On-line entries now open. http://www.cyclingmasters.com
New schedule, more team sprints and team pursuits
plus slightly higher entry fees. Time to start saving
for a couple or four Dugast Pista Diamond Silks.
What's the deal with the age category rule for team events? It's silly to place an upper limit on age categories. It should be lower limit only.
e.g. take the 45-54 age category - if you have two guys who are 46, 48, and two who are 55 and they want to form a team, they can't. That's just silly.
Much better to have a rule that goes like this:
A team (which may be 3 or 4 riders) may be formed provided the 3 youngest rider's ages total the minimum for the category
You can then have categories as follows:
3 youngest riders age total:
That way it allows much greater flexibility in how a team can assemble, enabling more teams to form and race.
In our state team pursuit championships (and road TTT), we have two masters team categories:
all ages (masters must be 30+, IOW any rider 30+ can race)
150+ (the three youngest rider's ages must total at least 150 years)
and we are considering a 180+ category as well.
I think open, 150+ and 180+ are better than 105/135/165.
We used to have the category restrictions with lower and upper
age limits. It made getting teams together much harder. When we made the change to using a minimum total age for 3 youngest, team entries doubled and the competition was much better for it.