So it's that time of the year where I dust off the bikes, renew the license, and have visions of grandeur.
I put in for my Track 5->4 upgrade since I've done the track class at Giordana plus raced a number of weeknight races (even though those don't technically count I guess, the class does).
I was reading about the 4->3 upgrade, and I don't understand it. Not that it really matters or there will be enough USAC events run at Giordana for me to make it, but I'd at least like to understand it. The relevant bit is below.
http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=2626 is the whole thing.National Championships and Cat A, B, and C events: 7, 5, 3, 2, and 1 for each event.
For all other events, upgrade points are 5,3,2,1 and are based on an omnium of the eventís races. If the race ran individual events but did not award omnium prizes, the points are still allocated as though they had run an omnium.
WTF does this mean? If you do an E track event (everything I see seems to be E, if it's USAC at all) that's a 2 day event, and has maybe 5 races, and you score it as an omnium, even though it's not an omnium, and even though you maybe won a race, you placed 5th overall when scored as an omnium, you get 0 points for that? Even if you win the whole weekend you get 5 points? Out of the 20 you need?
Does anyone ever actually upgrade on the track, or is USAC's grasp on track much less than the road and most stuff is run informally and under ATRA with just local velodrome assigned categories? Seems like even if I won every USAC event I could find within 200 miles this year I still probably wouldn't qualify for an upgrade.