We ran the story on ACA Mega Racers but what about the average racer? The results below show the number of races completed, followed by the number of ACA ACA licensed racers. For example: 315 racers completed one race.
- 1 race: 315
- 2-5 races: 728
- 6-10 races: 624
- 11-20 races: 555
- 21-30 races: 198
- 31-40 races: 58
- 41- or more races: 21
To us, this information is very interesting. In 2009 there were approximately 3000 ACA licensed racers. With some simple calculations, the data shows that approximately 10% of licensed racers do only 1 race and about 50% do less than 10 races.
So, what were the most popular races that these single racers completed? The top five races that were completed by a 1 time finisher are listed below. (example: 19, 1 time finishers completed Mt Evans Hill Climb etc)
- 19 Bob Cook Memorial - Mt Evans HC - Colorado Hill Climb Championships
- 19 Frostbite Time Trial
- 16 Wheels of Thunder
- 15 Longmont Criterium Classic
- 13 Leaving 99 Criterium Crusade
The fact that 3 out of the top 5 races are criteriums was very interesting to us. What can the ACA do to get broader racer participation? More criteriums? More hill climbs? Time trials?
There are also a couple sites that go a few steps further and analyze the results of each race and in some cases attempt to predict results. CrossResults is dedicated to cyclocross results. Along those same lines we received and email this morning from CyclingTechblog.com with an article that talks about race predicting for road results. The same people appear to be behind both sites. Let us know what you think!