In another kind of strange press release, The Medicine Show Land Trust, a.k.a. Hoka Hey Challenge, states that during the 2011 edition riders were GPS tracked by the company US Fleet Tracking (a fact known by riders and observers) with the dual purpose of “enabling event organizers to verify the riders’ speeds and routing.” What is surprising is that many participants have reported all over the web that they were assured before the challenge that GPS tracking would be used only for positioning of their motorcycles, but not for speed checking. And it raises another question: if speed tracking was established by GPS, (which implies that the organizer knew the speed limit for each of the 14,000 miles of the ride (?), why to give a lie detector test to participants 2 months after the event ended to try to establish if they were speeding or not?
Since the organization declared that there was no winner (because either cheating on speed, or not finishing on time, or using a deviant route or all of the above…) the 2011 Hoka Hey Challenge published 2 lists of top finishers, all non-winners. 1- A LIST of 11 CONTENDERS who completed the entire route without deviations, crossed the finish line within the allotted time and were in possible contention for prizes, except that they were speeding. 2- A LIST of 41 FINISHERS who completed the entire route without deviations but crossed the finish line after the August 21st deadline. It was reported by Hoka Hey that the CONTENDERS (except top contender Will Barclay. Why? It was never clearly explained) received $10,000 not as prizes (because they were all speeding), but as compensation for travel expenses.
Many are now wondering, among many other questions to the organization, why those 10 riders who were speeding and finished on time are more deserving to receive money for “travel expenses” than those apparently not speeding, completing the ride without deviation, but finishing just after the August 21st deadline. As far as I know, finishing after the deadline and respecting all rules is not cheating. So, why those who were declared as cheaters by Hoka Hey did receive “expenses money” and not the others who were not cheating, respected all the rules, but didn’t finish on time? You can ask yourself this question from the point of of view of riders performance, morality and of equity among them. And we come back to the fundamental question raised by critics of the 2011 edition of Hoka Hey. Was it possible to complete the entire route without deviations and cross the finish line on time? The only thing we know for sure is that the organizers, Jim & Beth Durham, acknowledged that nobody from the event, contrary to what was announced prior the Challenge, did any motorcycle pre-run of the route that challengers had to ride…
List of what Hoka Challenge Organizers call the top 2011 Contenders ( all cheating and finishing on time) who would have received $10,000 as travel expenses refund.
1- Will Barclay 2- Shaun VanBeber 3- Marc Story 4- Frank Kelly 5- Michael McGuire 6- Michael Fox 7- Brent Witters 8- Robert Crawford 9- Karl “Bubba” Netherland 10- James Howaston 11- James “Jimmy” Huffman