The races are graded in age groups (Age as at 31/12/21). Please note the earlier race start times. If you are in the wrong grade please email firstname.lastname@example.org or arrive early enough to change races at registration.
These grades have been calculated using the previous weeks results and any other information provided to registration. Please note which race you are in, and which wave start.
Changes can be made to your grade at registration if you feel you are in the wrong grade. Please get there early enough to arrange the change. We try to get it right but there are so many variables that we don’t know about.
Riders that are in the Yet to Grade list can select which race they would like to ride in on the day. Again … please allow time to do this at registration.
PLEASE NOTE: Each grade is riding a slightly different course this week. Even the Sport Grade has the addition of The Garden Path track. Check out the maps!
This week the grades have been based on the selection at entry. Everyone is racing the core loop.
If you selected A or B you will be in those grades (these have been checked with last years results)
If you selected C or ‘unsure’ then you will be in any of the mixed 1,2, or 3 grades. These are all equal and in most cases schools will be grouped. The results from these races, along with the selection of ‘All’ or ‘Sport’ for the next races, will determine the changes in grades.
This week the grades were organised with last weeks results, and some consideration of the time trial results on the more technical tracks.
There is no formula for this so it’s never going to be perfect. Please, if you have gone down a grade this may just mean that some more riders registered this week and there are more riders to rank. Just enjoy being near the front of a grade race!
If there is a glaring mistake or if you’re just not happy then please make contact with me. I’m happy to correct things.
NB. The grades are in a different order this week and there are three different courses. One for A,B, and C grades. One for D grade, and the core loop for sport grade.
Most strength in grading was given to the Red Core Loop time trial as Week 2 uses a similar course. (Other time trials may influence grading more for the following weeks)
Please don’t stress about your grades. Be aware that this is a task based on 250 riders on multiple time trials. ie. impossible to get perfect, especially if I don’t get information beyond the results on paper!
You can change your grade at registration if there has been an obvious mistake.
Please make a note with registration if you ever have a crash, a mechanical, or something that results in a time not reflective of your grade. Otherwise you will end up moving grades unnecessarily.
Remember … ride well each week and keep improving. This is the best way of improving grades.
Make contact with Murray if you need to make changes that are significant. I’m keen to get the grades as fair as is possible.
‘Yet to Grade’ riders
You need to get to registration with enough time to consider what grade you want to ride in. Maybe you know someone that is a similar level of rider? Remember you will get the best riding in the correct grade as you will have less people passing you or less people for you to pass!