I’m sure there are dozens if not hundreds of people disappointed at being locked out of Hillsboro-Roubaix, and many women are upset at the shorter women’s fields, but I’m extremely sympathic to the organizers for doing so much with limited resources. They’re doing the best they can to make sure what has become one of our most popular races runs smoothly and safely, and somehow they do it with admirable good humor and patience.
Rich Pierce this morning posted the following over at STLBiking, and a low-res flier is now up at Hillsbororoubaix.com.
All, I appreciate your patience and trust. Work has been very stressful this year and I have not been as organized as I like.
Why fewer fields or less miles or both?
We are trying very hard to appreciate the dangers present in road racing after a young lady was killed in a race in Illinois last year. She placed 6th at Hillsboro last year. So in the interests of safety, order, and scoring, we are reducing the numbers of fields and some distances so we can manage the race as well as it can be done.
Oops on the flyer not being published yet
I did intend to have the flyer out before pre-registration opened. But there were 2 old guys involved, me and Dave Ploch who runs http://www.2wheeltech.com We bo.th sometimes find ourselves down in the basement of our homes, wondering, “Now what did I come down here for?” So we had a miscommunication and pre-registration opened before I intended and before the flyer got out. Old guys.
No waiting lists, sorry
We don’t keep and manage a waiting list. The logistics are very difficult. It takes a lot of time to manage all the communication, who is in, who is out, and we don’t have the personnel to do it. We all work regular jobs and in a guy’s mid-50’s, losing that job is not good.
On race day, we don’t know that “no shows” are “no shows” until registration closes. Once it’s closed, we can’t open it up- there are 100 emergency details that have to run like clockwork as we wind down to start time.
I don’t get to race the race either
If you are disappointed that you won’t be able to race, I know how you feel. It’s “my” race (actually my team’s race and a few other guys helped me plan the course) and I’ve never been able to race it, because I manage it. My team says they will arrange it so I can race, but I’d be so stressed and exhausted by the time it begins, I’d have nothing, nada, and get shelled. At least I’d have an excuse, though! I’d love to feel how it is on some of those downhill chicanes, in the pack.
Thanks for your support for the Hillsboro race and I hope we or another team is able to put the race on again next year.