. £27 to piss about on Chopwell Powerline trail for 4 minutes is a bit much when it’s 10 mins away and I can do it for free, and likewise, £37 odd to piss about in Hamsterley when it’s 10 mins away from work and I can do it for free.
£58 for the IoM end to end is not bad, even when adding B&B and fuel etc, but it’s a one off.Posted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
About £25 is right IMHO, the Dyfi has it nailed, great event, chance of a prize, good feed stations and free camping.
Some sportive prices are ridiculous; £50 to ride open roads with a couple of thousand others, not my cup of tea any more. But paying up to £70 for a closed road one is fine though.Posted 4 years agoNazNomadSubscriber
I’m happy spending around 40 – 50 quid on a good day out . If it’s somewhere new or with off piste trails then it’s effectively free guiding and where would we be if people didn’t put these events on for us?
With several thousands of pounds worth of bike underneath me I can hardly complain about a few quid to ride an event
DavePosted 4 years agoxiphonMember
Most events are now reasonably priced IMO, if you want expensive, try tough mudder. 80 quid to ruin yer trainers, some nettles and the odd electric shock. Then it’s a tenner to park, and oh, don’t forget TWENTY QUID to spectate!.
Holy cow! Just had a visit on the Tough Mudder website, and yes, it’s £20 to spectate….Posted 4 years ago
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