PH wrote: But in much the same way as member groups don't attract the numbers road clubs do, the rally won't attract as many as events catering for the fashionable end of cycling.
Exactly, so what?
Would you like to actually read my posts and tell me what it is you disagree with?
I've made no criticism of anything, neither have I made a claim any one thing being better than another.
I've simply given my opinion that some sorts of cycling events appeal to a wider group of participants than others and my belief that this will remain the case regardless of the amount of publicity. It was also in part disagreeing with the implication this was somehow the fault of national office. You seem to have taken great offence at me saying one event has more appeal than another, first deriding it, then questioning the numbers, followed by criticising those who drove there. None of which has any bearing on what I said.
The new Rally is great, but look at the market, you could start with the average age! It's not a criticism, I'm within that demographic, but you're mistaken if you think it'll ever appeal to the crowds that went to Eroica the weekend before. Or compare it to Mildenhall, which is centered around cycling as sport and that is where the new popularity of cycling is, however many talks CJ gives to the converted.