- Sep 1, 2000
Hello everyone. As you know the 2 qualifiers are now over. One race provided a lot of mud while the other provided dust on day 1 and snow on day 2. Both Suzy and Amanda braved all 4 days without any injury. I made it to Idaho to help support in the hopes that if no other women signed up to race in France that I would still be considered. I talked with the AMA and said that if I had to race Idaho to even be considered then I would even if my collarbone was broken. Hugh said that the AMA was not about racing just because but that it was there to support competition and he said it was not necessary for me to ride. Since no other women signed up as Letter of Intent then I would get to go. I just called the AMA to see if I was on the team and here is what they say. The nice lady says that if it were up to her I would be going but there are 3 board members who have a problem with me going. First they said: We should have advertised for a womens team. (Suzy did advertise when she got on DRN for them and they don't advertise for the Thropy team, they just pick who they want even if they don't race). They have a problem with the fact that I did not ride either qualifier, even though I traveled 12 hours one way to support suzy and Amanda. She said I would be able to go but she had to wait for Hugh to get back into the office to talk with them. Women are still having to fight for our rights. I do think we are getting better and maybe the AMA will start to recognize that more. I made my reservations based on what she told me but I hope they don't change their mind. Now we all have to raise money or earn money to pay for the trip. Each one of us will have to spend about $5,000.00 for just us, not including our spouses. If anyone has any fund raising ideas please let us know. Also if you want to try for the ISDE next year then start preparing now. We might not have Suzy going to the AMA and just flat out putting her foot down so we might have to do it on our own and it might not be easy.