Will you score cat 2 and 3 separate?
Will this race qualify you to race national championships in July?
OK, so we still need to get a couple of questions answered by USAC. As it stands now, we will be starting Cat 2/3 together but results will be submitted to USAC separately. If you complete the race, that will be enough to qualify you for nationals assuming you placed within the USAC qualification system.
It is very important to note that there are no categories at Nationals. Everyone who lines up is in the same race and competing for the National Championship. I think it would be best to follow that model for your race and score the categories together. As I mentioned in my previous comment, that also is much better for ranking points that racers earn which determines call up at Nationals.
From the perspective of USAC ranking points, it would be better to combine the classes to get the maximum possible points for top finishers and spread for all racers. I plan to race in order to earn ranking points for call-up at Nationals and would much prefer scoring the classes together.
Based on discussion with USAC, only 55+ and SS are 'non categorized'. Everyone else is in a category. But we agree in that for an event like this, it will be simpler to keep all age groups going off at the same time.
Thanks for your input. Here is the update from USAC. We updated the website as well with the latest in regards to qualifications.
Make that all categories within each age group will go off at the same time.
I would love to attend you race but the price is to extreme. When you break it down it's more than $100 per race. I did mountain bike Marathon Nationals this year for way less. I think you guys are pricing yourself out of racers. I personally know of 3 guys that have the same opinion! Good luck I hope your race is a success.
Thanks for your feedback. You've probably heard it before, but the expense to operate a stage race is significant to say the least. What's harder is finding help. It's one thing to get resources for a one day event, but altogether different for 3 days, especially when it's away from home and we're covering food, lodging, and travel expenses. We are cheaper (at least $100) than our Colorado counterparts with Breck Epic (3-day) and the Leadville Stage race, so we feel our pricing is reasonable. Any cheaper it wouldn't make business sense. Time will tell for sure. Sorry we'll miss you!
Hi! I'm not familiar with the trails ay Granby Ranch, Sounds like the first day would be ok for a hardtail, and probably the second day also, but the third day... is that on "downhill" style trails? Could/would you recommend a hardtail for all 3 days of racing? Can I use multiple bikes for the 3 day event, or do I have to stick with one bike for the whole event. Didn't see that in the rules anywhere.
Hey Dennis, the Idlewild area is pretty standard Winter Park style trails. There is a 3.5-4 mile descent that you will do twice on Day 3. If the option is available, FS wouldn't be a bad idea, but certainly fine on a HT. There are no downhill style trails on this course. No problem using multiple bikes. We'll update the rules!
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