gdiza, the biggest problem with the Argus is the logistics around organising this event. Getting 35,000 people to start on time is no joke. The problem I have with the old system was that there are a lot of people out there who only do 1 race a year and that's the Argus, they deny serius riders who do 10 or more races a year the chance to get to do the biggest timed race in the world. I know you don't fall into this category (wanting to join a pro team and all that - BTW our date for a training ride is off
), but these people have no idea of how to ride in such a big group, they cause accidents and cant go the distance.
Organising this event must be one hell of a headache, getting 35,000 cyclist to start on time and finish on time
. Not even half of the field has started when the first riders cross the finnish line. The last groups start around 11'o clock and they need 6 hours to complete the race, unfortunately there are only x number of hours in a day, the organisers can do nothing to change this.
Last year when the online entries opened the 32,000 entries was grabbed up in less than 80 hours, the tour site crashed and then the payment site crahed, effectively the entries was taken in around 48 hours. There were a lot of dissapointed DEDICATED riders out there who couldn't get entries and a lot of one-timers smiling from ear to ear cause they got an entry to a race they probly won't be able to finnish.
With the qualifying now in place at least you will get riders who has ridden in a group before and knows more or less what to expect. As I said at the start this is not aimed at you personally as you don't fit the tag as a one-timer / racer, but there are a lot oif them out there. Give the more serious riders a chance and then they can fill up the numbers with the rest.