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As a MTB racer and promoter I agree with Ken entirely, but I have
found that price seems to have no bearing on attendance at the race.
Team S&M has experimented with race entry fees to try to get more people
to our races. Last year at the Race at Reehers we dropped the price to
$20 for pre-reg (up to the day before the race) and $25 for day of race
fee. We had 140 racers. The year before we charged $25 pre-reg and $35
day of event. We had 200 racers. That same year we did a race that we
only charged $15 dollars per racer (no late fee). We had 58 racers.
So, as near as I can tell, the more we charge, the more people will show
There are a variety of reasons for a late fee. Some events serve
food or give out momentos to the racers that depend on the number of
racers. If the promoter does not know how many people are going, they
have to order an unknown extra amount of stuff and that costs extra.
Hiring more people to handle the rush of on site registration costs
extra money or delays the start of the event.
Each race has different costs. I believe that any time you are on
BLM or US Forest Service property, the promoter has to pay up to $5 per
racer in fees to BLM or USFS. Supplies and prizes and insurance all add
I only know what our club's exact costs and income are and I know
that we have made a profit on 2 of our 3 events. It is no fun to do a
lot of work and end up paying money out of our pocket. Even the events
where we were better than break even, we had to count on a huge number
of volunteer hours from club members.
OBRA makes it very aproachable to do a race and I would encourage
every mountain bike racing team to put on an event. The racers are very
supportive and it can be rewarding to do.
Thanks to Ken for the questions and feedback. It is always good to
find out what people are conserned about so that the promoters can try
to address the conserns and improve events.
Ken Lindhorst wrote:
I am a mt biker who raced the last two events in Bend and Bear springs.
Let me first say that both races were put together very well and a blast
to ride. The promoter (I forget his name) was very nice to deal with and
just did an overall great job. My only question is why is it so
expensive to race? I dropeed $45 in Bend, this did include my OBRA
license and I dropped $40 at Bear springs. I understand that there is a
$10 late fee which seems quite high to me. Its very difficult to plan to
hit a race a few weeks in advance, especially if one has a family. I
don't know what I'm doing from day to day let alone a week from now. If
there can be some way to register online would be great to stay away
from late fees (maybe there is a system and I just don't know about it)
I would hate to spend $25 to race only to find out something has come up
and I have spent $25 for nothing.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I'm just trying to
better understand why the costs are so high. Maybe there is a system out
there that I'm not aware of that one can register just a few days or a
day in advance. Anyway, thanks for a great race series and a big thank
you to Sobe and Cliff bars for the items they supply. Can anyone supply
me with contact info so I can thank them myself? Now get out there and
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