IMMEDIATE CHANGES TO MORGUL BISMARK ROAD RACE: Dear Athletes we regret to inform you that tomorrow's Morgul Bismark has been modified due to extreme circumstances. At 10:00am on Friday morning Highway Technologies closed all their national operations, with no fore notice to their regional offices. Highway Technologies is responsible for all the road closures, traffic barricades, cones creating separate lanes on highway 93, etc
The closure of this business has severely impacted our event, Colfax Marathon, America Ninja Warrior, and among numerous others as they're the largest traffic control company in the state. Since hearing the news our staff has been working with the Town of Superior, Town of Louisville, Boulder County Sheriffs dept, Colorado State Patrol, and our traffic control supervisor on viable options. With only a 36hr time-frame the massive amount of physical traffic control assets needed to run an operational morgul that adheres to all permits, safety codes, and state requirements was simply not attainable. At 4:00pm during today's Summit Criterium we had to make the decision to either cancel or come up with some creative solutions. In our book cancelling was simply not an option. We designed a new course that met the requirements of all agencies involved and at 6:00pm tonight were able to recruit an additional 250 cones from a fellow productions company to make Plan B viable.
WHAT'S PLAN "B": Plan B is we're racing!!!! The new course will feature the "WALL" with the same number of laps on a new 12 mile loop. This new loop is FULLY closed to traffic. Please see the course map.
YOUR FIRST QUESTION: We're riding down the "WALL" too? Yes! Yellow line rule will be in effect with zero margin for error. You cross the center line and your pulled from the race, no questions asked. Riding up the "WALL" we'll be placing a full cone line that's set 2ft to the right from the middle yellow lane. While this narrows the lane for uphill traffic it provides a necessary safety buffer for athletes traveling downhill.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN THE MORNING: Please know that our staff feels your frustrations with these last minute changes. I know many of you will be upset and disappointed at the news, while others will be excited for a new challenge and one heck of a story to tell over beers. When you arrive please do not overwhelm race staff with course questions as each wave will have a thorough race briefing prior to your start. Please spend the time getting checked in (if you're racing the Omnium), registered (if not signed up yet), picking-up numbers (if you haven't yet picked them up), getting your timing chip (THAT'S EVERYONE - NO CHIP NO RESULT), and warming up. I know there will be many questions and e-mails following this release. We'll do our best to answer every question that comes in promptly, but please know our staff will be on course tonight preparing for the new changes.
COMMUNICATION: Please call your friends that are racing and let them know the recent news in case they won't be checking e-mail tonight.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation. Come tomorrow you can still expect a great event, a challenging course, and some great stories to share with your race buddies.
Lance Panigutti, Tony Panigutti, Brian Hludzinski and the whole Without Limits Team