I was driving North to set up for the Whistler Farmerís market and we were made to drive in the bike lane, which wouldnít be a problem except at that time of morning the sun is directly in your eyes, and there were bikes in the lane. Clearly this is a recipe for disaster. Someone is going to get hit, and the driver, who couldnít see, will be blamed.
The second thing is, the people who usually go to the market ó tourists and locals ó couldnít get to the market, so the small farmers, the food sellers and the artisans didnít make any money on what should have been a good day.
So the sellers at the market didnít buy from the other vendors or get any food at the local restaurants which reported low sales mainly because the tourists and the locals couldnít get to the area where the market is held. As well, parking was restricted in the area.
It would make a lot more sense to hold the ironman on Saturday so it wonít interfere with the farmerís market right in peak season.
I would recommend to any of my fellow vendors not to go in a Sunday market on the same day as an Ironman, thereís no money in it, and itís a huge hassle.