Sunday I did my second ever road race, the Georgia Cup 3 Gap, billed as the hardest race in the Southeast with 9000 feet of climbing in 52 miles and almost double that for the pros. My previous race was a flat course cat 4/5 where I was unprepared for the fast start , my mountain bike race strategy of starting in back only succeeded in getting me dropped and spending the race solo and passing the occasional straggler.The 3 Gap had a beginner-cat5 class and as I am a decent climber I thought I might be competitive. It was 90 degrees at the noon start and the field of about 75 broke up quickly at the first mountain climb 8 miles into the race.After starting in the rear I began passing people and was enjoying the race as the the many climbs eliminated team tactics and drafting was limited. Coming down Neels Gap 40 miles into the race I started thinking a top 20 finish was possible when I came to a traffic jam and found our race had been stopped. There was a motorcycle accident up the road. The race official took the numbers of the first few racers for a restart and the rest of us just waited. About 15? racers had passed before the accident. After waiting over 15 minutes the road ahead was cleared and the race official restarted the group whose numbers he had taken. He addressed the rest of us and said our race was basically over and that we could just ride back to the start as none of us were factors in the race. The course was set so that the finish was at thetop of a 5 mile climb and he was saying rather than complete the race just return to the start. I was stunned. When the group started 5 minutes after the first group he restarted we proceeded at group ride speed for 6 miles to the turning point where you could climb to the finish or return to your car. About 6 of us opted to finish the race and the other 30 plus turned back to their cars. I finished the race, which I am proud of, but I feel totally disgusted. Why would so many racers quit, why are they racing ? The impression I get from this is that in road racing if you aren't a factor it is okay to quit. My reason for racing is to test myself against others , to chase and be chased. I know I've started too late ,age 52, to ever win a road race but I enjoy racing. I race mountain bikes in sport class and am competitive and the atmospere is completely different, no one would ever voluntarily quit just to save some suffering. I guess my point is if you don't enjoy racing don't show up.