Just trying to get some opinions from mature riders on all categories of bikes on whether one agrees with the ban on recumbents competing in the National Senior Olympics. I myself am a recumbent rider and on my HiRacer last year had the best time while competing in my State Games. Last year was not a qualifying year for the National Games which are held in alternate years. This year the top 3 riders qualify for the Nationals.
In going to the National Website I learned that recumbents were not allowed for the current Time Trial events at the National Games. Evidently the Senior Olympics follows USCF guidlines which also bans recumbents from competing with DF's but does allow them to compete if a seperated category is established at the event. There is the "Catch -22", nothing says that an event needs to establish a recumbent category. Thereby there are no recumbents doing Time Trials at the majority of cycling events (including the National Senior Games).
Prior to 2004, USCF regs. did allow recumbents to compete at Time Trial events and therefore they were also allowed in the National Senior Games. States are persuaded to use the same format and regs. that National games have but my State welcomed me to participate. A couple of states actually do have a recumbent category seperate (most states have none so recumbents don't compete). My state director did not want to do this and thought a bicycle was a bicycle. This year to lessen confusion he felt he might have to set up a seperate recumbent category and I maybe the only one in it and of course I could not go on to the National Games.
I understand the aero advantage of recumbent but it is offset by the extra weight of the bike. Mine probably weighs 10 pounds more than the carbon frames currently being used on DF's. I really don't see the reason I can't compete equally in a Time Trial event. What really doesn't make sense is that recumbents might be a better choice for a lot of Senior Riders who have difficulty riding DF's. I myself discovered recumbents after having back surgery. Doesn't seem right to me to ban a healthy activity that was allowed 5 years ago.
Just trying to get some feedback and ideas.