I don’t think the issue is whether either of the choices passes a popularity test. Those who enjoy flat courses with be happy , those who don’t will not.
Its the fact it was changed from what was intended, As the unforeseen circumstances are not being shared the only thing we have on why the decision was made is the “few concerns”. I can only speak for myself but I wouldn’t now enjoy this week so I am out . If it had been the course from the start I dare say I would have entered .
Its only a beta test event anyway I am not loosing any sleep over it or anything. I can go do the Muir any time I like , and there are races on it all the time . It would be a different matter if this happened in a series or something that mattered. (Hope at least that has been observed and assimilated from reaction)
It is perhaps a concern that the decisions are not that transparent , no official announcement, instead I had to visit Facebook and …well that’s a different and very perverse universe. I don’t know who the few are , and where the forum was to raise those concerns? All I know is what I saw on Facebook which was a don’t you dare ask questions or complain be thankful you have an event at all , which was pretty disturbing to be honest and makes me realise why you need to avoid that medium . It showed how toxic that place is over over such a trivial item as this .
its also not clear what unforeseen circumstances could be . Is there a problem with categorising an event on this course , what are the implications for the wider project?