Monday, 3 May 2010

If you can't win, then don't finish..

"It would be in the best interest of all if those competitirs who have very little chance of an overall or group prize retire at Strath Creek Hotel and do not congest the road up the mountain. Give your mates with a chance a fair go. "

This little piece is attached to the bottom of the blurb about this year's Preston Mountain Classic.

I am stunned to say the least. Why bother entering if you are discouraged from finishing because you may not win or place? If safety is the major reasoning, then the finish needs to be looked at, rather than suggesting that competitors GIVE UP before the final climb of the race. Don't punish the competitors, who have paid to race (and finish) for a course that can't cope with a more than a few people crossing the finish line together. The ridiculous aspect to this is that the finish is at the top of a decent climb. A climb that in itself, strings out any bunches and negates a mass sprint finish at the top of the climb.

7 comments:

GPLama said...

Stunned. While they're trying to "do the right thing" this also has repercussions.

EVERY rider has the right to compete for a place, a personal best, or to FINISH.

Lawrence said...

Why would you even bother parting with your $40 in the first place???

I wonder if they'll have a marshall suggesting to those who are ride by further back than 5th in each group that they don't continue? I know what I'd be doing. Pedalling!

There are other ways to "do the right thing".

GPLama said...

...and what are "competitirs". Someone who makes a tit out of themselves for not finishing? Yeah a cheap shot, but I'm "desperatley" looking for answers on this one... oh did it again......

;)

Lawrence said...

LOL you had me double checking for spelling errors. I am a shocker when it comes to "definately". See...

Katherine Stump said...

Wow. If we all quit a race or didn't enter a race because we didn't think we could win, no one would ever get to the point where they could win.

I hear this coming from some hard-core runners. They don't like to see "their" races full of weekend warriors and joggers. But if "their" races were only full of people who could run sub 3-hour marathons, those races wouldn't make enough money to be sustainable and eventually "their" races would go broke and go away.

Lawrence said...

Hi Katherine.

Thanks for your comment and for dropping by.

And, yep, you got it! Totally. That's what makes sport what it is - diversity in abilities, capacities, reasonings and movitations. If it were all elite, then the sport would not be sustainable without external funding, for example. It's not rocket science!

Groover said...

Imagine to enter the Tour of Bright but be asked to stop in Harrietville if you don't get into the top three on the top of Hotham. So, are entries for this race effectively limited to three? Sounds like a sensible suggestion for safety reasons but silly in the practical application.