To all 3FC18 riders, I just read through the 147 pages of "comments" that were handed in at the end of the Finish Banquet by the riding participants, and it turns out we had a very high rating this year, compared to some more recent years of this event.
Let me address a couple specific things:
To the 3 riders that commented that there was no COFFEE at the Checkpoints, I can assure you that every Checkpoint had COFFEE there, present and accounted for, as I set up each Checkpoint myself, and made sure COFFEE was available. It is unfortunate that those 3 riders were not able to find/see the coffee, but it was there.
A very few riders commented that there was NO soda, candy or cookies....at the Checkpoints.
They are correct, there was NO sodas, candies, or cookies at the Checkpoints. That was MY decision, and done by design. The food items at the Checkpoints this year were designed to be a healthier choice. As previously stated, the food at Checkpoints are NOT intended to be your daily food source, or supply you with a full restaurant meal, or all the junk foods found at any convenience store. They are a snack....and preferably a healthier snack....to offer you nutrition, a cold drink of WATER, or a hot cup of COFFEE, and we had Tea, Hot Chocolate, and even Soups.
To the 3 riders that felt like the Checkpoint in Great Falls (at Big Sky H-D) closed too early on Sunday....closed at 6:00 pm......that checkpoint was open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday...which is 11 hours. It also opened again on Monday morning at 7:00 am.
If a rider cannot make it to any Checkpoint in the "scheduled" time that the Checkpoint is open...that is on them, and not on the failure to keep the Checkpoint open just so that they can make it in 2 hours after the Checkpoint is scheduled to be closed.
221 riders registered for this event. The Checkpoint TIMES were posted months in advance. If only 3 riders complain that the Checkpoint in Great Falls was not open at the time they rolled into town on Sunday, it would appear that was on them, and not on the scheduling of the Open/Close times of the Checkpoints.
All riders need to be responsible for their own riding habits, the speeds that they ride, and the hours they put in the saddle each day.
Considering that employees of Big Sky H-D had to be there at 6:00 am...to open the dealership so that I and Tim (Cannonball) Wanamaker could OPEN the Checkpoint at 7:00 am, and those same employees had to stay there all day until 6:00 pm, when the Checkpoint closed, that made for a 12 hour day for them.
Frankly, I was at every Checkpoint hours before they opened......so what took these 3 riders so long ? 😀 😛 😮