an EXPENSIVE hobby
'It's an expensive hobby' - someone said about this sport. 'SouthWest' inaugural edition is nonprofit and no-fee registration. Anyway, there are mandatory costs to the participants. Our aim is to ensure the necessary safety conditions and a certain level of organization:
(1) Tracker | For safety purposes and recreation of the community. The live tracking allows organization, family, friends & dotwatchers to follow riders's progression in real time. Trackers also have an emergency button, sending instantly an alert message to the organization. The tracker is also mandatory for both riders in the duo category (one duo, two trackers). Payment will be available a few hours after you submit your registration and successful payment for the tracking service will serve as final confirmation of registration in the event. There are two options:
(1a) TRACKER RENTAL | 48,40€ + 50€ cash deposit (delivery at accreditation and return to rider when the participation in 'SouthWest' is ended) or;
(1b) Mapping integration of OWN TRACKER | 36,30€. NOTE: A GPS cycling computer (e.g. Garmin Edge, Wahoo, Bryton devices, etc) isn't a race tracker. The integration service is only available for Garmin InReach and SPOT Gen3 or Gen4.
(2) Briefing-Dinner | The community meets in Coimbra. Accreditation (presence confirmation, delivery of the tracker & race CAP to the riders). Organization talk on the spirit of the event and reminders about the rules and route. 30€ maximum (we are searching for the best spot in town). Pasta dinner with a vegan option. Payment at the restaurant during the briefing session.
(3) Race CAP | Following the tradition of adventure-cycling and self-supported ultracycling events (instead of medals or trophies). The CAP works also as the rider identification by 'racer' number. 15€. Payment at the accreditation and before the briefing-dinner session.
A valid personal insurance during the event is mandatory. For Portuguese riders we recommend Federação Portuguesa de Ciclismo 'individual' insurance/registration (from 33€ and valid for one year).
You should also be aware of all direct and indirect expenses, such as transport to the departure and from the finish point, food (some say long-distance cycling is also an eating contest), accommodation (if you are not okay about in sleep or take a nap outdoors), gear, mechanics, etc.
From a marketeer's perspective, it's certainly not a good strategy to write about expenses in the registration page. Transparency and honesty are gold values for us and managing expectations is crucial. Anyways, we are working on partnerships and we will provide information about quality & economic options along the adventure, from (before) the start to (after) the finish. You can also see 'SouthWest' from an alternative perspective: this will be a lifetime experience and with mental health benefits for years. Happy rider, happy organizer.
See you in Coimbra