From the Rocky Mountain town I live in, there is only one city I can get to Madison Beer as she pleases shirt and back without recharging under summer conditions, and in winter I would have to recharge before coming back. In fact, if I did a lot of shopping I might have to recharge twice before coming back. It can take anywhere from an hour to 12 hours to recharge a Tesla, depending on the power in the charging outlet. This would make for a very long shopping trip to the big city. Then the next morning, the town’s recharger hadn’t worked, so they couldn’t go anywhere. They had to fix the problem, plug it in, and wait an hour or so before they could go anywhere. And then when they wanted to go back to Seattle, our friend had to drive them down to the town’s recharge station, and then they probably had to recharge 2 or 3 times more to get back at an hour per recharge.
Now, in winter this would have worked a lot worse. They would have had to recharge 4 or 5 times to get over the mountains to get here, and a similar amount to get back, and then if the main mountain highways were closed to avalanches (which happens a lot), they would have been completely screwed because there are no charging stations along the alternate mountain roads. They would have to hold up in a mountain lodge and wait until the weather got better, and they better hope they can find one with a recharger. Since the racer is only on course for a short amount of time, it’s not a huge issue even in lycra, it’s cold and miserable but over quickly. But, the officials and volunteers can’t stay sane or safe in such cold for long periods of time because they’re not moving. Most people and organized races are not prepared to deal with trying to keep someone safely warm below about -20 or -30 below zero.