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Upgrades for 2009

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 season (March 8)

All results for 2008 are dropped to start the handicaps for 2010. And guess what? There are three more upgrades. Woo Hoo! (Click here for the new handicaps for 2010.)
Racer           Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Toru Kurokawa     GS    140   AA    41.34 VBM   45   AM
Samantha Sayers   GS    31    TO    31.14 E2W   35   E1W
Mark Warren       GS    81    TO    24.25 E2M   25   E1M   

Upgrades after race 11 (March 7)

Racer           Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Timothy Loula     GS    247   TB    44.92 BM    45   AM  

Upgrades after race 9 (Feb 22)

Racer           Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Doug Fellman      GS    250   TB    58.05 SVCM  60   SVBM  

Upgrades after race 7 (Feb 8)

Racer           Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min  New
Arthur Ellwanger  GS    204   TB    57.22 SVCM  60   SVBM
K J Talsma        GS    304   SC    34.97 AM    35   E2M

Upgrades after race 4 (Jan 25)

Racer           Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old  Min  New
Curtis Hoff       GS    305   AA    58.40 SVCM  60  SVBM
Andrew Kerbrat    GS    91    SW    44.84 BM    45  AM
Chris Williams    GS    278   SN    44.22 BM    45  AM

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       

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.