this is an interesting take. i say that b/c the die hard racers seem upset that the course was designed around the 'middle' pack riders...with thousands of riders i guess you can't satisfy everyone.Ricksom said:Has the 24 Hour race format ever changed in the last 10 years. There was a time when laps were about 25km, and there were many technical and physical obstacles to survive without hurting yourself or burning out. It was 24 Hours of Adventure and Survival, and every lap was a test. Now it is 24 Hours of Time Trialing......It is clear that this race is now geared to die hard racers and solo challengers, or recreational riders with many party friends and too much spare time on their hands. For those of us that are skillful and experienced endurance riders, one notch slower than O-Cup racers because of limited spare time, we feel lost and out of place. This will probably be my last 24 Hour race.
i never minded the olde 20-25k courses either but the change has no effect on my down tyme - they just meant less laps with longer saddle tymes...actual ride tyme in 24hr races is still a product of # of laps x lap tyme. come to think of it i would spend much of those longer courses yawning during the boring 'filler' flats...glad there werent many this course.
it is a shame you won't be coming back, but i think the course shouldn't be the deciding factor for an event of this length.
and remember, both schools of thought towards 24hr races existed in southern ontario (together) once. only one survived, so maybe evolution is part of the sport.