A preview of the Crested Butte EWS.
Whistler and Colorado sold out in under 4 minutes this morning.
This situation is akin to the common Pinkbike "why do new bikes cost $8,000, I could buy a new moto for $8,000."
Please, please buy a moto instead. And if $305 seems too steep for a race entry, don't register. Please. The ROBOTS would prefer you just kill yourself but, in lieu of that, you quitting mountain bikes to ride dirt bikes poorly or having you skip the race so I don't have to see you or talk to you there would be acceptable solutions as well.
Guess what Pinkbike guy: you don't have $8000, and if you did you wouldn't buy a moto with it. You wouldn't buy a moto because you and I both know you already suck at mountain bikes, so picking up an even more competitive and difficult sport will not help you justify or make peace with your short existence on this earth. Better to be a medium to smallish fish in a really small pond, right?
Me Enduro-ing at Whistler last year. I read on a list of blogging tips that photos help to break up long prose into more palatable sections.
As for complains-about-the price-race-entry guy, the fact that we're even having this discussion means that you already bought your race entry. So kill yourself. Either that, or you never planned on racing but you just wanted to complain about the price of the race entry as a guise for why you skip the part of bike riding where we measure you and see how you stack up against your friends- you know, the part where you don't have excuses anymore and you have to account for how much you suck at mountain biking.
This is similar to "why would I pay $150 to race on trails I can ride for free" guy. Kill yourself.
If you chose not to race, the price of the race entry had nothing to do with your decision.
If you chose to race, the price of the race entry had nothing to do with your decision.
You know what addicts do when the price of meth goes up? They hustle. They makes moves. And they keep buying meth. No one wants to know how or where they got that money, but they found it somewhere. I would probably pay $1000 for a race entry if I had to. Every year for the last four years I've paid somewhere between $2500 and $3000 to travel to one World Cup round and be embarrassed on an international stage. That seems pretty stupid when you put it in perspective.
If you want to race, you just find the money somehow. Maybe you sell a kidney or kill someone for money or work on "Deadliest Catch" or whatever. Maybe you ask the meth people where they get their money. Maybe you start stealing outdoor AC units or start a chop shop in the garage. Maybe you start a "massage" booth in your van at the next race. You hustle.
And one more thing: the Crested Butte and Whistler races are going to suck again this year and I'm going to hate it.
I'll obviously be there.