Looking out the window last night, as the the snow floating down my thoughts drifted to contemplation about next years riding plans. One of the races I was toying with was a solo effort at the 2010 24hrs of Adrenalin in Canmore (what’s wrong with me, I know). I’ve raced it as a team before, but I decided to pull up the site and get some firmer details.

Now, I don’t think I’ve posted anything that could be constituted as a rant on this blog, but somebody has to explain this to me…

One look at the registration and I did a quick 360°… $450?!?

To put it in context, the pricing for the other divisions is as follows:

  • 24hrs of Adrenaline4-person = $850 ($212.50/person)
  • 5-person = $850 ($170/person)
  • 10-person = $1,300 ($130/person)

Comparable 24hr races I found ranged between $90-$300 (most of them leaning in the lower realm, and even the other Adrenalin events were closer to $300).

Now, I like to think I’m a reasonable guy… I fully anticipate a solo entry to be priced higher than the per-person cost of a team, but 2-3.5x the price?!? I have some trouble wrapping my head around that.

To further crystallize my frustration – The TR3 (a 3-day mini version of the Transrockies) costs $599 (or $499 with the early bird pricing). Sooooo… For an extra $50 I can get an additional 2 days of racing in beautiful British Columbia…

What gives?

Are there ridiculous insurance costs that need to be taken care of? Are there crazy logistics that I’m not understanding? Am I totally out to lunch on this?

The only thing that I can think of is that they are pricing the solo entries really high purposefully, to ensure that only the most serious (probably sponsored) riders are entering, to keep the solo-24hr pool as ‘elite’ as possible. And while I don’t necessarily disagree with this practice, $450 seems a little extreme. I’m no pro, but I’d like to think I’m a moderately capable, experienced racer who’s looking for a fun/grueling challenge. But for just shy of $500, I think my money might be better spent elsewhere.

If anybody can shed some light on this, please let me in on the secret…