So Single Speed is now an official USAC category. For 2010 the Marathon Single Speed National Championship will be part of the events at this years Firecracker 50.
And so things at the national level have for the time being slid a appropriate direction. Yes there are two categories, mens and womens, but it is a step forward.
Don't get me wrong here, I know that the 24hr Solo Single Speed category was recognized in October. But after talking to USAC officials both at the Firecracker 50 and the OTC, it looked like things were going to be handled on a case by case basis. Having a Marathon National Championship for 2010 is another step forward.
But Single Speed is still not a licensed category, and so local organizers are still left on there own to decide if the category will be split. And so it is with Dawn til' Dusk in Gallup this year.
Once again, don't get me wrong, this is a great event run by a great group of people. But the race is run with age grouped Single Speed categories.
Now is the time. Like it or not the Un-Category has become a category. We now have National Championships. Now is the time for Single Speed to be a licensed category, One Speed One Category.