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Old 03-23-11, 01:21 PM   #1
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Clydesdale classification in races

I have recently taken part in both bike races and a Duathlon and in both cases the Clydesdale class was won by someone who was right at 6ft tall and weighed about 160lbs. This does not seem particularly fair to me. I was wondering if it wouldn't be more equitable to have the Clydesdale class be based on BMI of say 30 and above? In that case the 6ft rider would have to be 221lbs or more and at least I may have had a chance to catch him
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While I'm sure most racers, even recreational ones, know their BMI, I bet if you used it as the criterion for entry into a class, you'd get a whole lot of whining "how should I know what my BMI is?"

I think it's a great idea, though. Club-level bike racing is full of sandbaggers, in my experience.
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The definition of Clydesdale seems to have changed since my racing days. When the category was first introduced into the triathlon circuit in the late 80s/early 90s, (back when Budweiser was still the primary sponsor of many races, hence the division name,) it was strictly reserved for 200 pounders and over.

Somewhere along the way this 6' and up thing came into play, which is just ridiculous for exactly the reason that the OP mentioned, especially when there's such a diverse group in the division these days. Back 20 years ago, the starting line for the Clyde division races was about 4 or 5 of us; all in the low 200s and around 6'3" to 6'7"

How is it that a mere 3% above average height should qualify someone for the category? That's not even 1 SD, is it?
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While I'm sure most racers, even recreational ones, know their BMI, I bet if you used it as the criterion for entry into a class, you'd get a whole lot of whining "how should I know what my BMI is?"

I think it's a great idea, though. Club-level bike racing is full of sandbaggers, in my experience.
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I think it would be a pretty simple thing to have a link to a BMI calculator on the application or a simple table showing height weight and BMI and require someone to enter height and weight if they enter the Clydesdale class. Then have a weigh in for the winner to ensure no cheating.
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