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snowie




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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:58 pm    Post subject: Will kona 2018 be cancelled or moved Reply with quote

As per the title, with the current eruption of the volcano & the problems it is causing with air quality etc what are the chances of kona being cancelled or moved to another location ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who knows.

It could all have died down by next week or keep going for years

No one knows and as such predicting what will happen in 3 months time is pretty pointless.

With the amount of VOG effecting Kona ATM I couldn't see it going ahead if it were now. trying to predict what a volcano will be doing in 3 months time is a completely fruitless task!

Apparently the other side of the Island is pretty clear so a move is certainly possible without switching islands.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard they were looking at Blackpool as a potential backup site Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Que all kinds of weird and wonderful comments:
- At least the water will be nice and toasty.
- The smoke might negate all the EPO.
- Keep it where it is, make it a proper challenge with some lava dodging!

Fire away... Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it will lean towards those who take their MTB and trail shoes...
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll go ahead and then be cancelled a couple of days before .... the organisers wont want even more people stuck on the island when flights are stopped due to volcanic ash.

The giveaway will be when they ask people to sign waivers which let them off the consequences if the event is cancelled due to lava bombs !
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kona is MILES from the Eruption and shielded from it by the two tallest* mountains in the world!

The only issue will be VOG and potential Air Traffic Disruption. But as of yet the ash is mild and there is limited Air traffic impact.

There will be No Lava, No Smoke, No Gas, No Falling Debris, No Explosions.


VOG is a big issue as it can cause breathing issues and exercising in heavy VOG is a BIG no-no. But chances are it will have calmed down by then and just be a mild effusive flow, like it has been continuously since 1983.




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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For most entrants itís a once in a lifetime opportunity & a lot of work & planning goes into a place at Kona.
Now that the lava has reached the sea there is a real possibility of poor air quality affecting Kona even though it is on the other side of the island.
( the wind can & does change).
I donít think Blackpool is an option but the possibility of a location change
Must be on the agenda at IM HQ
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they put something on twitter and FB last week saying that they are still planning for it to go ahead.

Sure it mentioned the imminent 70.3 there, so it will be interested to see how that goes

As mentioned possible disruption to air traffic will be the biggest issues and air quality.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

snowie wrote:
For most entrants itís a once in a lifetime opportunity & a lot of work & planning goes into a place at Kona.
Now that the lava has reached the sea there is a real possibility of poor air quality affecting Kona even though it is on the other side of the island.
( the wind can & does change).
I donít think Blackpool is an option but the possibility of a location change
Must be on the agenda at IM HQ


It's a huge worry that they make a decision to change the location, I've had flights and accommodation booked since October 2017 Plus a $1000 dollar entry fee.

Embarassed
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SGreg




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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they change the location it will only be to a different coast.

KONA will not be directly effected, but it's unlikely it will go ahead with the current VOG conditions Kona is experiencing. But there are plenty of Coastal locations where the AQ is fine.

That said It's highly likely Pele will calm her ass down and everything will be fine by October!


The Volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983 why the big worry this year? I am sure IMHQ have had this in mind every year Vog is a potential problem in Kona Year round.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just move it to Texas; they always have it locked down every year.
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