We are such delicate flowers
This email is from the head official for the sea otter mtb event:
I want you to know that I am not ignoring you. I have requested that Timberline Timing review the finish results and make sure that all riders that were pulled are given finish results. All riders will be listed on the results.
As for the race; this was not an easy decision. The staff and officials are also there and a part of the event and we want to see the riders satisfied with the event. However we must also look at the safety of the riders and even though the weather did not get really bad, at the time the decision to shorten the race was made the weather was starting to get bad and all reports from weather radar were that we were in for a deluge.
This race is early in the season and we did not want to possibly subject the riders to possible injury and/or illness due to a prolonged period in the rain. We knew the racers would take longer that 4 hours to finish the race but we did not think it was wise to have riders out on the course for 5 to 6+ hours, which we would have had.
Looking back you are right, the weather did not deluge, but it did get cold and the rain did come, and even with the shortened time we had riders coming to the finish with the beginning signs of hypothermia. We as officials try to do the best that we can for all riders, we did not intentionally try to target the women and our decision affected more than just the racers. I stand by the decision and I hope you will try to look at it from the standpoint of the staff and officials. I know the Sea Otter Classic appreciates your participation and I personally appreciate your concern and comments.
Please let me know how else I can help.
I'm thinking someone had dinner reservations on Cannery Row that they did not want to miss.
Awww. We might get cold. Funny. I remember being sent out into a snowstorm at NORBA Nationals at Big Bear. I'm certain if this were real coffee I was drinking right now I could think of plenty more examples where we were treated like mountain bikers with common sense. And there should be safety measures built in for those few who might lack that sense instead of penalizing the entire crowd.
Still no response from Sea Otter.....