First and foremost, I’d like to give a big congratulation to Laura Van Gilder for winning the Eastern PA Best Rider March Madness p/b the Frying Dutchman Donut Shop & School House Coffee competition! She’s a pure class act and I’m happy to see her have won. Thanks again to everyone who voted. I will announce winners of coffee & donut prizes soon…stay tuned.
Next up – racing this past weekend, or should I say lack thereof. Rich Ruoff and his Road Cycling League looked to kick of their season of redemption, as well as his Super Series, this past Sat with the Yellow Springs Road Race. Despite having a decent number of preregs, especially for March, the notice went out Thu evening shortly before prereg was to close:
Ruoff, Ruoff, Ruoff. Here we go again. There are several theories floating around as to why he cancelled
I went back and looked at the map I used last year in planning the course to see why I didn’t see it. On the map I used, townships are divided by color. Unfortunately two townships share a similar color and I’m color blind. I just did not notice it!
I still shake my head and laugh, no matter how many times I’ve read that. I’m sorry; it’s just a lame excuse. Even if that were the case, it’s poor planning on his part. As a promoter it is his responsibility to make sure that all permits are in place long before the race is scheduled to go off. And considering that Ruoff is fighting a difficult battle to regain the trust of local racers, he damn well should have had his I’s dotted and T’s crossed. But he dropped the ball, big time.
Or did he? Some people think that he shut it down because he didn’t have enough preregs. This is possible; we’ve seen it done many times in the past. But as one seasoned rider pointed out, in early season it’s difficult to prereg due to crazy weather changes. The forecast for the Sat was sunny and dry so undoubtedly more people would have registered day-off.
Another theory is that the permit thing *is* true, however he knew about it longer than he let on. Knowing that the race couldn’t go off, he still let prereg run its course and then notified people. This allowed him to lock in those racers already registered for his next race. An interesting theory for sure, but it’s also plausible.
We may never know the real story behind Yellow Sping, but this much is true – Ruoff did himself no favor by cancelling that race. Good luck with the rest of the season and your Super Series, just don’t be surprised if you don’t get the support you hoped for. Sad to say, but I think the win goes to Butterworth for that gran fondo he put on this past weekend; at least he didn’t cancel it.
You know what they say, Ruoff: fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…