Considering the top four places are from Africa, I don't think anyone is too worried about their ability to run well in Uganda.
Smartwool wrote:Library of knowledge wrote:
[quote]Jefe in the CO wrote:
Cue a tender footed Californian who will complain about the conditions in 3, 2...oops too late:
Whose bright idea was to have it out there to begin with? It's not as if Oregon is known for having mild winters? Maybe this meet would be fine for xc skiers or snowshoers, but how can this meet determine a fair competition? And then they also have age group races where old timers are risking breaking a limb, twisting a knee or two on a course that is slanted and now ice covered.
Not really a true test.
This surface is not relevant to any major x-country race run in the world including world champs. The Bend guys put in a good bid and won.
We might be better served to look at what the world champs course is and have bids tailored to a real race simulation.
Both statements are bang on.
World XC Championship location should determine US XC Championships location.
This years world XC championships are in Africa. Having the U.S. Championships in snow and at altitude makes no sense. Who ever made the choice to hold this event in Bend Oregon is a fool. Nothing against Bend organizers or Bend Oregon. Everything against the fool/s who chose the venue.
Good luck to our imported men's team USA.