Monday, March 28, 2011


The energy being expended today on the events that transpired over the weekend in St. George should be directed elsewhere. I may be Tilting Windmills, but seriously folks. It is just a bike race, and circumstances led the organization to shut it down to protect the racers, the trails and themselves.

I understand your frustration, but a public lashing out is, to me, childish. Everything happened quickly and I know that they did the best they could given the circumstances.

Everyone who expects perfection needs to look in the mirror.

PERSPECTIVE. My friend Jen would have loved to race, finishing or not. Garrett Smith's family would prefer he was still enjoying the mountains. The people of Japan would love to be able to have some fun. Soldiers in the far corners of the world, would love the opportunity to ride, free from worry.

Yet we complain about an arbitrary race placing on some website that only a few will ever read, for some sense of self satisfaction.

The journey is more important than the destination, in my opinion.



JZ said...

Oh no you didn't!

JZ said...

That being said, this should be a good lesson for any organizer, have a game plan for all reasonable worst case scenarios, such as a lot of rain (I obviously don't know whether GRO had such a plan, but if they did their plan needs to be revised).

Live and learn. You will never please everyone when things don't go as planned.

StupidBike said...

They did have a plan, but things got worse as the weather continued and they focussed on safety. And for some reason, that makes people mad.


rabidrunner said...

Well... I have no clue what you're talking about, so please provide me with a juicy web site so as I can come back here and provide my perspective.

Team Rico said...

Best post EVER...I feel bad for the trails..they dont bounce back very fast down there

ER Dog said...

I hear you. I think your saying, "Grow up and get a life!"

Bart G said...

Perspective should not be brought into this, otherwise none of us could justify riding around in circles why people suffer all over the world.

I agree with you Bob but I also think everyone should be able to voice opinion. Racers are passionate, that's why you love them. If no one voiced passionate opinion events would never improve. The greatest events in the world have been through the refiners fire. Promoters can't take it personal, welcome and embrace the feedback, positive and negative.

If you are charging a fee, you should expect opinion and use it to your advantge.

I was not at the race (would have loved to rage in the mud) but am sure the promoters would do things differnt next time around. I also hope every racer there would do something a little differnt. No such thing as a perfect race. Improving is not easy, get ready...

love ya

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