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Upgrades for 2008

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

Upgrades after the 2008 season: Start of 2009

January 7, 2009. At the start of the 2009 season, we drop all the result from 2007 in the handicap calculations. Racers who did not make all races in 2008 will have different handicaps when those old times are dropped, and a few of you have upgraded for 2009. (These are in addition to the other upgrades shown previously.)

Racer           Type  Bib Club HC     Old  Min  New
Lyron Maxey      GS   123  JD 34.55   AM   35  E2M
Zach Smith       SL   109  SW 14.06   E1M  15  E
Laura White      SL   173  AA 58.73   BW   60  AW

Upgrades after races 10 & 11

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Gino Chiappetta         GS    270   TO    24.22 E2M   25.00 E1M
Steve Hark              GS    36    RN    13.87 VE1M  15.00 E
Allen Mercier           GS    51    TR    59.12 SVCM  60.00 SVBM
Douglas North           GS    73    TR    44.99 SVBM  45.00 SVAM
Joseph Smyk             GS    240   AA    44.72 SVBM  45.00 SVAM
Thomas Tocco            GS    301   GM    33.50 VAM   35.00 VE2M

Upgrades after races 8 & 9

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Chip Dayton             GS    263   SW    33.55 AM    35.00 E2M
Brian Dusina            GS    78    TB    44.94 VBM   45.00 VAM
Frank Dusina            GS    287   TB    32.70 AM    35.00 E2M

Upgrades after races 5, 6, & 7

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Andrew Kerbrat          GS    91    SW    59.01 CM    60.00 BM
Ken Robinette           GS    274   TR    43.79 VBM   45.00 VAM

Upgrades after races 3 & 4

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Chip Dayton             GS    263   SW    42.81 BM    45.00 AM
Katie LeVan             GS    141   TB    41.22 AW    45.00 E2W
Jenessa Smith           GS    65    SD    34.70 E2W   35.00 E1W
Scott Soucie            SL    307   TB    59.85 CM    60.00 BM

January 22, 2008. The 2008 season started with the introduction of new racers, including a new team, GSPS Racing (GR in the results). Some of you new racers got some speed before the weekend was over, and are moved up into faster classes. Plus, we have some returning racers who also got faster. If you're on this list, congratulations, and get ready for your new class.

Upgrades after races 1 & 2 (2008 Season)

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

John F Anderson         SL    286   GM    56.22 SVCM  60    SVBM
John F Anderson         GS    286   GM    58.33 SVCM  60    SVBM
Jenna Barr              GS    150   GR    34.02 E2W   35    E1W
Jenna Barr              SL    150   GR    32.62 E2W   35    E1W
Alex Bernstein          GS    236   GR    42.41 BM    45    AM
Ronnie Brant            SL    130   GR    21.76 E2M   25    E1M
Corey Cosgrove          SL    134   GR    18.24 E2M   25    E1M
Corey Cosgrove          GS    134   GR    21.12 E2M   25    E1M
Jennifer Glass          GS    288   AA    73.70 CW    75    BW
Peggy McLaughlin        GS    207   SW    86.75 DW    90    CW
Katie Preston           GS    145   GR    33.00 E2W   35    E1W
Stella Resko            GS    162   AA    69.01 CW    75    BW
Thomas Tocco            SL    301   GM    40.0  VBM   45    VAM
Thomas Tocco            GS    301   GM    37.7  VBM   45    VAM
David Whalen            GS    303   GR    20.12 E2M   25    E1M
David Whalen            SL    303   GR    16.03 E2M   25    E1M
Laura White             GS    173   AA    74.76 CW    75    BW

April 10, 2007. The handicaps have been been prepared for the 2008 season. Three of you ended the season with enough improvement to upgrade, starting the 2008 season in new classes.

Upgrades after the 2007 Season

Racer                  Type   Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New

Mike Cherette           GS    283   SD    31.76 VAM   35    VE2M
Jill Jablonski          GS    86    TB    44.96 AW    45    E2W
Tom Klaban              SL    199   TB    23.96 VE2M  25    VE1M

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.