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.