Thanks for posting. I enjoyed the link to Bontrager's piece, and from there to the oneSpeeder.com write-ups. The spontaneous/unorganized/fun thing that they're afraid of losing if & when SSWC etc goes "mainstream" is a real issue for sure. I don't know anything about SSWC, but they're talking about the same issues that happened to (killed?) triathlon in the 80's. In the early 80's it was great fun when you'd pound beers & burritos and laugh with your pals before and after some half-baked torture race. Then ESPN showed Julie Moss crawling over the finish line at the ironman, and suddenly it was big business. The fun got squeezed all out of it and the whole sport became the super-serious, olympic-qualifying, body/training-nazi, techno-$$pendfest, killjoy machine that it is now. Not that I don't still do 'em once in a while, but its not like the old days when there was less extremism, and more....extremism.
Like the article said: once you start mailing out results, and once big-time sponsorship comes in, its a different ballgame and not necessarily a better one.