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Pete Beall

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The recent discussion on master categories and classes prompted me to un-archive an old dB. My goal
had been to try to get a better way to categorize older racers to make events more fun for everyone;
we don't do this for the money. I have quite a bit of data in the archive and I haven't reviewed it
all, but I do remember that I tried looking at all sorts of different events and finally settled on
the time trial as the best yardstick. I pulled out well defined NW time trials where a time and
distance were provided and calculated the average speed as a measure of rider strength. I then tried
to get a measure of the RA and actual category of the rider, unavailable in most cases. I tried to
get promoters to make the rider category available for the master riders, no luck; I tried to get
the category and age from the USCF, no luck.

I'm expecting that if I could gather enough data, a better way for dividing up master's
classes might show up. If you want to see what I revived as a first start from 2000, go to
http://myweb.cableone.net/petebeall/Category/Average%20speed.pdf

If anyone has any suggestions on where to go with this study, let me know.

Pete

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Wade Summers

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Pete Beall wrote in message ...
> The recent discussion on master categories and classes prompted
me
>to un-archive an old dB. My goal had been to try to get a better way to categorize older racers to
>make events more fun for everyone; we don't do this for the money. I have quite a bit of data in
>the archive and I haven't reviewed it all, but I do remember that I tried looking at all sorts of
>different events and finally settled on the time trial as the best yardstick. I pulled out well
>defined NW time trials where a time and distance were provided and calculated the average speed as
>a measure of rider strength. I then tried to get a measure of the RA and actual category of the
>rider, unavailable in most cases. I tried to get promoters to make the rider category available for
>the master riders, no luck; I tried to get the category and age from the USCF, no luck.
>
> I'm expecting that if I could gather enough data, a better way
for
>dividing up master's classes might show up. If you want to see what I revived as a first start from
>2000, go to http://myweb.cableone.net/petebeall/Category/Average%20speed.pdf
>
> If anyone has any suggestions on where to go with this study, let me know.
>
>Pete
>
>
>--
>http://www.petebeall.net
>
>

I've always thought that if a master didn't like the race offered in his age category or his age
category was not offered he can always race in is primary category, 1/2, 3,4 etc.

Why do we need yet another category?

Wade
 
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