So I was naive. Optimistic. Gullable. I read my email from the Events Coordinator with a dose of wishful thinking. When I receive a comment 'we should know if we have places soon' I realised something might be wrong with my assumptions. A letter arrived early this month to say "I am very sorry to tell you ...".
Placing on the standby list is 53. Indication is 30-40 may get placed eventually through drop-outs. So there's not much chance for next year!
As a teaser I have all the Rules, the Guidelines, a History, Route Planning Notes, and a complete list of participants. So I feel part of the club .. almost.