> *****Tons of Boycott Dialog Snipped******
> > John, you have totally missed the point. Without age groupers both St.
> > Anthony's, you and Z are out of business. Should St. anthonys decide on
> > another approach to raising money I'm sure there are many race
> > directors including yourself who would fill the vacuum and promote an
> > equally outstanding race particularly if you could get Ironman slots.
> > You people need to wake up. By tacitly allowing drafting you are
> > alienating over 90 percent of the triathlon community that oppose it and
> > oppose it vemently.
> > Simple math will tell you the risk you're taking.
> I wonder about that. Look, guys, don't get caught up in believing that
> the storm of protest here on RST translates into an equivalent passion in
> the tri-community at large. Not that the majority of triathletes support
> drafting---we've seen from various surveys the past couple of years that
> that is definitely NOT the case. I'm talking about a question of
> The average triathlete who is not an RSTer will probably be only vaguely
> aware (if at all) that drafting will be permitted in the Pro ranks at St.
> Anthony's. If s/he IS aware of that fact, s/he will probably just think,
> "Oh, well, that's for the pros only, so it doesn't affect me." It
> wouldn't even occur to Joe Triathlete to stay away from the race in
> protest; why change his race schedule? He just wants to go and do his own
> race---who cares what the pros do?
> What I'm saying is that Joe Triathlete is probably completely unaware of
> the significance of this little change in the Pro format. He is probably
> only dimly aware of the politics going on in the sport around the drafting
> issue, and if he is, he probably figures it's not something in which he
> has any say. It's beyond him.
> The point is, there are probably 9 or 10 such uninformed Joe Triathletes
> out there for every passionate and informed RSTer who has been in on all
> this discussion of the drafting at St. Anthony's thing. That's enough Joe
> Triathletes that the force of an RST-based boycott might not be quite as
> significant as you believe it will.
> Don't misunderstand; I am not trying to discourage you from boycotting! I
> support those of you who are making a conscious choice to avoid the race
> in protest. I'm merely cautioning you not to have an inflated sense of
> RST's clout in the matter. If every triathlete in the US could be privvy
> to the discussions we've seen this past week, that would be another
> matter! If such were the case, I believe a boycott of epic proportions
> would ensue, and there would be little question of the outcome.
> Still ambivalent; I trust Charlie, Rick, Steve, and Karen, and understand
> the tight spot everyone is in. It truly is an unholy mess!
> "'Be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wise crack."
> "Y'know, I tried that once, but it didn't snap back into place."
> ---Katharine Hepburn & Eve Arden in "Stage Door" (1937)
Tric, I don't disagree that the majority of trigeeks are unaware of the
St. Anthony's controversy. Additionally, I agree that RST does not
represent the triathlon community. However, it is a forum that gets
attention from the triathlon hierarcy. Steve, Rick, et al check RST to
gauge the pulse of the community and to gauge the reactions to their
policy. Have you ever gotten a response from USAT to one of your posts?
I'm sure you have as I and many others have.
So far as the passion in the triathlon community is concerned regarding
drafting, its there! How often have you listened to the grousing at a
race about packs being formed or the race director is ambivilent to
drafting or will not spend the bucks to enforce the "rule". With USAT
now ignoring drafting rules how will Joe Triathlete react in the future?
Will the attitude be, if its o.k. with USAT and the pros, its o.k. with
me to suck a wheel?
So far as trusting the decisions of Steve, Rick etc., I think most of us
do. We may not agree at times and like all red ***ed humanoids we have
an opinion of those decisions. But USAT has in the past taken up self
serving positions and in this case it certainly is a self serving
position coming from a pro committee made up ostensible of pros against
Yep, I'm not going to St. Anthony's although its in my back yard and one
of my favorite races. And, as soon as they get their E-Mail address up
I'll tell them why and I would hope the rest of RST would do the same.