The KC ’07 Nationals committee voted to add a women’s B race. Kudos for them. I’ve heard some comments (including Erik V.below) wondering why there should be B races at Nationals. As I see it there are more than a couple reasons:
- Economics. B racers generate revenue. The promoters are already spending $$$ and it makes financial sense to add a couple races at low extra expense to earn more money. The promoters aren’t getting rich on hosting Nationals so extra income is meaningful.
- Two race weekend. Many of the non-elite age groupers like to schedule an extra race over the weekend. Making the trip for two races rather than just one might be an incentive to travel.
- Local participation. Allowing for locals to race at Nationals gets more local buy-in and “ownership.”
The big deal about no women’s B race was that there were offerings for men in that category but not for women. Thankfully, that has been rectified.