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Racer Upgrades and Most Improved for 2006

At the end-of-year banquet recognition is given to the racers who have improved the most since last year. Here is a list of racers whose total improvement was at least 5 percent (when SL and GS improvements are added together). To be on the list, you must have at least 6 handicaps in each event this year and 6 in each event last year. (That is, 3 races in each event each year.)

Note: the changes shown are relative to your time. A -10 means you got 10% faster. In case it's not intuitively obvious, this is not exactly the same as the change in your handicap, because your handicap is relative to a reference racer with HC=0. If your old handicap was 50, then your time is 1.5 times longer than a racer with 0 HC. If you get 10% faster, then your new time is 1.35 (1.5 - 0.1*1.5 = 1.35) times the reference and your new handicap would be 35. Simple, eh?

Racer                    GS      SL     Total 
Chuck White -14.73 -16.86 -31.60 Jill Geyer -9.29 -10.84 -20.13 Joe Pioch -10.46 -6.10 -16.56 Doug Fellman -9.18 -5.77 -14.95 Fred Myers -1.96 -11.54 -13.50 Brandi Griffin -6.91 -5.81 -12.72 Sheila Masters -6.43 -5.70 -12.13 Greg Polopolos -4.92 -6.70 -11.63 James Smith -3.27 -8.00 -11.28 William Heckman -2.99 -8.28 -11.27 Bob Rossi -6.29 -4.89 -11.18 Debi Koltoniak -2.87 -7.77 -10.65 Jana Staron -5.50 -5.07 -10.57 Art LeVasseur -4.65 -5.72 -10.38 Robert Dusina -3.35 -7.01 -10.37 Daniel Bates -4.84 -5.15 -10.00 Daniel King -5.99 -3.85 -9.85 Holly Polopolos -7.28 -2.54 -9.83 Ginnie Uhley -2.46 -7.04 -9.50 Marylynn Webster -3.76 -5.60 -9.37 Ron Zawlocki -2.18 -7.13 -9.31 Janie Guiliani -4.01 -5.06 -9.07 Chip Dayton -4.71 -4.35 -9.07 Marc Michon -5.22 -3.79 -9.01 Drew Hilger -4.04 -4.92 -8.97 Daniel Aitken -4.59 -4.00 -8.59 Scott Tater -2.93 -5.34 -8.27 Chris Williams -0.81 -6.86 -7.68 Nick Mazzenga -1.29 -5.98 -7.27 Levi Rouster -5.47 -1.23 -6.71 Shawn Hughes -3.14 -3.33 -6.47 Romelle Taylor -3.86 -2.58 -6.45 David Wilberding -1.95 -4.46 -6.41 Gregory Bast -3.31 -3.09 -6.40 Cristin Cataldo -1.76 -4.40 -6.17 Peggy Lowe -5.46 -0.67 -6.14 Scott Pyles -3.41 -2.68 -6.10 Jim Michon -0.64 -5.20 -5.84 Ken McLaughlin -2.69 -3.09 -5.78 Thomas Smith -2.82 -2.83 -5.65 John Stewart -3.27 -2.07 -5.34 David Samalik -1.73 -3.57 -5.30 Sherrie Glas -0.55 -4.67 -5.23 Richard Synowiec -0.84 -4.32 -5.17

Upgrades

Each weekend, racers whose average handicaps have dropped out of the minimum for their class are listed here.

Between seasons, adjustments are made between slalom and GS handicaps, and all results from the season before last are removed. The starting handicaps for the 2007 season have been calculated, and a few racers are upgraded. Congratulations!

Upgrades for 2007

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Daniel Aitken           GS    127   SN    71.72 SVDM  75    SVCM
Kelsey Dubois           GS    419   TB    52.26 BW    60    AW
Paul Geyer              SL    63    TB    59.78 CM    60    BM
Jillian Jablonski       GS    345   TB    53.44 BW    60    AW
Timothy Loula           SL    428   TB    57.08 CM    60    BM
Douglas North           GS    429   TR    59.25 SVCM  60    SVBM
Douglas North           SL    429   TR    58.44 SVCM  60    SVBM
Scott Pyles             SL    149   RN    24.12 VE2M  25    VE1M
Bob Rossi               GS    201   TB    74.46 DM    75    CM
Jana Staron             SL    408   PH    32.23 E2W   35    E1W
Charles Sullivan        SL    46    TB    71.55 SVDM  75    SVCM
Chuck Trewin            GS    51    TB    59.97 CM    60    BM

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!

Upgrades After Race 9

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Daniel Bates GS 180 TO 34.96 VAM 35 VE2M Jill Geyer GS 62 TB 44.70 AW 45 E2W Daniel King GS 273 SW 57.96 CM 60 BM Ken McLaughlin GS 67 SW 34.00 AM 35 E2M Marc Michon SL 368 TB 34.43 AM 35 E2M Diane Pribis GS 468 TO 85.27 DW 90 CW Jennifer Shorter GS 457 RN 32.79 E2W 35 E1W Chuck White GS 422 SW 59.50 CM 60 BM

Upgrades After Race 7

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Mi    New
Dan Crishon GS 491 XX 74.53 DM 75 CM Dan Crishon SL 491 XX 74.01 DM 75 CM Doug Fellman GS 195 TB 68.66 SVDM 75 SVCM Greg Fitzpatrick SL 454 JD 58.26 CM 60 BM Greg Fitzpatrick GS 454 JD 50.07 CM 60 BM Nick Koltoniak GS 442 TO 33.79 AM 35 E2M Romelle Taylor GS 238 JD 33.65 AM 35 E2M

Upgrades After Race 4

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Robert Dusina GS 343 TB 43.70 BM 45 AM Brandi Griffin SL 329 TO 74.63 CW 75 BW Brandi Griffin GS 329 TO 69.26 CW 75 BW Mike Haffey GS 55 TB 43.22 SVBM 45 SVAM Jillian Jablonski SL 345 TB 74.35 CW 75 BW Veronica E Jackson SL 451 JD 88.75 DW 90 CW Teresa Klaban SL 297 TB 34.16 E2W 35 E1W Teresa Klaban GS 297 TB 34.67 E2W 35 E1W Art LeVasseur GS 138 SN 59.51 CM 60 BM Sheila Masters GS 346 TO 44.98 AW 45 E2W Lyron Maxey GS 352 JD 57.15 CM 60 BM Fred Myers SL 81 SW 74.90 SVDM 75 SVCM John Stewart GS 196 SD 24.04 VE2M 25 VE1M Chuck White GS 422 SW 69.91 DM 75 CM Chuck White SL 422 SW 74.46 DM 75 CM Mark A Jackson GS 475 JD 53.5 CM 60 BM

Upgrades After Race 2

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Coralia Boudreaux GS 341 TB 73.17 CW 75 BW Jeffrey Ford GS 335 SD 22.12 E2M 25 E1M Drew Hilger GS 406 RN 24.14 E2M 25 E1M Nick Mazzenga GS 143 SN 43.87 BM 45 AM Moby Mick Serafinski SL 90 TR 54.48 SVCM 60 SVBM


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)

Pacesetters

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.