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DirtyWorks wrote:I consider altitude less than 3000 feet.
DirtyWorks wrote:That's no explanation. The vast majority of mountain bike racers and the trails/roads ridden are not at altitude.
For years now, the location of U.S. MTB Nationals works against the vast majority of their members. Why?
9000ft wrote:What do you consider altitude? I live at over 9,000'. Sol Vista base is 8200' base of Sun Valley is about 6000'. To me, "at altitude" doesn't begin till your over 10,000'.
As to your question, I'd guess that the folks at Sun Valley put together the best package.
My first thought wasn't altitude, but the remoteness of the venue. Ketchum is a long way from any major population center.
BroDeal wrote:3000? 3000 is nothing.
BroDeal wrote:Maybe we should move the Ironman World Championships from Kona because a lot of "consumers" don't live where they can practice swimming in the ocean.
DirtyWorks wrote:And yet, that's where most USAC members live. Why discourage the majority of members from attending Nationals by repeatedly having the event at altitude? Why?
As for the "whiner" comment, what is the point of a personal attack? Maybe that attitude has something to do with the zero growth and lack of sponsorship dollars in competitive mountain biking?
Defending Tahoe as a nice place was not the criticism. USAC continually uses venues at altitude to host their championship events. There are lots of 'nice places' to host a National championships, without discouraging the vast majority of USAC members from attending because of the altitude. Incredible and true at the same time.
Finally, my original question was if anyone had insight into how/why USAC continually chooses altitude locations. So far, "I guess they put together the best package" is the only valid answer.
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