|Stay the course! Onward through the fog!|
Mid-week I picked up this series to help explain a rule that affected the current Trans Iowa registration, but in this post, I will be lumping together two consecutive rules that preceded Rule #9, which I skipped up to. Both these rules are closely related. Here they are:
7: Competitors may, in the case of emergency, mechanical or other unforeseeable problems, be assisted by motorized transport. By accepting motorized transport you will automatically relinquish your standing in the race.
8: The primary race route must be followed at all times. No short cuts or alternate routes are permitted. If you do this, you are a retard and will be forced to help local farmers scoop poop!
Since Iowa is crisscrossed with a grid network of gravel roads, it might seem to be enticing to cut the course, or to leave the course for resupply in a nearby town and re-enter the course further down the route to save some time. It also must be noted that Trans Iowa volunteers are not scouring the course for folks short-cutting either, so a reminder in the rules to stay the course was deemed necessary. It also prompted Jeff to add his humorous admonishment to those who may fear scooping pig poop!
|CP#2 T.I.V9: (L-R) Robert Fry, Jeremy Fry, Corey "Cornbread" Godfrey, Jason Boucher.|
During the last ten Trans Iowa events, we've only had two known issues with the course being cut. One wasn't found out about right away, and resulted in a win for one of the two that were found out to have cut the course. (You can read about that here) That was mostly the fault of us as organizers, and in fact, so was the second instance of this, in T.IV7. That was the year we found a bridge out only 7 or so miles from the start and in the flurry of activity that followed to try to mark a re-route, something went haywire and riders went up a Level B road that they shouldn't have. Instead of backtracking that, several of the riders went down a paved road to access the course again.
In both instances there was forgiveness and a realization that we as organizers had things to learn. I, (and the past co-directors and volunteers), do not claim to have been perfect, and so we strove to learn from our mistakes and will continue to do so going forward. Sometimes the rules can even make us as event coordinators learn a thing or three!