Due to a registration snafu last Friday (February 19) on Active.com and the subsequent backlash from it, the organizers of the Downieville Classic have decided to postpone registration indefinitely. Initially reported right here in the Mtbr.com forums ( http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=594145 ) several racers and participants discovered that the registration process was prompting them for a “passcode”. Problem was, no one knew what the passcode was!
So began the frustration, anger, and disappointment of many. Much of this contained in the Mtbr forum discussion.
Primary amongst the complaints and rumors were the existence of the password for a “bro-pass”.
The organizers of the race have stated that the prompt for the passcode was completely in error, thus the issuing of full refunds and the scheduling of a re-do. Originally scheduled for the following Friday (February 26), the entire registration and indeed, the entire race, has now been put on hold.
The reason? It appears that the main organizer, Greg Williams, has been disheartened by all the negative comments and backlash from the registration problem.
From the Downieville Classic website, Williams states:
“This little hick-up with registration has taught me a lesson, and one that I will unfortunately carry with me for a long time. It seems like every year there’s something that makes me say “this is the last year”, and for the most part these thoughts of throwing my hands up and quitting have come from acts of either mother nature or the federal government, but never from the people I cared about and considered my mountain bike family.
In regards to registration for the Downieville Classic: a mountain bike race, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, that causes its people to act without affection towards one another. We’re all going to take a break. This mishap with registration was perhaps that proverbial tap on the shoulder from an old friend that says “spend some time with your family. Love your wife. Look after your children. Take care of yourself.”
“I know I originally said registration would open on Friday February 26th, however after a weekend of being bombarded with negative emails and undermining phone calls, I’m taking a break; therefore, registration is now on hold for the Downieville Classic, until further notice. “
Williams closes with:
“A word of advise: Don’t be so quick to judge and tear one another down. Empower your friends by setting the example. Show some love and support. If it can’t exist at a bicycle race, than we are all f_cked respectfully.”
So, the future of the All Mountain World Championships, the River Jump World Championships, and the Pixie-Cross World Championships remains in limbo.
The original date of the race is July 9-11 in Downieville, CA.
Mike Ferrentino (of Santa Cruz Bicycles, presenting sponsor of the Downieville Classic) has this to say about the Fustercluck.
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How are you affected by this? What is the best solution now?