Hello, Folks --
This morning I sent the following message to SportsBasement Online in regards to their handling of scoring for the women's races at McLane this weekend. In addition to the incidents below, they have not as of this moment posted even preliminary results for the Pro/1/2 women's road race, though all but one of the men's fields have at least a partial list up. In my opinion, the lack of respect they gave to the female racers (who paid the same entry fees as the men and who raced just as hard) is completely unacceptable. I hope that some of you feel the same way and will contact them through their website to express your displeasure at this development.
I am posting this on the main forum as well as the women's forum because I feel that this is an issue that concerns the community as a whole. If anyone feels that this issue should stay in the women's forum (which I have a sneaking suspicion is not read by 90% of the forum participants), please consider that such a response in and of itself is symptomatic of the greater problem at hand.
Regarding the McLane Pacific Cycling Classic results:
I am extremely disappointed in your lack of quality results for this event, specifically in the Women's 3/4 packs. By not having a camera set up in the criterium and missing all results beyond eighth place (including two places that were worth prize money), you give the impression that developmental women's racing has no value. That is completely unacceptable. I ask that you go back through and list those women who started the race and acknowledge that their omission was your company's fault. Further, I believe you owe all those women an apology.
In regards to the Women's 3/4 road race, in a field of 70 women it is completely unacceptable to not publish results beyond 23rd place. Over half the entrants and finishers were left off your posted results, though they raced just as hard and paid just as much to race as the top 23 finishers. I ask you to go back and do the job that you were paid for -- list the complete results for all the races. I am especially disappointed in your company's apparent bias against women's cycling and I encourage you to rectify and take responsibility for your failures.
If you do not address this concern I believe you will hear from many women who are disappointed in your lack of committment to sportsmanship and gender equity in cycling. The ever-growing community of woman cyclists is a vocal one, and I anticipate that you will hear from many women who feel that they have been disrespected by your company's treatment of their results. If this issue continues, I personally will write to every race promoter I know to encourage them to find other providers of online registration who understand that they have a responsibility to the entire racing community, not only the higher and male categories. I encourage you not to ignore your responsibilities to every racer out there and I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.