As one might expect, today's decision by the city of Austin, Texas, to change the date of the USA Cyclo-cross National Championships because of what the parks department deemed was too much mud caused social media to blow up with comments. Most of the racers, staff and fans who were hoping to compete or just watch the racing at Zilker Park were not happy with the decision, which the parks department said was made over concerns about excessive damage to the terrain. USA Cycling announced that racing would take place on Monday, but not until after a firestorm of criticism erupted.
Below are a collection of reactions from Twitter:
[Updated: These mentions have been updated since USA Cycling announced racing would take place Monday]
I can think of way better ways to spend $1K. Pushing CXnats back a day is bad on so many levels. @AustinCityParks @austintexasgov YOU SUCK!
@timjohnsoncx @AustinCX15 research proves muddy grass post race has double the nutrients in the top soil leads to greener grass! #winning
Mo Bruno Roy
This is exactly why a city needs to host a UCI CX race before getting a bid for USA Nationals. Confused as to how this happened #AustinCX15
Sorry @usacycling, but canceling your event, then un-canceling it does not a National Championships make. Especially when athletes go home.
Cancel a cross race due to mud? Maybe cycling IS the new golf.
Bike Snob NYC
Postponing #cxnats until Monday unfairly favors the jobless and childless.
I'm curious who will actually be at the park to watch #cxnats tomorrow? Thinking it will be a quiet nationals. #crickets
True to its slogan, "Keep Austin Weird" @AustinCityParks makes bizarre decision canceling #CXNats. Wouldn't happen in College Station.
24-hour postponement obviously is still very challenging for privateers. But is there a better fix? Better than a 1-week postponement.
Welp, would be $1200 plus a missed day of work for both me and @nthogersen to stay an extra day. Good luck to those who can stay. #cxnats
Extra sad for tmrw, now we'll see how many pro/elite women can afford to stay and race our championship. Think we'll fill the front row???
Let’s shift now from complaining/criticizing to fixing/solving and making things possible, working with what we’ve got.
Races back on noon tomorrow. Whatever you think of @lancearmstrong, all 'crossers should thank him for being the one that saved #cxnats2015
Crossing my fingers for rain in Seattle so they postpone my classes and I don't miss any quizzes this week
Mo Bruno Roy
The best part of the CX Nats cancel-uncancel-reschedule debacle is all of the nice people helping each other. Thx you guys! #cxfamily
Sounds like "F the love of mud" is official policy here. #cxnats #AustinCX15
Jeremy Powers (posted link to photos of fans playing in mud at Austin City Limits “mud festival”)
#austin #cxnats why this and not cx?
Now that Austin has taken our hotel, food and car rental money, etc. Let's cancel the event. Perfect business model. #notahappycamper
Maybe now that the oil prices have dropped, they can't afford to re-seed the grass? We just aerated the ground for FREE!
Seeing that January CX nats weather is a clusterf*k, let's move it back to December!
Serious? #NoMudNoGlory "@efacc: Oh wait no, instead of watching the feed @marianne_vos can chuckle that the US cancelled cxnats due to: mud"
Who wants to help me get admitted to the Texas bar so I can assist with the class action lawsuit? #cxnats
The sky is falling.
@deckerator Someone should tell Austin that all the grass grew back in Bend...
Carl Decker (posted a link to news report of Austin's New Year celebration canceled due to inclement weather)
http://kxan.com/2014/12/30/austin-postpones-new-years-eve-celebration/ … first this, Now #cxnats2015 cancelled do to rain. #KeepAustinWeird is more than a bumper sticker-who runs this place?
Canceling a cross race due to rain and mud is like canceling a football game because there's too many stripes drawn on the field.
Please don’t make me have to explain to my ex-pro European bike racer father in law that we canceled CX nationals due to…MUD.
So, where's the #CXNots party?!
Zilker Park (parody account)
Nothing warms my heart like crushing Juniors nationals dreams @VisitAustinTX @AustinCityParks #cxnats
This is like canceling Christmas.
Mo Bruno Roy
I'm not interested or in the mood to party. I actually want to race my ass off in the MUD. You know, USA Cyclocross NATIONALS. #bummedx100
So, anyone in Austin up for some road training today? Weather is supposed to be great this afternoon. #cxnats
No, cycling is not mainstream in the USA, yet. We get to thinking we are, No, not yet! #cxnats
Someone please hand the cops here in Austin an iPhone showing Belgian CX Nats - now THAT is mud. #cxnats