Why is this ride so expensive?
I’m glad you asked!
1. We are greedy pigs.
2. Here’s roughly where some of the ride fees go:
Charitable Donations: $10,000
Insurance (mandatory) - $4,000
(yes, we have lots of great volunteers, but crew such as truck drivers and security guards get paid).
Massage Post-Ride: $6,500
Police Coverage & Permit Fees: $8,000
Rented Trucks: $15,000
Rest Stop Food: $25,000
Portable Toilets: $9,000
Post-Ride Meal: $25,000
Shower truck - $6,000
Train Tickets: $4,687
Note that while some of those prices change with the size of the ride, a lot of items cost the same no matter how many cyclists we have.
Not so long ago we had close to 3,000 cyclists, which of course meant that those fixed expenses were split by, well, 3,000 people.
Now we are restricted by some of the towns we pedal through to half that count, but those fixed expenses stay the same.
We talked a LOT about whether to make the ride less expensive by cutting way back on service, and we just decided that’s not what you want. (I hope we’re right!)