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Downieville Classic: On Hold Until Further Notice

Registration error and then outpouring of negativity has race organizers rethinking approach to venerable California event.

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By Singletrack.com

After glitches for the Downieville Classic registration on Friday had race organizers saying they would “clean the slate” with a new sign-up on Feb. 26, the venerable California race is on hold until further notice.

An unsigned message on downievilleclassic.com, but apparently written by race director Wayne Hoffman, says that because of an error with the online registration at active.com on Feb. 19, and subsequently being “bombarded with negative emails and undermining phone calls, I’m taking a break; therefore, registration is now on hold for the Downieville Classic, until further notice.”

“Empower your friends by setting the example. Show some love and support. If it can’t exist at a bicycle race, than we are all f_cked…” www.downievilleclassic.com

During the initial registration at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19, hopeful racers were asked by active.com for a passcode, which very few people actually knew about. Because of that snafu, race organizers said refunds would be made to the lucky 800 people who were able to register for the slots — 200 for the coveted all-mountain race and 600 for the cross-country.

A new registration date — Feb. 26 — was set again for active.com. But because of the apparently nasty comments and generally negative vibe, the organizers have put things on hold.

“Don’t be so quick to judge and tear one another down,” the message on downievilleclassic.com said. “Empower your friends by setting the example. Show some love and support. If it can’t exist at a bicycle race, than we are all f_cked.

“We will continue to make preparations for the 2010 event. Stay tuned for when registration will reopen. Active.com has ensured us that the system will be working properly.

Again we apologize for the error, but as you all know, shit happens.
Thank you all for your continued support of this event.”

The race is set for July 9-11, with a portion of the proceeds and concession sales going to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.