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Upgrades for 2016

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 an open Elite class, getting an upgrade is the ultimate honor in the MACC. Congratulations!

Upgrade after Race 11

March 5. One upgrade.

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Lester Williams         GS    107   SW    43.23 SVBM  45.00 SVAM

Upgrades after Race 9

February 21. Three upgrades.

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Jeffery Burnette        GS    23    TB    34.81 AM    35    E2M
Jason Kanakry           GS    153   SD    14.43 E1M   15    E
Jamie Pawelek           GS    186   TB    59.91 CM    60    BM

Upgrades after Race 7 (Searchmont)

February 7. Three upgrades.

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Matthew Benivegna       GS    101   TO    12.39 E1M   15    E
Jim Geisling            GS    32    TR    34.51 VAM   35    VE2M
Dale Peppel             GS    59    TO    59.05 CM    60    BM

Upgrades after Race 4 (2016)

January 24. Five upgrades.

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Mike Jablonski          GS    222   TB    44.38 SVBM  45    SVAM
Dennis Parrott          GS    170   TB    59.08 CM    60    BM
Scott Soucie            GS    92    TB    43.40 BM    45    AM
Sandy Stober            GS    73    TO    57.94 BW    60    AW
Terri Warren            GS    106   TO    33.35 E2W   35    E1W

Upgrades after Race 11 (2015)

March 8, 2015. Four upgrades.

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Mike Altenburg          GS    134   TB    43.60 VBM   45    AM
Chad Buehler            GS    141   TO    14.37 E1M   15    OE
T.J Graham              GS    95    SN    24.46 E2M   25    E1M
Kassie McClain          GS    53    RN    44.67 AW    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.