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John: Thanks for the analysis. One thing your data doesn't capture is juniors racing in the Cat 3 field. In New England both junior men 15-18 and junior women 15-18 race in their respective Cat 3 fields, but have been scored seperately by age. Cub juniors have their own field with in the Cat 3/4 womens race. I did a quick look at the results for the New England Championship Series. This year over 15 races the average was 39 juniors in all categories. Over the series that would make total participation on the same level as Colorado and Oregon. I applaud Colorado and Oregon for getting such great turn out per race. I think it is a legimate question as to whether juniors racing seperately in greater one day numbers or racing with senior Cat 3's makes for better development. It is certainly a quetion that the organizers of New England cyclocross are pondering. None the less, I would love to see 100 juniors show up to a NECCS race. Thanks again for the article.
1 year, 4 months ago on Just How Healthy is Junior Cyclocross in the US?
rockdude ringcycles Um, no fuzzy math. Nationals has held a 5 deep podium in each championship category for atleast a decade. As to you assertion that the majority of top racers in cyclocross are from Colorado and therefore will be at a disadvantage, also not so. If you actually count the number of championships and podiums between Colorado and New England over the last 6 years, the numbers are pretty equal. Colorado certainly does not have more championships and podiums than every other region combined, i.e a majority. The only way to get to 28 podiums for CO in 2010 is to count 5 deep of every race, including the non-championship events (which I would not). Regarding your central point, that a 3 USAC race average is unfair to CO racers, the CO elites all race UCI races around the the country, so for them its a non issue. The top juniors and masters women are either in small fields or also racing around the country at UCI/USAC events, so again non issue. The one group it might truly effect is masters men between age 35-55+. The truly top masters racers, like Pete Weber, Brandon Dwight, Jonathan Baker, are also racing around the country at UCI/USAC events, so for them again non issue. Guys who think they are that good should likely hop over to Kansas for a weekend or drive to Iowa for Jingle Rock and get their 3 races done. Or those guys could race the UCI events in Colorado, get their results, and see if they really are that good. The only group then it might negatively effect is mid pack 35-59 year old men like me, but racing exclusively in CO or OR. This group may have to start at the back rather than 6th row. I see nothing in this rule that will keep Danny Summerhill or Jon Carriveau, or Matt Pacocha from getting the start position that they deserve. So for the truly best masters racers in the country, this rule should actually improve things since they don't have to worry about aging up a category and losing top 10 status, or failing at a time trial 2 days before the championship, or a down server meaning they can't register fast enough. I can not imagine true national champion quality racers who will be hurt by this system, I just don't. Once again, if you do not like USAC, don't race events they permit, but then you can not complain that their national championships should somehow make accomodations for racers who contribute nothing to the organization the rest of the year.
1 year, 10 months ago on USA Cycling Implements New System for Start Order at Nationals
rockdude Not true. I did a quick count of titles and podiums from the past 6 CX nationals, and yes, in 2010 Colorado racers had a banner year with 9 championships, but counting the full 5 places, the Mid Atlantic had 18 podiums to Colorado's 15, and New England had 14. In prior years, New England had 9 titles in both 2006 and 2007 when Colorado had 4 and 5 respectively. Oregon never had more than 5 titles and 13 podiums in any year. The Mid Atlantic states had greater number of podiums even in the years that nationals was in Oregon. Infact New England took more podiums 4 of the 6 years and equal or more titles 3 of the 6 years as Colorado. The comparison gets a little tricky at the elite level though, since should you count Amy Dombroski as a Vermont/New England racer (where she grew up and started racing) or a Colorado racer since she resides there now. Same dilemna with Todd & Troy Wells (NY) and Katie Compton (PA). For the record I counted the Wells and Compton as CO racers. Ultimatley, the whole debate about regions is stupid. At the national level we should all be trying to improve the sport for every region. The ultimate goal is to produce champions that can race at the international level. Regional rivalries do not help that goal in my view. I'll cheer for Zach McDonald and Danny Summerhill just as much as Jeff Bahnson and the Keogh brothers in world cups.
RevBigRing Don't enter nationals if you don't like the rules. Thats how OBA and ACA started in the first place, right? Of course its the USAC playing their own hand, like I said, its their party. If they really wanted to "strong arm" any given region, they'd make it a ten race average. Ultimately, if an elite racer wants to go to World Cup, then they have to play by their national federations rules. If a masters or juniors racer want to wear a national champions jersey likewise. Sorry if you don't like USAC, but they are the national federation. If you are content with or prefer your own regional organization fine. ACA and OBA can sponsor their own championships as they like. But don't then moan about how the lack of affiliation with the national body is a disadvantage. USAC does plenty to support cyclocross in New England, the Mid Atlantic, and SoCal. I'm sure they would support any other region likewise. They let UCI races get permitted in Oregon and Colorado without requiring the amatuer and masters races be USAC affiliated as well. How is OBA or ACA helping to make cyclocross an olympic sport and therefore entitled to national funding support by refusing to affiliate with the UCI?
RevBigRing Since its USAC's party, I do not see why they should make extra accomodations for racers who do not compete in USAC events. Yes, it sucks for people in CO and OR, but this start order scheme is probably the best one. Since the ranking is going to be based on 3 results, instead of 7 or 10, it should be possible for the top racers in those states to travel for a few USAC events each year. Most of those top guys already do so anyway.