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Upgrades for 2017

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!

After Race 11

March 5, 2017. Three upgrades!

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Schyler Kangas          GS    111   AA    34.45 AM    35    E2M
Joe Pioch               GS    171   SW    73.51 DM    75    CM
Laura White             GS    79    SD    43.74 VAW   45    E2W

After Race 9

February 26, 2017. One upgrade!

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Alan Osterdale          GS    167   AA    74.66 DM    75    CM

After Race 7

February 5, 2017. Three upgrades!

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
Alfred Cureau           GS    151   JD    73.20 DM    75    CM
Gregg Glasco            GS    87    SD    34.97 VAM   35    VE2M
Peter LaPlante          GS    115   TO    34.28 AM    35    E2M

After Race 3

January 22, 2017. No upgrades this week.

After Race 2

January 8, 2017.

Racer                 Type    Bib   Club  HC    Old   Min   New
John Bowers             GS    198   AA    74.80 DM    75.00 CM

In addition, Shayanne Glas upgraded herself from E1W to EW, earning the gratitude of all E1W racers and also earning 2nd and 3d place finishes in the fastest women's class.

In the same manner, new racer Michael Cox was placed by MACC in VBM. After winning by a large margin, he upgraded himself to VE2M using his new handicap. Congratulations and thanks from all the VBM!

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.