Response to lawsuit threat from RAAM LLC

March 12th, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Dear UMCA government and others whom this may concern,

All of this fighting would not happen if we are not having conflict of UMCA and RAAM interests within the UMCA organization.

How about sitting down and say that in best of both organization's interests, RAAM have to be on its own like it was when UMCA became a non-profit organization. RAAM wasn't in danger. There is even the Le Tour Ultime out there.

If you agree, I then will be daydreaming of the good things that will happen for all the ultra events and people out there. How wonderful will that be? This is what motivates me.

Happy cycling,
Like Mavis, I live in the United States of America, where freedom of speech is still not only legal, but encouraged and celebrated. As such, the following went out to about 7,000 endurance athletes this morning.

We'll continue to beat the drum for sportsmanship, fairness, integrity, and transparent democracy within the ranks of the UMCA government until the end of the time. Somewhere, along the way, we can only hope that the Board of Directors of the UMCA will wake up and realize that two things need to happen without delay and without any gray areas or secret back room deals:

1) Remove John Hughes from any position of authority within the UMCA, subsequently abolishing the paid Managing Director's position.
2) Sever all ties with RAAM and treat it, and all other ultracycling events and their organizers, with equality.

Chris Kostman

March 8th, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Dear UMCA government and others whom this may concern,

I attached the picture of the legal letter from RAAM, LLC's attorney to show that it's indeed real.

(Blog's link of letter:

There are many ways to say this letter was a poor approach to solving the problem.

You all need to think long and hard about the UMCA-RAAM partnership. UMCA is a non-profit organization and as an UMCA member, I do have the rights to investigate and report UMCA's actions to the UMCA members wanting to know what is going on.

We, as UMCA members, are still waiting for UMCA's answers to the questions asked several times since the beginning of January. If you need to view the questions again, here is the link:

(The link given in the e-mail is this website page.)


(March 10th, 2008 at 7:47 AM)

I'd take that letter and plaster it all over the internet, showing how nasty these RAAM/UMCA people are being. Cannot hurt to state absolutely true facts, such as quoting from
the UMCA Constitution where it states that it is separate from RAAM, about election delays, Hughes'/Lee's letter, etc. Maybe people will get the picture about how completely
awful these people are being.

This is what this lawyer is threatening, which is illegal in California:

Google "SLAPP suit" for more info

(Doug Solan)
(March 10th, 2008 at 10:45 AM)

Replying all to add a couple more people whom this may concern.

I also posted both the letter from RAAM, LLC's lawyer and Fred's e-mail to me. They can be viewed here:

I am only the messenger voicing for the UMCA members, who elected these UMCA Board of Directors. The UMCA members do legally own UMCA, you know that.

UMCA, either have RAAM send this same threat to all UMCA members and directors or answer the UMCA member's questions concerning UMCA's actions and UMCA's relationship to RAAM.

Believe me, there are plenty of anonymous people out there wanting to know.


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