trailgumby wrote:I'm not sure what to think of this. It certainly hasn't endeared Pedal Power to me. It misrepresents the situation SPE found itself in - they would clearly have preferred the first two options, and re-running it was a distant last.
SPE's main concern was to avoid conflicting with other mountain bike events in order to keep their customers happy and avoid having to answer to Fair Trading despite making it clear in the terms and conditions that reruns and refunds were not available if the event were washed out. They will be very likely to make a loss, so I'm not sure how John Armstrong can say with a straight face "that they have put their profits ahead of our fund-raising."
I doubt there would have been much impact on Fitz's Challenge, which is a road event. If mtb events had to "consult" and fit around road events, there'd be very few weekends left in the calendar.
It seems PP were left with no other choice but to change the date of risk potentially losing a lot of money. I'm sure there are a lot of people who ride MTBs and roadies and do both events.
As for SPE, you can't just put a disclaimer in small print saying if event is cancelled then bad luck no refund, there are consumer laws that say different, as they have found out when someone called them out on it. Fair enough though that you couldn't expect them to change the date again.
I still fail to see how SPE would lose money. They don't have to pay police, TAMS or marshalls like a road race would need to do. They say they didn't pay insurance because it was too dear. The track I believe is private property (?) so they may have had to pay the owner something, not sure if they would be required to pay seeing how the event was cancelled and the track wasn't used. How many entrants were there? How much was the entry fee?
I would of thought PP might have checked on ATB and tried not to schedule a clash but there may well be other events (even non-cycling) on around that time so this may of been the only suitable time.