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    XC Racers 50+ years old

    I'm curious if any of your racing organizations shorten distances for XC races depending on the age category within the same classification. For instance, do Expert racers of a certain age do a shorter distance than younger Expert age categories? I noticed that the UCI Master's Championship races are a lot shorter once you reach 50. Just wondering if other organizations do the same.

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    Yes - here in Oregon some of the race series have shortened distances for Expert 40+. In other races, they often let the 40+ racers vote whether they want to do the long or short course (invariably the vote is for 'go long!'). I prefer to do a longer course, although maybe I'll feel different when I'm 50 ?

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    I am out in Washington but I have raced in Arizona and Idaho also. Most of the races have been the same distance. I think twice we ran shorter races on short courses because the officials wanted to minimize all the passing. In those instances the women and 50+ ran a lap less. A lot of the 50+ guys have pretty good endurance but after 3 laps the young guys who go out a couple of minutes earlier would be passing the women and 50+ guys.

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    This season in the Mo. NORBA series the class was expert/pro open, no age classes. A # of older experts catted down, (no age classes in sport} switched to single speed or endurance. The attendance at xc races here have dwindled to the point that age classes are hard to justify. I'm 53 and took a serious beating in the expert class this year.

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