The winner of the controversial cross country adventure race, Will Barclay of Highland Florida, has told Quick Throttle magazine that the prize money has been wired to his account and the organizers lived up to their end of the agreement. The jet pilot Barclay said that a lot of the controversary is just individuals who are whiners.
"I have some very strong opinions as to why things like this are happening more and more, not just in this or this country, but all over the world. It has to do with people just not accepting personal responsibility. People I call the “whiners” who want everything to be perfect all of the time without risk and without problems. That’s just not realistic. It’s not the way the world works. Maybe we can wish for it once in awhile but it’s just not the way things are or are supposed to be."
Barclay said his sister used the internet and Facebook and helped him stay abreast of other competitors. "I was able to get cell phone calls and text messages. My cell was held on a bracket and while it was tough to make calls I could easily get them along with text messages which I could also read as I was riding. So yes, I knew about the road sign controversy and all the negative chatter on the internet blogs. When my friend Alex was injured in AZ. My sister let me know. She even told me there was a group of riders 12 hours behind me and they think they are in the lead. Lots of great stuff."
On the Hoka Hey Facebook page, this press release was issued last week.
William Barclay just took the polygraph in New York City. After hours of questions and yet again another drug test, for sedatives, has passed. William Barclay will receive a wire transfer of 500,000 dollars from Pioneer Bank and Trust of Rapid City, South Dakota directly to William's bank account.
The Hoka Hey organizers issued a press release earlier that read;
The organizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge announce the establishment of a new escrow account under the name of The Medicine Show Land Trust Escrow Account which is held at Pioneer Bank and Trust in Rapid City, SD. The account now holds the $500k purse which will be paid to the Challenge winner at 7:00pm on the 11th of August at the Broken Spoke Saloon Campground on hwy 79 near Sturgis.
The announcement of the official winner of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is pending the results of a polygraph test which is scheduled to be conducted in New York City on the 28th of July. The polygraph test is being preformed by International Investigation Group, Ltd. with offices in New York City,Long Island, Westchester, Los Angles, Boca Raton, FL, and London. I.I.G. has worked on many notable cases including Tiffany jewelry store robbery for Lloyds of London,AIG Insurance Co. in a $120 million dollar bank fraud case, and the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing investigation. This firm has been featured in: NY Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, CNN, CNBC, Glamour Magazine, and the Tyra Banks Show.
The Medicine Show Land Trust hoped to bring awareness to several veteran and native american causes through the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. In fact, the Pine Ridge reservation was one of 33 Indian reservations that the Challenge route traveled through in an attempt to draw attention to the many Americans who live without running water in their homes.
The organizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge would like to say thanks to all the people who supported the Challenge and helped to spread this message of unity and compassion to people around the world. Indeed, participants in the Challenge will be proud to know that the added awareness has already brought a response to this desperate need and that on the 20th of July a private individual hired AI Sewer and Water Company to put in the very first of many water lines to go in on Pine Ridge reservation.
In appreciation to Chief Oliver Red Cloud for opening his home and feeding the Challengers that visited Pine Ridge and the Red Cloud family for helping take care of the Challenge participants, the orginizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge would like to invite everyone to join them at the Broken Spoke Saloon to watch as we pay the $5ook to the worlds greatest long distance rider.
Barclay crossed the finish line with Frank Kelly of Prosperity, SC, and the two intended to split the pot but Kelly later disqualified himself after admitting he missed a checkpoint.
Barclay says he isn't sure if he'll defend his title in 2011, since he's been asked to be on the Board of Directors for the Challenge.