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5 minutes ago, DieselnDust said:

Yeah sarcasm font not present. We need to be careful with how we categorising risks. Every year we ride tradouws with a damp surface. It’s a known risk on the course. If we consider all risks as grounds for cancellation then we would not have bicycle races. That’s all I intended to convey with my one liner.

that would be the extreme outcome of the current trend toward managing risk through cancellation. Other options need to be considered and planned 

organisers will always err on the side of caution. Old Mutual will be loathe to see a headline that reads 'cyclist dies in dangerous conditions during Old Mutual Double Century'

So until I've been in the position to be gambling with the lives of others, I'm going to respect their decision.

How an organiser assesses risk can be murky and frankly, I wouldn't have the stomach for it.

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47 minutes ago, DieselnDust said:

Yeah sarcasm font not present. We need to be careful with how we categorising risks. Every year we ride tradouws with a damp surface. It’s a known risk on the course. If we consider all risks as grounds for cancellation then we would not have bicycle races. That’s all I intended to convey with my one liner.

that would be the extreme outcome of the current trend toward managing risk through cancellation. Other options need to be considered and planned 

Ek verstaan.
All I know is that no event organiser want to cancel after tons of operational planning and implementation, a full subscription and an opportunity to show off brand  and sponsorship power. 

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4 hours ago, Pure Savage said:

Personally, I would not have started event if I was the organizers. You cannot guarantee the safety of all participants. 

The N2 in the rain and the dark alone would have been where I called it. 

We rolled out and did the whole route at 7;30, 15minutes earlier than our start. When those big trucks pass you and the spray engulfs everyone, its no joke. 

Even if they delayed the start to 7:30, you would have the issue of the last teams being on the route in the late afternoon. 

If they had changed the route that would have probably upset us more, dont want to go trundle 160km in Swellendam, want to go clock up 202km. 

Still had an amazing weekend, did 202km, 5:14 but finished with 9 riders.

Now its the sadness after cycling Xmas...

 

Cool classic look on that newest edition team jersey. Love it. 🤩

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6 hours ago, DJR said:

And a few years ago day 2 of the W2W got cancelled because of extreme cold, snow (yes, in early November) and rain. The main concern was riders getting hypothermia, that some single track was near impassable to medics on quadbikes and that the rescue helicopters would not be able to fly in the low cloud covering the higher parts of the course.  

That happens when there are too many snowflakes in a race..... bit of a chill did not stop the 2014 To Hell and Back, also in November 😜

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