Apparently Ironman North America caught wind of a certain triathlete's plans to use the IM MOO lottery spots as a backup to the IM Louiseville backup and will be thwarting some carefully laid plans. IM Able has once again broke the story with some obviously inside and seemingly fickle sources:
BOULDER, Colo.-Due to unforeseen circumstances, the lottery scheduled to open today for spots for the 2007 Subaru Ironman Canada and the 2007 Ford Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon have both been cancelled. Athletes who have registered for the lotteries will have their fees credited back to their credit card.
Ironman North America apologizes for any confusion. Qualifying spots are available for both events for those still interested in racing at Subaru Ironman Canada or at Ford Ironman Wisconsin, For a complete list of qualifiers, log onto http://www.ironmannorthamerica.com/qualify/imnaqual.php
Now, to be quite honest, there didn't seem to be much confusion. Things were moving along nicely. Only the sudden and drastic reversal of their announcement caused any confusion. Apparently enough confusion that there are actually fees to be refunded.
My question is this. Exactly what unforeseen circumstances could result in such a reversal? Madison suddenly vanishing? Lake Monona mysteriously shrinking in its capacity to hold swimmers? The parking ramp at Monona Terrace being declared safe for exactly 100 fewer bikes?
It all seems quite odd, to me. Things could get interesting if the WTC opts to start taking ownership of more IM races in the United States.