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smitters




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: VLM 2019 Reply with quote

The ballot is open.

Cue another year of waiting, then reading a disappointing magazine.

Bad luck to you all. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, filled it in knowing full well I have knack all chance.

Someone I know entered it twice and got in twice, also entered the ride London ballot and got into that 1st time.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwaters wrote:

Someone I know entered it twice and got in twice, also entered the ride London ballot and got into that 1st time.


They should definitely be playing the lottery!! Very Happy

My friend had 4 rejections when they stopped the 5 and you're in rule and has entered every year since...nothing!

I wonder if it is truly random or they take location/occupation/?? into consideration.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best way into the Ride London is to apply as an overseas entrant from an overseas address. It costs a little more and your address needs to be verifiable using a foreign credit card but I've got in the last two times I applied, and everyone I know here has also.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwaters wrote:
Yep, filled it in knowing full well I have knack all chance.

Someone I know entered it twice and got in twice, also entered the ride London ballot and got into that 1st time.


I've got a 100% record on the London Marathon ballot (2002 and 2009) Cool . Both times I only entered because Mrs W had decided that she was going to enter and it would be "nice" to do it together. Predictably, both times I got in and she didn't, but that was OK because she'd gone off the idea by then anyway Rolling Eyes

My RideLondon record isn't so good - I got in last year after 4 consecutive rejections (although I rode it 3 times via the BC club scheme)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If only there were other marathons Rolling Eyes .
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doonhamer wrote:
If only there were other marathons Rolling Eyes .



but but but this is THE marathon. all the others pale into insignificance. possibly. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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but but but this is THE marathon. all the others pale into insignificance. possibly. Wink


I've done 5x and 3x of them have been London. I still want to go back to London again....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Threw my hat in the ring Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got in first try in 2013!

Entered every year since and nothing Laughing

I have tried again but it's pretty long odds. You have to be in it to win it as they say.

I Noticed there is a 1000 Extra places for those who donate their entry fee. I wonder what the odds are of this is? As I how many people think 35+ is worth a hoody for a race they aren't doing?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatPom wrote:
Threw my hat in the ring Cool

Ditto. I hate tarmac marathons but I guess London has to be done at some point. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
I Noticed there is a 1000 Extra places for those who donate their entry fee. I wonder what the odds are of this is? As I how many people think 35+ is worth a hoody for a race they aren't doing?


Maybe I'm just a Londoner with money to burn, but I assumed that most people treated the entry fee as a sunk cost and donated the fee to charity if they didn't get in Rolling Eyes Wink

You see a hell of a lot of the RideLondon consolation tops out on the roads around London and Surrey.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
SGreg wrote:
I Noticed there is a 1000 Extra places for those who donate their entry fee. I wonder what the odds are of this is? As I how many people think 35+ is worth a hoody for a race they aren't doing?


Maybe I'm just a Londoner with money to burn, but I assumed that most people treated the entry fee as a sunk cost and donated the fee to charity if they didn't get in Rolling Eyes Wink

You see a hell of a lot of the RideLondon consolation tops out on the roads around London and Surrey.


I didn't pay anything today, did I do something wrong?

TBH, I didn't even know it was open, a couple of guys at work were entering and mentioned it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did 16 of them before I got fed up with the whole running thing but interestingly I have entered again for the last few years but haven't got in again.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatPom wrote:
Threw my hat in the ring Cool


that's odd...the last time i did London, I threw my ring into my hat...

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