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State/National ChampionshipsGianni
May 27, 2003 8:52 AM
I was just wondering if anyone else is bothered by the Category breakdown of the State/National Championships. Let me set this up.
In the state I live, individual time trial champions are awarded in the following categories:

Men 1/2/3
Men 4/5
Women 1/2/3
Women 4
Masters 30-34
Masters 35-39
Masters 40-44
Masters 45-49
Masters 50-54
Masters 55-59
Masters 60-64
Juniors 17-18
Juniors 15-16
Juniors 13-14
Juniors 11-12

In other words, the top rider in each of these categories is awarded the title of "State Champion." I am fairly certain that "National Champion" is awarded similarly. The juniors, I can understand, but does it make sense to have only one champion for men aged 19-29 in category 1,2,and 3, while there are seven individual champions above age 30, regardless of category? The USCF should either continue the age/category breakdowns down into the 20s, or, preferably, be less liberal in handing out state and national champion titles.
re: State/National ChampionshipsNightengale
May 27, 2003 11:54 AM
No, this doesn't bother me at all. When you're in your 20's the idea is that you're young. After 30 your age starts to matter more, and somebody who is 30 has an advantage over someone who is 39. BTW, why do you care? Are you getting long in the tooth at 29, and need a stacked deck to beat a local 21 year old? Buck up!
re: ageGianni
May 27, 2003 12:04 PM
I don't buy the whole "age takes it's toll after 30" thing, especially in cycling. Only 3 of the overall top 20 in our state's time trial were UNDER 30. 12 people in the top 30 were over forty years old.
re: State/National ChampionshipskenyonCycleist
May 27, 2003 7:12 PM
u are forgetting U23 national champs
If anythingshirt
May 28, 2003 8:34 PM
If anything, I'd raise the Masters cut off to 35 the way the NCNCA (oops, I mean the CA/NV portion of USCF) does for so many races. The idea that a 30-34 year old needs to be isolated from those cruel and powerful 19 year-olds seems mildly retarded to me. If anything, I'd add an espoir category to the mix and dump the 30-34.

But then again, if I were King everybody on this list could ride the bicycle of their choice on carless roads from 2-5pm every day.

Also, where are the little girls in that mix?