Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/21/2016 6:14 AM

Concerning the rule quoted above, He did not arrive 3 minutes before his start time and he was allowed to start because his start did not interfere with the riders starting on schedule. The finish official was upset for some reason other than a rule violation....more

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/20/2016 4:08 AM

Is that official your daddy or something? Your ass is way too red over it. Stay classy.

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/20/2016 4:06 AM

This is the same guy that threatened to pull my license in Angelfire because I (along with all the other junior pros) didn't know that a $250 UCI license was required to race Pro GRT's. If they would've told me in advance or enforced it in the first race of the...more

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/20/2016 4:05 AM

High five to the real winner! He was fastest down the hill. Simple as that. Nice run dude!

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/20/2016 4:05 AM

Did usac ever state what rule was broken to justify the dq?
That is no way for an official to treat a paying customer. Very poor example for usa cycling. I am glad they really are out of mtb racing on the east coast.

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/19/2016 4:50 PM

He was probably late because the line to the porta-potty he was in was longer than expected. You know, since you can't just piss in the woods without getting fined.

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/19/2016 4:48 PM

I would expect a warning or reprimand from someone at the start hut. If there was a problem, they apparently got over it and let him take his run. Why does the guy at the bottom have to nearly come unglued? You put up good money to race at National Champs and...more

Liked a comment on the item USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/19/2016 4:46 PM

BIZUTCH I don't care how old my son is I will have his back or anyone elses back when they are screwed over. Sorry if you don't like the fact I'm a MOM and post on mtb sites. Last time I checked I have EVERY RIGHT to post here as you do! Trust me my son can...more

Added a comment about video USAC Marshal Meltdown - You Screw Up Everything! 7/19/2016 8:35 AM

It does strike me that there is a relationship between them. I can't imagine he's talking to a complete stranger? Nonetheless. It was a great run and very disappointing he was DQ'd for something that was in some ways beyond his control. He was as the start on time, whether the rules state that he was meant to be there significantly before his start time is a different matter. Yelling is of course unnecessary. I know a lot of these folks are volunteers and even if they're paid I doubt the officials are getting rich. But the USAC seems to be taking advantage at these events to charge exorbitant fees. They wanted $125 or more last year for me to add on short track to my xc race, and that was just too much to justify; nationals or not.
USAC officials and volunteers run a race at MD called the Greenbrier Challenge, and it's one of the best organized races I've ever seen. They even payout in CAT 1 XC giving virtually all profit back to the racers. So, i know USAC people can do it right! USAC controls Road, TT, Track, Cyclocross, and BMX, but in MTB promoters have been not only running their own races but advertising the fact that they aren't affiliated with USAC. It's really a sad state of affairs that culminated a couple years ago with Cannondale pulling all their riders to take them to the 'unsanctioned' Whiskey 50, and when Jeremiah Bishop was passed over for the US Team in favor of someone who hadn't finished a single USAC tour event that year! I understand relations have much improved since then and it lead to some fantastic world cup qualifying xc events in the early season. Things should continue to move forward. But it also means USAC has to continue up their game in support of their own MTB community. They are still the only way for our riders to get to the world stage.

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Added a comment about video Never Get Muddy Again? Who's Going to Try NeverWet on their MTB? 7/12/2013 9:40 AM

any longer term feedback on this yet? (well couple weeks)

I've been seeing this and similar products for over a year and it looks interesting, though I can imagine it will not be perfect. But pretty cool it's now been picked up by a big company and available on the retail market nationally. It'd be great perhaps to see see this one day built into the manufacture of bikes and parts themselves.

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Added a comment about news blog NORBA (Still) Hates You, So Do USAC and UCI 1/2/2013 8:41 AM

The USAC/UCI should change this rule immediately. I've mentioned this to pro riders before and they had no idea about it. A top XC rider told me he specifically has not applied for a pro license because of this rule. It's ridiculous, especially for marathon events as the UCAC only has sanctioned 5 events for 2013! And not a single one of them them is located east of the Mississippi! Not only that, but I've heard that the USAC will consider 'other' events when you apply for a pro licence as a marathon mountain biker. It makes no sense at all, and one of the reasons I won't be applying for a pro license this year either.

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