Modern technology almost undid the registration process for this year's Iceman Cometh Challenge, a 27-mile, point-to-point, mass-start mountain bike race in Traverse City, Michigan, won by Jeremy Bishop and Amanda Carey in 2008.
According to race organiser Steve Brown, those wishing to race the 2009 version, the event's 20th anniversary, will need to mail in their entry forms, postmarked by Saturday, 7 March due to a recent computer glitch. This year's online registration was hijacked by a corrupted bot file, which crashed the system several times.
"Last year’s event registration was through Active.com and this year’s registration is through SportsBaseOnline.com," Brown told BikeRadar. "The SBO computers were overloaded and went down on Friday night and again on Monday night. SBO is still working on correcting all of the data and we're about 95 percent of the way there. The SBO staff has weathered the storm and are working toward finishing the 2009 Iceman registration process through our mail registrations."
Held traditionally on the first Saturday of November (except for years when the first Saturday of November is the 1st), the 20th annual Iceman will be held on Saturday, 7 November. Just under US$25,000 in cash prizes and $10,000 in merchandise prizes will be awarded. Nearly 2,000 riders participated in 2008.
"For the 2009 event we're returning to the basic 'first-come, first-served' format, asking riders to mail their entry forms," said Brown. "They must be postmarked by Saturday, 7 March. We're essentially making it easy for everyone who sends in their entry to get a fair shot at doing the race.
"Where this leaves us for the registration process in 2010, I have no idea!"
For more information, visit www.iceman.com.