BikeSA wrote:We very much regret to announce that the 2011 Kona Mawson MTB Marathon has been cancelled.
The 2010 Kona Mawson MTB Marathon was a great success and we, along with the Flinders Ranges community and the many riders who experienced the inaugural event, had every expectation that the 2011 event would be bigger and better.
Despite working hard to secure the necessary financial support from business and government, the results have been very disappointing.
Added to this, the number of riders who have signed up for this unique adventure are not what we expected. While initial interest and registrations were very strong, over the last two weeks it has become clear that the usual late surge in bookings has failed to materialise.
For a community based organisation such as Bicycle SA the event is financially unsustainable and to delay this announcement any further would be unfair to everyone involved.
Thanks must go to the many people and community groups - too many to mention here - who have committed much to this special event. This has been a devastating decision for us and we feel the loss personally.
We understand that this decision will be a significant inconvenience to all riders and further that many of those travelling from interstate and overseas will be financially affected.
Bicycle SA will of course refund all registration fees in full. We will also ensure that all costs relating to any flight and accommodation charges specific to the event that are unable to be refunded or cancelled by the relevant provider will be reimbursed in full. For those who have taken travel insurance, we would ask that you make the appropriate claims through your insurer and advise us of any excess charges which will again be reimbursed.
We are telephoning all riders over coming days to personally discuss their circumstances.
Further queries can be directed to email@example.com.
Once again, our sincere apologies for this inconvenience.
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