Wednesday, September 14, 2011

No Offical Kokopelli Trail Race

Several people have asked me why I've decided not to continue my efforts to establish a legal Kokopelli Trail Race. While I originally stated that I didn’t want to discuss this issue publicly, people keep asking--and it appears that there are some misconceptions out there that need to be cleared up.

In a nutshell, I have decided that I don’t want to be in a position where I have to enforce or argue racing rules. I concluded this after the 2011 Colorado Trail Race, when it became apparent that a small (but significantly vocal) minority of racers simply do not share my respect for land-use regulations or racing rules. By organized an official race, I would be exposed to the legal liability of these people’s behavior, not to mention their vitriol and attacks should I need to make a call not to their liking. Since I like riding substantially more than fighting over rules and ethics, I have chosen to focus on what I love--which is time pushing my pedals, not time spent arguing on web forums.

Resurrecting the KTR undoubtedly would have been fun and rewarding. But at this point, I’m a lot happier being just a guy on a bike. If someone else feels like breathing life back into the KTR, you have my blessing!

Happy trails,

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