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    Bend's Big Fat Tour pricing going up July 1st

    Hi there!

    Just a friendly reminder for those who plan to ride Bend's Big Fat Tour this October 16-18 that on July 1st the price will go up $10 no matter if you register for 1, 2 or 3 days of riding.

    This years event looks like it will be another year of great routes, lots of riding, good food and of course great beer! Being the 15th annual event, Sunriver Resort is kicking down a party on Friday night as well for Friday riders!

    Check out the website for ride info and to register: www.bendsbigfattour.com

    Whose riding???
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    Handling Fee

    Warning, there is an $8 "handling fee" imposed by Active.com if you register online. That's a joke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scocke
    Warning, there is an $8 "handling fee" imposed by Active.com if you register online. That's a joke!
    Yep, especially with the 'same prices as last year' claim on the website. Also seemed like a lot of opting out had to be done during the sign up process. I opted out of registering.

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    Sorry you both feel that way! Many events have a registration fee so this should be no surprise. And yes, the prices are the same as last year, same registration fee from Active and costs for the event.
    Don't forget, it is a No Whiners event, come ride and get over it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scocke
    Warning, there is an $8 "handling fee" imposed by Active.com if you register online. That's a joke!
    Have a couple of extra pints while doing the tour. That takes care of the handling fee, and that way you can "stick it to the man"....harrrrr!

    Fees or no fees, for the price you get to rip sick singletrack all day for three days. That is worth the entry fee in its self.

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    New question here. It's About The Ride!

    Always has been and still is only now the kids get bikes and lessons thanks to the BBFT's generous donations to the Boys and Girls Club.

    Seems to me Active should get the grief here not BBFT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funner
    Always has been and still is only now the kids get bikes and lessons thanks to the BBFT's generous donations to the Boys and Girls Club.

    Seems to me Active should get the grief here not BBFT.
    Yeah, except BBFT selected them as the sole means of registration, with no indication on the BBFT site of the processing charge. And of course every $ that goes to active doesn't get spent in Bend.

    I've done BBFT several times, and have always recommended it to people, but heard from some last year that didn't see think it was worth it.

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    As a board member, I can share that we are looking at other on-line registration options for next year but it did not make sense to implement a change for this year. It is a good idea to mention that there is a fee from Active on the website, I will pass that on to be done.

    And the most important thing, if people are feeling the event is going downhill this info needs to be shared. We are committed to offering a fabulous event but with no feedback (other than the active charge) we can not work on what people are not liking. That said, please ask your friends who felt there were problems to email info@bendsbigfattour.com and let us know their thoughts.

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    Snail Mail

    Cog Wild, Is there a "snail mail" option for registering? I whole heartedly support BBFT(I've been participating for years now) and, in general, endurance mtn biking in the NW. I'm also willing to pay $2-$3 dollars for a "handling fee" in order to cover administrative costs. But an $8 "handling fee" is a bit egregious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scocke
    Cog Wild, Is there a "snail mail" option for registering? I whole heartedly support BBFT(I've been participating for years now) and, in general, endurance mtn biking in the NW. I'm also willing to pay $2-$3 dollars for a "handling fee" in order to cover administrative costs. But an $8 "handling fee" is a bit egregious.

    Egregious or not we are stepping up the event yet again for the 15th straight year. It must have been a blow to think you were saving $10 only to find out you'd have to spend an extra $8. I can see your point. However, this year three-day participants are getting dinner with beverages BOTH Friday and Saturday nights. We are also working on lodging incentives at Sunriver Resort, so in my view you are getting a better value.

    You could wait for on-site registration if you really hate Active that much. 'Course, it could be full by then. Your call.

    So what. It's about the ride. No Whiners. It's still the most single track for your buck.
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    Last I checked, the singletrack was free (or due to COTA) It's the rest of it we're paying for.

    I didn't do BBFT last year but heard complaints about the promoters attitudes and using "no whiners" as an excuse.

    Is snail mail registration really that hard? (and yes I've promoted events before)

    Quote Originally Posted by sans soucie
    Egregious or not we are stepping up the event yet again for the 15th straight year. It must have been a blow to think you were saving $10 only to find out you'd have to spend an extra $8. I can see your point. However, this year three-day participants are getting dinner with beverages BOTH Friday and Saturday nights. We are also working on lodging incentives at Sunriver Resort, so in my view you are getting a better value.

    You could wait for on-site registration if you really hate Active that much. 'Course, it could be full by then. Your call.

    So what. It's about the ride. No Whiners. It's still the most single track for your buck.

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    Thank You

    Just wanted to give some props to the BBFT staff for listening to our complaints regarding the handling fee imposed by Active.com. I went to the web-site today to register, fully prepared to pay the $8 fee (I got over it), but low and behlod, there is now an option to print a pdf of the registration form and mail it. Thanks guys, see you in Oct.

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    I hope you chopped down a tree in their honor to do that. Nothing like talking down to your customers in response to increase sales. Such a shame that it's a good fund raiser for worthy causes too. Just write a check (on paper) to COTA instead and go ride.

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    Why is listing to people asking for a mail in registration talking down to your customers? Don't understand your logic?
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    some one will always complain brotha ignore it and ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sans soucie
    It must have been a blow to think you were saving $10 only to find out you'd have to spend an extra $8.
    Ooooooooh, owww! Sharp tongue there.

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