I remember saying something about the fact that Masters 55+ and 65+ won't bounce back from injury as well as 25 year olds, so they tend to be more cautious. Plus they don't have an excess of the take stupid risks hormone like younger guys. But then this is a state championship race, so that may induce some risk behaviour.
Is this your "A" race for the rest of the season? If so, try to convince your team to go. Otherwise, it might not be worth it to make waves.