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Upgrades for 2010

Each weekend, racers whose average handicaps have dropped out of the minimum for their class are listed here. They are upgraded, after official approval at the following MACC meeting.

The list here shows the handicap (HC), the minimum HC for the old class, and the new class for the racer. If you are not already in the open Elite class, getting an upgrade is the ultimate honor in the MACC. Congratulations!

Upgrades after race 9 (Feb 21)

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old  Min  New
George Janes            GS    184   RN    24.55 VE2M  25  VE1M
Katie LeVan             GS    141   SD    33.86 E2W   35  E1W
Viviana Pawlick         GS    311   SN    74.41 CW    75  BW
Ben Youngheim           GS    312   GM    59.25 CM    60  BM

Upgrades after race 7 (Feb 7)

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old  Min  New
Roger Myers             GS    76    TO    24.89 VE2M  25  VE1M

Upgrades after race 4 (Jan 24)

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old  Min  New
Arthur Albin            GS    201   SN    44.31 BM    45  AM
Kathy Bauer             GS    55    SC    44.90 VAW   45  E2W
Eric Klaban             SL    84    TB    13.70 E1M   15  E
Stephan Morgan          GS    211   JD    73.48 DM    75  CM

Upgrades after race 2 (Jan 10)

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old  Min  New
Alexandra Carrico       GS    43    TR    34.43 E2W   35  E1W
Kristen Griffin         GS    68    SD    34.03 E2W   35  E1W
Emily Hoff              GS   168    AA    61.5  CW    75  AW*
Emily Hoff              SL   168    AA    69.6  CW    75  AW*

* Emily upgraded herself after getting handicaps on Saturday in the 50's. Although her average HC would put her in BW, she is running A handicaps this year. Wow!

Upgrades after the 2009 season: Start of 2010

March 8, 2009. All results for 2008 are dropped to start the handicaps for 2010. And guess what? There are three more upgrades. Woo Hoo!

Racer           Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Toru Kurokawa     GS    140   AA    41.34 VBM   45   AM
Samantha Sayers   GS    31    TO    31.14 E2W   35   E1W
Mark Warren       GS    81    TO    24.25 E2M   25   E1M   

MACC Handicaps

A handicap system is used to place MACC racers in appropriate ability classes, and to determine when racers should upgrade or downgrade to different classes.

MACC Class definitions
Handicap Calculations (pt 1)
Handicap Calculations (pt 2)

Handicap Theory (PDF)


The handicaps are determined largely by past histories of most of the racers competing on a course. Pacesetters provide quality control, and influence the handicaps of racers who are much faster or much slower than the average racer for the course.

Calculating and Reporting Handicaps

Handicaps are computed for all race times. However, the handicaps shown in the results on a race day are subject to adjusment and are not considered "final" until after the first MACC meeting that follows the race.

Handicaps are calculated using different equations for the first and second run, in order to compensate for differing course conditions. Therefore, identical times on the first and second runs can result in different handicaps.