An initial statement from Trans Cascadia said that racers were entitled to: “50% of their entry fees back and guaranteed entry for 2021 at a reduced entry rate of $2000 ($300 off).” The race claimed that the remaining money had already been spent, saying: “half of the funds that you have invested with us have already been spent on reclaiming the backcountry trails that were intended to be in the race this year (we started the work in October 2019) as well as, on continuing the important work of protecting all the mountain bike access to this and previous TC locations in the backcountry.”
However, this did not sit too well with racers who now felt they had been forced to donate $1,000 for trail advocacy. One racer reached out to us at Pinkbike and said, “I’m all for investing in trails. I don’t think many riders would have voluntarily made a $1,000 “donation” to trails this summer.”
We reached out to the organizers for more information and they sent us a statement that, following feedback from racers, they will now allow racers to defer entry to next year for now extra charge. The statement is posted in full below:
Riders have until July 15 to make their decision.