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We have a few pieces of info for the upcoming season! Here are some changes to expect, starting in September:
-Elite Men and Masters will have USAC points calculated together. Tailwind points, however, will stay separate for Elite Men, Masters 35+ and Masters 45+.
-Everyone MUST have an annual license EXCEPT CAT 5 Men and CAT 4 Women. These individuals have the option to either purchase annual OR 1-day licenses. (SO, make sure you renew your license now!)
-We are keeping our registration prices the same as the 2012 season!
-Our season opener, the Ithaca Grand Prix, will not be included in our series registration tickets. If you are racing Ithaca (but still want to get the sweet Tailwind deal for the series) register for Ithaca either online at www.usacycling.org or at the race. Then, the remaining Tailwind races will be available as a series ticket both online at www.usacycling.org and at the Waterford Hills Day 1 race on September 21. With this, you will get the remaining 8 races for the price of 6.
-Tailwind is moving away from A/B/C designators and utilizing category descriptions this season. Look at the chart below to see how the categories will be broken up for the upcoming races.
This new schedule is something that has been in the works for a while now and, unfortunately, transition can be a very tough period! We have been taking into account racers’ input from the previous years, along with actively speaking with other promoters and USAC officials. With the incorporation of the new Cat 5 and licensing rules, now is the best time to start separating the categories into their own respective races, giving athletes the ability to truly compete against individuals of their racing level. Blurred category lines can be confusing and take away from the overall racing experience--so, we are working to even out the playing field and make racing other USAC events less hectic license wise. We understand the upgrade process may be difficult in the beginning, but keep working to upgrade your license to what feels the most appropriate racing level for you. In the meantime, get out there and have some fun!
Our new on-line registration is through www.usacycling.org. You must create an account (don't worry - you are NOT required to hold a USAC license to do this!). Afterwards, go to the 'EVENTS' link on USAC's home page, click the 'On-line' registration tab, under the 'Links' tab, click on 'register for an event', search 'Michigan', and look for 'Event Name' on the list!
Check out the "View Registrations and Race Predictor" for our events on the USAC registration page. Don't have points by your name? Snag a license, do some races and start earning points!