Transplant Athlete
Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Recently, Joe Jamison unsubscribed from the TOPICA listserv, claiming that the actions of a few disgruntled members had spoiled the experience for him at the same time, he resigned from the UMCA BoD and withdrew from the election. John Hughes then posted chastising Jane Doe, calling her posts malicious and then rather nastily saying "They demonstrate why one year in RAAM your crew dumped all your gear out of the van, drove off and left you. You haven't done squat for the UMCA - and your vicious remarks have driven a fine man out of the UMCA." Which is quite harsh if you ask me. Personally, I don't think there are many people who would like their behavior during RAAM thrown in their faces. We're sleep deprived, dehydrated, and hungry. I think most of us try to be honorable, appreciative gentlemen, but RAAM has a way of breaking down all that is civilized.

This was followed by a rash of people unsubscribing from the message board and stating they were moving over to the Google list. The google list was formed by John Hughes and it is strictly reserved for talk about riding. Any political talk will be censored. I thought something was up and here it is: (please note, John Doe is running for a Board seat and the elections are still in progress)

Begin forwarded message:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Favor
Date: Sun, 6 May 2007 11:55:19 EDT
From: UMCAHQ@aol.com


I hope all is well!

You're on the ultra chat list at Topica and you've probably seen the many malicious messages from Jane Doe, John Doe (editors note: names changed to protect the innocent) and othes. As a result of all of this Joe Jamison, a very good man, has decided to resign (editors note: Joe Jamison was appointed to the Board after resigning because it suited JHs wishes). Their attacks drove him out of the UMCA.

Would you please post a note to Topica - in your own words - making two points:

1) the posts of a few people have have destroyed the value of this forum. If you want you can be specific - the posts of Jane Doe and John Doe have so poisoned the forum that . . . or, if you prefer, don't name names.
2) as a result you are unsubscribing and from now on will rely on the Google group for you information about the sport. You are already a member and that is where we will post any UMCA and RAAM information.

Many thanks!

John Hughes
Managing Director
UltraMarathon Cycling Association
PO Box 18028
Boulder, CO 80308-1028


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Lou, did you receive this e-mail directly from JH? I know someone on the topica list said it was forwarded to them but I haven't seen anyone claim to have received it directly. I haven't received one. I'm still trying to figure out what's going on. Quite honestly JH critics and supporters have both been ugly on the topica list.
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