I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Marc Fatmarc Vanderbacon Vettori for a while now. When I first
stalked sought him out back in 2008-9 (being local and all), he was hesitant but exponentially generous with his guidance in all things ‘cross, riding, and the truly important stuff. And even though we have a strange symbiosis going (probably exacerbated by the fact that I drop in and out so randomly) I consider him a continual mentor and friend.
When I first came across the above posting, it punched me in the Jimmy. “WHAT the is this all about?” But I knew. If you know Fatmarc, and how much he loves the sport, and how much of an anchor he’s been in the ‘cross world in the Mid-Atlantic, you get what he’s saying.
Ultimately, the UCI’s segregating powerplay, and the USAC’s limp follow-up, strives to take away the one thing they don’t own: individual choice.
Power back to the locals… and power to the athletes, organizers, and the community.
[UPDATE: UCI postpones introduction of controversial rule relating to unsanctioned events. This is merely a timeline change to me. The fundamental absurdity still resides.]