Collapsing of Classes
With a view to fairness and competitiveness, where possible Singles League Racing try to avoid running classes with just 1 or 2 racers in them, and to that end any classes that had less than 3 racers in either vet or open at the start of the season get collapsed. This means that the vets and opens are combined into a single class, which we call simply the 'Men' or 'Women' category (i.e. 'M' where otherwise there would be 'VM' and 'OM', or 'W' where otherwise there would be 'VW' and 'OW').
Hence in some classes, racers who registered as a vet are finding themselves running in the same class as racers who registered for the open class. If this has happened to you it means that your class has been collapsed. Here's how this works for vets:
For example, if the S8 men classes have been collapsed, then the S8 vet men and S8 open men would be running together in the S8M class. Should an S9VM or S9OM racer bump up, they too would go into the S8M class. Should a vet in that class bump up they would go into the S7VM class.
Note that this is fixed at the start of the season and there will be no further collapsing or un-collapsing of classes later in the season.
Note too that our classes are based on handicaps, and so the vets in a given class race at about the same level as open racers in the same class. Hence, the often heard "its not fair that I have to race against these young hotshots" is totally wrong since the "old guy" is in the class because he is racing at the same level as those "young hotshots" and is competitive with them!