Sorry folks – I’m going to need a little more help here. Trying to understand how it works. What is the difference between the Master and Super Master?
And am I an ‘expert’ having finished half way up the points in the last Brass Monkeys 2 hr race (I wouldn’t call myself one! It was my first non team xc race.)? The Spring series feels like a step up to me?!?
And isn’t the point about number of laps, moot – if you get lapped by the leaders, you finish straight after they do anyway, irrespective of whether you do the number of race laps… Is that right?
Alan – the obvious answer if you really are a novice is Fun class, if you want to race more competitively for a little longer try Open (2 laps) or Sport usually 3 laps. Masters tends to be very competitive and is 3 laps with lots of elbows on the start straight and is there for those between 30 and 39. SuperMasters is the same age group but with a bonus lap.
If you ride more than once a week then look at Open or Sport. If you want a bit more of a race go for Masters.
Chum – I suggest that half way up Brass Monkeys doesn’t make you an expert so Masters or Super Masters depending on how many laps you fancy. Top 10 consistently would make a sensible thought to go to Experts but really it isn’t going to be worth your while. It is where the really fast guys with team bikes, jerseys and tough training plans hang out.
If I can hijack this. I move to grand veteran this year courtesy of being 50 later on. Doesn’t look like it’s any less competitive than vets and the one lap less doesn’t help my preferance for steady starts and building up. There’s nothing stopping me going to supervets is there?