Well, we got to Friends and they provided 2-3 ounces of water. haha... no joke! They said the race directors were supposed to have said 'no water' due to the streams being frozen.
That's what you get for a $400 team registration. And a shirt.
Sorry it didn't meet your expectations. Apart from a couple of elites from CB, it seems everyone's experience this weekend fell between considerably disappointed to totally pissed off. My wife and I have done the GT 13 times now, we've always encouraged people to go do it, but we left the race feeling really let down.
It's understandable that they determined the usual route unsafe for an event like this, with 200 teams of two people. But it's now the 3rd time that it's happened (I've done all three Reverse's) and they need to quit pretending as though the Reverse is a "one-off" event and put together a real plan for the hundreds of people who go through considerable effort to get there, be ready, not to mention pay a lot of money. The loop they used, now in it's 3rd time though with some changes, is completely uninspired, is full of pointless extra miles and vert, is technically dull, and is an unacceptable Plan B.
At the race meeting, where they announced this considerable news, the Co-Race Director boldly declared he was going to stay seated for the announcement, since he was racing and he didn't want to tire himself out by standing. It didn't matter what the racers from outside of CB had gone through to get there, it seemed very clear that the RD's own race mattered most to him. It was really a shame.
When asked about a map for the new course he said there wasn't going to be one. Unbelievable. When asked about support, and the notion that a single aid station might be light for a race of this length, his reply was "you have a stove..." It was hard to believe that the well being and overall experience of the general race field was the priority at all. The simple lack of a provided map of the new course said it all. They couldn't have cared less for the well being of the average participant/ first timer.
The RD ended up winning the race, and CB as a whole did very well, but of course that's only after the top five male finishers (from SLC) from last year, bailed to go do something more fun in the La Sals. They made the right call.
I would encourage you, and anyone who felt disappointed to have doled out $400 and have next to nothing to show for it but some hard feelings, to write the Race a letter, and share your thoughts. We're doing that. The website has a mailing address.
The need to do better.