Okay. I’ve been looking at the ranking system that USAC is using and can’t really figure it out at all. I’m pretty good with numbers, but these numbers are baffling. I’ve sent a bunch of emails to USAC and only have one returned. They corrected part of the issue, but just created or maybe more accurately, exposed another. Here’s an example below. This is cut from the USAC website for the Jingle Cross UCI race last year. Here is the Elite results and ranking points awarded. Remember the lower points are better.
Supposedly the higher quality the field, the lower the ranking points. Here in the Elite race, you have arguably 5 of the top 10 cross racers in the country. And in the Master’s race you have a bunch of Master’s guys. Not close to the same quality of field. But, the first two places in the Master’s race received a better ranking score than the winner of the Elite race.
I think I’ll eventually talk to someone at USAC that knows something about this ranking system, but it would be nice to be better informed before talking. So, if anyone has an interest in trying to figure out this new algorithm and could explain it to me in layman’s terms, I’d be more than happy to listen.