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RC: Weight Division Points
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- Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 10:41:10 -0700
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The issue boils down to fairness - some weight division riders have to
compete solely against those in their own wgt division to get their
points and some wgt division riders get to count the entire field to
calculate their weight division points - without competing against anyone
else in the ride - because they are the only one in their wgt
division... this can and does occur at rides in the same region. This is
not unique to any one region as it happens in all regions..no rules
are broken......but it is not fair.
I am not saying keep it at 11 riders to get full points. Maybe we
should make it the same, or a similar formula, as Junior Points which
requires 6 Juniors to get full points. AERC definitely separates the
Junior Division from the other divisions yet, only sometime separates the
divisions. Is there a difference between the Junior
Division and the four Senior Divisions? If you argue that Juniors are a
different category and it is not fair for them to use the total number of
starters to calculate their points, then why is it sometimes fair to use
number of starters to calculate points for the wgt divisions - and at
other times only use the total number of same wgt division starters?
In the 1st scenario the wgt division rider need only complete the ride to
get bonus points....in the 2nd scenario the wgt division rider must
finish ahead of other same wgt division riders to get bonus points. one
rider can ride at their own leisurely pace and get maximum bonus points
while the second rider must compete against and finish ahead of other
riders to get maximum bonus points.. Is this Fair? Is this even close to
a level playing field?
To put it simply, sometimes we are judging apples to apples - and
sometimes when there are not enough apples.... we judge apples to
oranges. Sure, they are both fruits but I believe everyone would agree
that they are very different and should only be compared in the sense
they are both fruits - Apples to Oranges is a comparison that makes for
Overall Placing. Apples to Apples is same division placing.
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