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Racer Upgrades for 2003

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. Congratulations!

Separate handicaps are calculated for slalom and giant slalom. Your class is determined by the lowest of the two. The handicap limits for each class are shown below the lists of upgrades.

Upgrades After Race 11 Based on HC

For the first time ever, there are no end-of-season upgrades. Everyone who was going to upgrade this year has already done it. Congratulations to all who have improved!

Upgrades After Race 9 Based on HC

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Daniel King GS 273 SW 74.25 D1M 75 CM Karl Kuspa GS 333 SN 43.48 BM 45 AM Mona Nazzaro GS 123 SW 72.47 CW 75 BW Mike Sayers GS 168 TO 24.56 VE2M 25 VE1M Bill Swords jr SL 366 SD 44.32 BM 45 AM Paul Williams GS 217 AA 34.46 VAM 35 VE2M

Upgrades After Race 7 Based on HC

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Greg Carlone            GS    194   FT    34.78 VAM   35    VE2M
Dale Fitkin-peppel      GS    259   TO    70.51 SVDM  75    SVCM
Chris Glasco            GS    268   SD    44.87 AW    45    E2W
James Hart              GS    252   TO    44.31 VBM   45    VAM
Brad Mazzenga           GS    34    SN    59.19 CM    60    BM
Jon Riggs               GS    384   TO    72.31 D1M   75    CM
Pamela Roberts          GS    183   TO    82.83 DW    90    CW
Jared Sonnenberg        GS    44    FT    43.48 BM    45    AM
Shawn York              GS    240   JD    59.28 CM    60    BM

Upgrades After Race 4 Based on HC

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Todd Kuttner            GS    385   XX    34.89 AM    35    E2M
Don La fond             GS    272   SN    59.21 SVCM  60    SVBM
Mark Soloman            GS    371   JD    56.2  CM    60    VBM

Upgrades were also made for the 3 members of the men's D2 class. The MACC noted that all 3 racers had times that placed them in the competitionin the faster D1 class. (Marcel Lim now has a 2nd and 3d finish, Bernard Bast finished 6 of 10, and Nick Katrivesis had the 4th fastest SL time before DQing the 2nd run.) Welcome to D1!

Upgrades to D1 After Race 2 Based on Placing

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  Place in D1
Marcel Lim              SL    318   SC    2
Bernard Bast            SL    215   SW    6
Nick Katrivesis         SL    388   SW    4 (1 run)

Upgrades After Race 2 Based on HC

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Andrew Aho              GS    174   SC    44.10 BM    45    AM
Kathy Carrico           SL    23    TR    72.71 CW    75    BW
Levi Rouster            GS    375   SN    38.61 BM    45    AM

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.