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RE: Women's State Road Race posted by Andy Hollinger on 8/29/2016 11:30:00 PM.We tried morning times for women ... but they didn't come. In 2010 the start time was 8:45 and we had 9 pre-reg ... but maybe it's time to try again ... I've written to Bonnie to see if she'll let me change it ... and we'll put the Cat 4 men at 1:P and Men 5 at 1:15 ... what the heck, if the USAC will let us, we'll do it.


Dear Andy Hollinger, et al.,

We know this feedback has been given many times before, as many women will no longer participate in this race. Last year the women's Cat1/2 and Cat3 podiums (races that were 66 miles scheduled around 1 p.m.) could barely stand up for a photo due to heat exhaustion, so we may be asking for something obvious.

Can you please schedule the start times for the State Championship road races based on skill and distance instead of our genders?

As an example, the Men's Cat 5 race is scheduled at 9 a.m. and is only 33 miles, whereas the Women's P12 field is scheduled to race 66 miles at 1 p.m.

Also, shortening races in response to this complaint is not what these athletes are looking for; please keep the races over the minimum qualifying distance for upgrade points according to the USAC rule book (over 40 miles for women's Cat 3).

Thank you for putting on this race, and thank you for listening to ways to make it better. We know you can't control the weather, but you can control who gets access to the premium start times.


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