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Which is the fastest USCF district?(7 posts)

Which is the fastest USCF district?Bruno
May 20, 2002 7:19 AM
Any info on this? I would imagine California and the East coast. Any one has experience on racing in different parts of the country?
From the people I've talked toJS
May 20, 2002 7:57 AM
who've raced around the country it seem to be California(southern and central)& Colorado. It's not so much faster it's just there are more fast guys. Talked to a guy at a 3's race recently (So. Cal) who had moved from back east and he remarked on just that fact.
It varies,TJeanloz
May 20, 2002 8:08 AM
In my experience, how fast a region is varies by category and time of the year. California is probably the most competitve from January to April. After that, Colorado has a definite edge in Cat 1 & 2, but my experience was that the 3's and 4's were not as fast as either their New England or California peers.

I think it mostly has to do with field size. In New England, 4/5 fields can get really big. It'll be raining sideways, and 150 people will show for a 4/5 road race. In Colorado, not so much.

I think somebody with too much time on their hands this afternoon could leverage their web searching ability to poll time trial results from each of the regions for each category and report the results.
Calyallervite
May 20, 2002 6:57 PM
South Central is the home of the really fast Crit guys. The flatlanders. Nor Cal is where the road racers forage. But I have had my butt kicked by guys from all over the country.
the one I happen to be racing inDougSloan
May 20, 2002 8:28 AM
Everyone is always faster than I am. I must choose too difficult areas to race in. It must be that. I just know it.

Doug
That was going to be MY excuse. (nm)Bruno S
May 20, 2002 4:26 PM
fastest or most competitve?Duane Gran
May 21, 2002 6:21 AM
I would suspect that flat places post faster average speeds than hilly or mountain places. Places along the coast with strong winds may also post lower average speeds.

I gather the question has more to do with what districts are more competitive than who has favorable land conditions. Average speed won't tell you this. Based on what I've heard from guys I race with, the socal and colorado are the cat pajamas for stiff elite racing.

I do however have to put in a plug for the mid-atlantic (D20). It has a full (and I mean full... you can race every weekend from March to November) calendar and I have rarely done a 4/5 race that wasn't filled. In the elite fields there is a good smattering of neo-pros who have forsaken full time work to race and hopefully bridge the amateur/pro gap.