Maybe the South African National Seeding Index could be used for some form of race handicapping as they do overseas with time trials?! That would really motivate everyone at whatever their level to know that you could win the handicappped part of the race based on your past performances. Then everyone starts equal whether an elite, or a novice with only 3 previous events, or a teenager or a septagenarian, (yes, there are quite a few! ). The actual race would be unaffected. Any comments?