That News Release I mentioned the other day is now up on the Council site - here - along with further developments from just yesterday; now also on-line here ...
... rumour has it, that the official web-site for this event is struggling to cope with demand ;-)
Seriously, here is what it says under the "2009 Ride Registration" section (just in case it magically disappears):
"2009 REGISTRATION FORM
All riders are required to pre register in order to participate in the event.
Due to high demand, we are experiencing some technical issues which we hope to have rectified as soon as possible and ask that you visit the site again soon."
The Really Bad Blog has a lot to answer for :-))