I guess this mirrors the reduction in numbers for 24h events such as the Worlds 24 hour championship being cancelled a couple years ago.
The 2011 Worlds didn't happen because 24HOA made a complete pig's breakfast of it, nothing to do with numbers. The 2012 Worls in Italy was organised by WEBMO and was an excellent event, and I think that took a lot of entries away from 24HOA's race causing that to be cancelled. WEMBO are staging the World's again this year (12/13 Oct) in Oz, truely amazing place if anyone is up for it? Got my entry in and flights booked
Anyway, Kieler. (I had got my entry in by the way) Yes, a real shame, I really liked that race, despite 2011 giving me the only DNF I've ever had. It's a shame the Worlds clashes with the Tour of Ben Nevis, that's another great single-lap race a couple of weeks later, about half as long though.
Have SIP themselves got problems? Exposure not happening next year and now this? At least Whinlater went ahead eventually. I thnk the weather has a lot to answer for too, 2011 put a lot of people off.
Anyone doing the Manx 100 at the end of July? Probably the nearest euqivelant in the UK (well, Britsh Isles, is IOM in the UK?)