What did you win?
I thought the $60 was added onto the $50?!glenzx said:.....BTW, still trying to figure out how 35+5+10=60... ain't it 50? Still a rip-off, but pre-reg is a good deal, IMO.
No - he wasn't complaining about the race being 4 hours away. He was complaining about the condescending attitude of the NORBA representatives, and their complete lack of appreciation for the fact that someone might have travelled a long way to get to the event. Seems to suggest that they think are more important than the people who turn up and make the event possible - the participants. No wonder MTB racing in the US is such an irrelevance to most MTBers.Iktome said:you're seriously complaining that a national event is 4 hours away? we have a great local series, but it's over 12 hours to the closest national event. the next closest is snowmass, and that's 18 hours. sure, the race management isn't perfect, but be glad it's there. in any event, i'm sure your winter park series or other low key races would allow you to get home earlier if that's most important.
Sorry, but unless you're saying you would have been happy to wait for 10 hours to pick up your trophy before a 12-18 hour journey, when the NORBA guys could have easily saved you the wait and mailed it to you, then you're off on a tangent. He wasn't blaming NORBA for making him travel 4 hours to a race!Iktome said:he complained about both -- "how about driving 4 hours..." -- i just don't think 4 hours is that big a deal.
no excuses for impolite promoters, but they still deserve a degree of patience from those of us demanding their services and (often volunteer) time.
scorcher seb said:Sorry, but unless you're saying you would have been happy to wait for 10 hours to pick up your trophy before a 12-18 hour journey, when the NORBA guys could have easily saved you the wait and mailed it to you, then you're off on a tangent. He wasn't blaming NORBA for making him travel 4 hours to a race![/QUOTE
It sounded like he was complaining about pretty much everything to me. in any event, i don't think we should expect NORBA to mail medals or awards to everyone.
but my first point still stands. he could live in kansas.
Great job! And good advice. When do we get the race report???OdaNelli said:Hey Lance,
Congratulations on your race. I too was there, and was fortunate enough to make the podium, and yes stood there in the cold to wait 2 hours before I could get my name and sponsors name said over the pa and the unlit stage... but can't say I'm complaining now.
You did a great job. It was interesting to see that Sport and Beginner classes were actually smaller than they were 4 weeks ago at the MSC Blast The Mass Race, but to make any podium at a Nationals event is a big deal.
As for your hotel, kinda surprised at your rate. Our room at the Wildwood was $69 a night and we booked late on Wednesday. The price of the race was a little steep in comparison to the $30 we usually pay for the MSC races, but it is a National event. I can also tell you, that almost all awards ceremonies seem to be long and drawn out. Even the MSC's seem longer than they need be, and they will not mail your award. In point of fact, Handlebar comes out on the web and says "...you must be present to receive your award..."
Being that you live in Parker, hope to see you maybe this weekend at the Eldo race on Sunday. If you'd like more info check out www.handlebarandgrill.com or www.warriorscycling.com. Looks like 2 laps on a 6.5 mile course on Eldo. Should be interesting. Probally not as hard as Snowmass, but fast and fun! WARNING-- If you make the podium, you might have to wait a while. The award is very similar to the Nationals awad, but a bit smaller.
Good luck, and have fun out there!
National Level races usually showcase Expert and higher level riders because that is where you get the most recognition for sponsorship and the most exposure to the top racers in the country/world. Also, these races are a great place for local series experts to match up on the national level. It could make the difference between making the upgrade to semi-pro/pro too early or refining your skills over another season and then actually being competitive in the pro classes. I think the Beginner/Sport riders can be intimidated by all the hype, but in all actuality, they are great races to go to.OdaNelli said:[Hey man, how r ya! Nationals was great. Basically the same course with a slight variation on the beginning and finish. I did manage to take off 4 minutes from my last race though. The only dissappointment was the fact that Sport and Beginner had less competitors than 4 weeks ago. Expert class on the other hand... that was P-A-C-K-E-D.
Good luck this weekend at your local series. Handlebar just put up a handwritten map of the course in Eldo. Looks like 6.5 miles/ 2 laps. Seems like it will be a quick one again like the Bear. catch ya later.