in doing research for AZT i've stumbled upon this thread and without reading 27 pages, was hoping for some help.
i read "No Pre Arranged Support" and a phrase i read somewhere that read something like "if it isn't available to everyone, it gives you an unfair advantage" last year before CTR and shipped one box to a hotel in Mt. Princeton. I figured it was no different than a post office, and available to everyone to do the same (the hotel explicitly told me they accept packages for CT users all the time and had a system in place)
Dinner with Stefan and some other guys the night before "educated" me to the post office only rule, so i intended to ignore the box. I had no intention of unfairly cheating others, or myself in the event, and thought that i was following the "available to everyone" basic premise on which all these rules are ultimately grounded. it never mattered, i was hitchhiking to the hospital by the time i got there
i'm as much a stickler as everyone...and shudder when i read events like Dirty Kanza describe the race as self supported, except for that part where you can meet your supply team at three spots.
?? Or when we here in Pisgah attempt a long 100 mile "race" and 15% of the field had made a food drop. I started this kind of racing because it mirrored the kind of self supported commitment i used to experience climbing and mountaineering in remote spots. i actually laughed at Chris's bolt wars reference...
I think the individual promoters of the big events should gather from these 27 pages some talking points and list very specific examples of what they want to occur during their events. Like it has been said, the starting lists of the major races are not represented here, but there is educational, if not enlightening information held within. For those of you scouring blogs for wrong doing, many instances of gray area behavior were probably considered in the minds of the rider, and cleared within his/her own reading of the perhaps too sparse rules. If i had finished the CTR last year, i would have dq'd myself if i read about a rule later, maybe for taking water from a family in a parking lot, or riding with chris and kurt for two days, or whatever, but i certainly wouldn't have thought it a violation during the event.
and that's just the honest opinion from a start lister.