Sunday, 16 March 2014

Over capacity issue at the first event

Ladies - I'm so sorry that 7 women didn't make the "cut" for the first event in the SEWTTS series. I chose the series events very carefully looking for those that I thought had the capacity to accommodate our needs. I obviously spoke to the organisers of these mixed events too to explain that there would be a large influx of ladies as a result of the SEWTTS series so were they happy for me to put it on the calendar.

In terms of dull facts and figures, I searched the latest available records on the CTT website to see how many people finished each event in the series before deciding to put them in. (Not all year's results get posted on the CTT website though and some only show the finishers not the DNSers - these results show the latest available records).

Running through each of the events:-

Event 1) 50 riders entered, 12 DNSed. 38 finished
Event 2) 37 finishers
Event 3) 58 finishers
Event 4) 30 finishers
Event 5) This has a separate women's event so we are not competing for places with men
Event 6) Separate women's event
Event 7) Separate women's event
Event 8) The organiser agreed to give us a 50% allocation
Event 9) 23 finishers
Event 10) First come, first served rules apply
Event 11) Separate women's event
Event 12) 28 finishers

It is therefore unfortunate that our first event filled up this year. It was also hard for me to plan a contingency as, as of Thursday 6th March (just a few days before closing) there were 36 men entered and 33 women. It really didn't look like this event was going to reach its 120 field capacity. I wonder whether lots of men entered at the last minute because they heard a lot of youthful women were going to be riding!!!!

I can't promise the same thing won't happen again, but if it does I hope we will know well before the event closes enabling a category of riders to be diverted to an alternative event. The beauty of SEWTTS is that it's a series based on inter category competition so if the worse comes to the worst, the novices, say, could ride another event on the same day - either an open or club event.

As I say, had I known before Tuesday that the event would go from 57.5% capacity to 125% capacity in 5 days we could have done something about it. In this particular instance we couldn't. However that said, I'm very optimistic that all 7 reserves will get a ride.

The gods have not be kind to us in this particular instance. I've therefore put in a little request to them that you all have good weather and fast times next week to make up for it.

I look forward to meeting lots of you next Sunday.