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[RC] FITS - Florida Endurance

What does it say when you put on a ride and the local riders dont attend?  Its 
not the trails as Goethe and Gator Run utilize the same trails.  It is ride 
management, volunteers, not in the right click or a combination of all?  

Volunteers are appreciated at any ride, however, at FITS, some are outright 
RUDE and tell all kinds of well lets just say it LIES.  Case in point was FITS 
2007.  An away vet check was held at the Tidewater trail head in the Goethe 
State Forrest.  When pit crew arrived, a volunteer yelled and got down right 
nasty with anyone that parked on the left side of the road stating "the 
Forrestry Department said you cant park there".  This is untrue, three weeks 
prior not only did we park there, we camped there.  Additionally, when I 
personally arrived, I was speaking with the ranger,who I ironically parked next 
to on the left hand side of the road and had a conversation with in regard to 
the differences in the two rides.  Once he left, the volunteer jumped me about 
parking.  Get it straight... if its a ride management request, say so, dont 
blame it on the Forrestry Department. 

Additionally, AERC is always telling riders to keep good records, ride cards 
etc.  However if you have ever attended FITS and pulled regardless of the 
reason (RO, L, M etc) you can not get your ride card back NOT EVEN AT THE END 
OF THE RIDE.   The first year, FITS management stated that they were doing a 
research project and they would mail the forms back to the rider.  Several 
years later, riders are still awaiting their cards.  

This year, when the ride was complete, riders who were pulled were once again 
told they could not get their ride cards back.  If this is for a research 
study, where is the release acknowledging the riders participation in the study 
(it has always been required before - even at the Biltmore for the study for 
the 96 Olympics).

Does it take formal protests thru AERC for riders to receive their cards?



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