Why does it particularly bother if people are 'racing' or riding. If it doesn't spoil your enjoyment then why worry?
I woory because I have sat down with some of the people who if impacted by this type of event be writing very strong letter to the local council, NT and local landowners with every intent of using it as a case for reducing MTB access, they sit on the Local Access Forums and have long memories and bear grudges
and yes, I have seen what they send and the council responses
chipps - I work here
Perhaps my point is that there are scant few organisers in the UK organising 'proper' XC races. They go to the trouble of finding a venue (not that easy) where they can set up a decent course, marshal it and organise a race, with insurance, on a closed course. This lets riders go as balls-out as they want without worrying about ending up facing a horse bum round a corner.
I would love to compare the financials, paperwork, risk assessments, signage protocols etc for a "challenge" compared to a "mtb xc race" organised under BC rules
If it's easy to organise a bridleway-based 'race' and call it a challenge, with less expense and legal obligations, then what's the incentive for regular race organisers?
what are the incentives now?
The vast majority of sponsor money is going to the "challenges", they can use anywhere without paying landowners (or getting permission) and people are prepared to pay more to enter them. They gain large entries due to the "fun run/ challenge/ race" aspect where people choose how "competitive" or not they are. BC etc turn a blind eye as it is helping their "participation" figures. The reality is that it's a hostage to fortune which one day will go badly wrong