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ThomDawson mattwragg's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 12:33
2 hours
David Lappartient Elected as UCI President
@cunning-linguist: I can see it now, an angry rabble clothed in flannel shirts brandishing chainsaws and literally slinging mud at the uci headquarters...beating an old bar and rim and chanting the lyrics to I'm Faster Than You. I've always wanted to visit Switzerland.
ThomDawson mattwragg's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 8:29
6 hours
David Lappartient Elected as UCI President
They ignore us, we ignore them...perhaps now is the time for us to strike. Mountain bike racing has so much potential that is stifled by the UCI's half arsed attitude towards it. We need to break free of the shackles and rise up brothers and sisters.
ThomDawson mattwragg's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 8:20
6 hours
David Lappartient Elected as UCI President
I once worked in Ski Dubai in another life. The Middle East is the most corrupt place I've ever had the misfortune of breathing air in. Can't for the life of me think why the UCI has taken a shine to the place :P
ThomDawson mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 23:57
14 hours
ThomDawson caldwellvisuals's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 12:38
1 days
Revvin' It at Revolution with Ratboy and Co - Video
These three guys have the best style to watch. Makes me feel sick but in a good way like when I've just eaten a big share bag of cadburys buttons.
Sep 19, 2017 at 7:17
2 days
ThomDawson TOMGRICE's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 7:08
2 days
Ard Moors Enduro: Raw Carnage - Video
@rifrafi: I did forget my wellies and take full responsibility for it, I only have myself to blame. I'm not however responsible for 1000 people who have paid me to provide them wellies. I never saw this 'onsite plumber' but the fix seemed to be to turn off water supplies to the campsite (bike wash and drinking water) and I still wasn't able to get clean. There were people washing in a swamp/ duck pond. Apparently there is a known problem with water pressure on site so there should have been measures in place. I was scouting the event as a possible opportunity to take my family next year, we all enjoy the outdoors and it'd have been great to bring my kids to see what racing bikes is all about. I'd heard what a family friendly event the Ard Rock was but after this weekend I won't risk bringing two small kids into that. Water is a basic amenity that should be available as a minimum and if you promise showers and a bike wash you should deliver them. It's that simple, I was sold something that was never delivered. Please don't get me confused with a guy who's afraid of mud. I ride bikes, I know that mud does exist and often even gets on you (the horror). My issue is with the campsite and I'd be pissed whether there was a race happening or not. But it's my understanding that the Ard events want to provide a festival like atmosphere and if that's the case then when the trails turn to shit they'd better make sure people can get clean, dry, warm, eat hot foot and otherwise have a good time. That's where I think they failed. But perhaps I'm just asking too much. It must have been a tough weekend for them and I do commend them for their efforts - we chatted to them as they frantically tried to find alternative transfer routes on Saturday night. But prevention is better than cure, prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Would they have needed the tractor if the infrastructure was properly planned for? I'm glad that some people had a blast and I hope the events continue to get bigger and better. I was just left disappointed this time and not just because of the weather.
ThomDawson TOMGRICE's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 2:34
2 days
Ard Moors Enduro: Raw Carnage - Video
@SteelCityMTBer: I would plan for the worst in the same way you had and the same should go for the event organiser. What's happened here is the equivalent of the organiser 'forgetting his wellies'. I actually think they did the very best they could with the trails and transfers, no amount of planning could have really helped there but the campsite situation wasn't managed as well as it should have been. When facilities are promised and paid for and not delivered then I would have complained where ever I'm staying. People tend to act like we owe the events organisers a favour, same as bike shops, even when they do a poor job. Without some feedback how can they improve?
ThomDawson TOMGRICE's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 0:24
3 days
Ard Moors Enduro: Raw Carnage - Video
I didn't hear anyone moaning at the marshalls or organisers for the weather. A lack of water and showers in the campsite and poorly planned infrastructure was a real issue though. I heard a lot of people with this attitude "it's the north York Moors, what do you expect, man up, grow a pair, you woman/ southern pansey" which, besides being innapropriate, is actually quite right - we should expect adverse weather. So why then did the organisers not plan for the worst? I had a disappointing weekend because of the weather, which wasn't helped by the PPP of this event. Fail to prepare...
ThomDawson TOMGRICE's article
Sep 18, 2017 at 10:33
Sep 18, 2017
Ard Moors Enduro: Raw Carnage - Video
@Jack-McLovin: no, no it isn't.
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