Was reviewing the USAC guidelines for upgrades. It dawned on me that the least experienced class (5) has the least stringent guidelines. 5-4: Experience in 10 mass start races.
Local Associations may also establish policies where upgrade credit is given for taking a sanctioned rider education clinic.
The most experienced classes have higher requirements for upgrade. 2-1: 30 points in any 12-month period
50 points in 12 months is an automatic upgrade
I don't understand why we would want the least experienced riders to be allowed to upgrade the fastest.
Is there a possibility for NCNCA to add to USAC's guidline for the 5-4 to be more along the lines of 4-3? (4-3: 20 points in any 12-month period; or experience in 25 races with a minimum of 10 top ten finishes with fields of 30 riders or more, or 20 pack finishes with fields over 50. 30 points in 12 months is an automatic upgrade.) NCNCA change 5-4 to 20 points in any 12 month period, but increase the race minimum to 30-35 races with a minimum of 12 top ten finishes and eliminate pack finishes.
This gives mentors more time to work with 5's if the promoters eliminate 4/5 fields. Once upgraded the rider will have greatly improved bike handling skills+safer+smarter+more confidence so combining 3/4 will be safer in the long run.