I would post this in the racing section but nobody seems to view it much. I have been riding seriously for only a year and so far this year I have competed in 4 good sized (300-1600 participants) XC races in South Korea. I'm asking this question because I have nobody around to compare myself with. My results in my category (Senior 2 - 25-30 yrs.) have been 22nd/122 , 17th/146, 1st/11, 14th/42. Are these reasonable results compared with first time racers in North America? I haven't had the chance to race in North America yet.
By the way. If you ever get a chance to come here it's a great place for riding. 70% of the country is covered with hills and low mountains (up to 6000 ft) all of which have some sort of trail due to hikers or military. Watch out for old land mines though. Bad for your tires.