> The growing number of entries and the waiting list at the Tours
> Pros is getting ridiculous.
I'd say that the growing number of short-sighted individuals
bitching on team.net about the very thing that Denver has been
actively pursuing - the growth of Solo II - is pretty damn
> These events should be for top-level
> competition first and foremost.
Define "top-level." National tours originally replaced
Divisonals. Divisionals typically brought together competitiors
from multiple Regions. Sometimes, the competition is "top-level,"
other times it's not. Regardless of whether it's a Tour or a
Regional. What about the really small classes at Nationals? How
are we supposed to assure that THOSE classes only allow
"top-level" competitors to enter?
> not implying that novices should be blatantly barred,
Looks to me like that's exactly what you're implying.
> but when
> their participation limits the participation of top-level
> like Matthew,
It doesn't. You sends in your entry and you takes your chances.
If you're in on time, good. If not and the event fills up, better
luck next time. Do you really think it's gonna be a constant
problem that Tours fill to overflowing? I'd say that's exactly
the "problem" that Denver has been trying to create.
> I spend considerable amounts of time and money
> to travel.
Oh, God. Yet again we hear "I spend, therefore I am" (apologies
to Rene DesCartes). Get over it.
"I'm so damn serious I got "Born to Solo" tattooed on my butt.
I'm entitled to better treatment that all you amateurs. You're
not good enough to grid next to me."
"I'll see your cheap-ass enclosed trailer and raise you an
eighteen wheeler. You don't KNOW from serious, buddy."
> If the top-level drivers are denied entry to the Tours and
> Pros, what's my motivation to go?
If you show up with that attitude, what's my motivation as a
member of a Tour-hosting Region to want you to attend?
It has not yet been established that excessive entries will be a
recurrent long-term problem with majorSolo II events. If it's a
problem for Pro Solo, Denver can reinvent that for the umpteenth
time. If it's a problem for Tours, I say have more of 'em. Let's
not jump the gun here, though. This whole situation could very
easily reverse itself, and you "top-level" sorts could get
awfully lonely. I say "let 'em eat cake."
Jay "Antoinette" Mitchell