by Tom dB
June 15, 2010
The Kona Mash-Up at Glentress on 24th July 2010 has been cancelled due to timing chip problems.
Straight from the horse’s mouth…
As you probably know we had the first round of the Mash-Ups on Saturday at Afan.
Unfortunately things went badly wrong. The timing company changed the timing systems, from mats and chips, to beacons and helmet chips. The system we were told has worked at several of the UK’s biggest sportives this year. The problem (which the timing company are still trying to work out), meant that at least one of the sections didn’t pick up the riders coming through at all, we only found this out during the afternoon, hours after the start. Although many of the riders still had a great day, the timing was simply not to a satisfactory level.
We have had timing problems before, most of which had been ironed out at the last Winter round. Sadly it looks like we are back to the drawing board, and enough damage has been done to the event to really question if we can run another round at all. The riders understandably have lost confidence in the timing and therefore the event as a whole.
Looking at these difficulties we see ourselves forced to cancel the upcoming Scottish event at Glentress. With regards to the December round in Glyncorrwg we are currently looking at timing this event manually and will keep you updated on the progress.
Depending on how you entered the upcoming Glentress round the refund will either put back on your credit card or you will get a cheque in the post in the next few days.
We would like to apologize for the rather disappointing outcome and would like to thank everybody for their support.