Monday, October 12, 2009

1 speed 1 category

Alright, I know that this is a rehash of what I posted to my own website almost a year ago but this is where it started for me so here it is.

I am here to rant about the watering down of our sport. No, not the new road categories being haphazardly applied mountain biking. I am talking about the watering down of the most sacred sect of our sport; categories for single speeds. Just say NO! For gods sake ...1 Speed 1 Cat. With all the age groups and categories out there, can't we have one part of our sport where racing is about racing and not about the gear or the prize list .

Sure, promoters have seen growth in the number of Single Speed participants, but separating the group into age groups or "talent" groups doesn't make scoring any easier. There are also those who say "If we don't separate such a large group ... then what are the average riders' chances of winning." Who cares? Maybe they just don't understand that there need s to be a place for competition, that is about competition and not prizes or "winning your age group."

And what about those promoters who don't know where to put Single Speeds? Put us on the same course as "Cat 1's" after all, we have had enough of doing things by the lowest common denominator. At any given SS event you can have everything from first time racers to pro's in the cat, and that is just how it should be. One category, one distance, one start time and let the competition sort things out. We don't need promoters and officials deciding who is fast.

1 Speed 1 Category

If you want to win your age group, or talent group, there are plenty of categories out there. Just slap a cassette on that thing and have at.

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