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Upgrades for 2012

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 2012 Race 11 (Start of 2013 Season)

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Doug Cornwell           GS    244   SD    44.98 VBM   45    AM
Timothy Loula           GS    210   TB    34.95 VAM   35    VE2M
Elliot Swiss            GS    237   SW    59.99 CM    60    BM

Upgrades after 2012 Race 9

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Mike Altenburg          GS    235   TB    59.24 CM    60    BM
Joseph Connelly         GS    185   TO    56.60 CM    60    BM
Frank Dusina            GS    196   TB    24.42 E2M   25    E1M
Lori Paarlberg          GS    105   SD    42.63 VAW   45    E2W
Jamie Pawelek           GS    219   TB    68.32 DM    75    CM

Upgrades after 2012 Race 7

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Dana Bloodworth         GS    180   SN    71.93 CW    75    BW
Josh Spinney            GS    92    SN    30.50 AM    35    E2M

Upgrades after 2012 Race 4

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Ryan Bloodworth         GS    245   SN    59.40 CM    60    BM
Kathy Carrico           GS    23    TR    59.92 BW    60    AW
Susan Maples            GS    51    SN    59.44 BW    60    AW
Nick Mazzenga           GS    213   SN    34.71 AM    35    E2M
John Pomerville         GS    58    SD    24.75 VE2M  25    VE1M

Upgrades after 2012 Race 2

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Cliff Langdon           GS    49    TO    24.56 VE2M  25   VE1M
Elliot Swiss            GS    237   SW    72.69 DM    75   CM

Upgrades for start of 2012 (2010 results not counted)

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Suzanne Holmes          GS    334   RN    44.18 VAW   45   E2W

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.