We don't want to take away from anyone who wins a race, you earn the event you race and against all comers. Is the short track XC changing? Does the STXC suite the smaller and lighter?
Is the football field changing from 100 yards to 50 yards and the time of the event only one quarter instead of four? In ski racing, the SL is not the DH and in Freestyle the Bumps are not the Air events or the Half-pipe, etc...
We know this and that is why our bike solutions are not the same for all the events! We just want to know what the event is going to be? Then we can help the human brain race that event!
This explains the importance of understanding the relationship between structure and function!
The human body is an amazing and marvelous construction that is maintained by a complex system of checks and balances. It still has to fight gravity and balance.
The shape and size of the bones in the body can be viewed in function just as the structure of a hammer well suited for pounding nails. What are the nails you are working with? What is it you want to do?
How short is too short?
The short track is already short and for many of the pros who have trained most of career for longer races, it will change their outcome. For some it can take them 15 minutes to warm up and get going!
The XC sport in the past has been different. It has not been about drag racing, rather racing 500 mile like NASCAR.
Part of the reason we had so much success in the past was because we understand human anatomy & physiology, the structure & function of the human for the stimulus or the type of game you wish to play.
Many of the pros train for the longer races i.e. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team). That has been the type of races we have seen for the last 10 years. Take Pua Sawicki who took years to jump from the 24 hour races to the XC. Her mind, her body had to change to get to the top! She has had to work very hard to just get her best ever result on the XC tour.
Truth is, take a short legged, very light dog and watch it get up to speed very fast. They will out-sprint a long legged dog all day long. On the other side of dog types, the "up to speed & lighter dog" can't stay on trail like a hound that for hours on end goes the distance. It's just the way it is!
Changes in the Fontana STXC might have been critical to the outcome, shorter climbs and reducing the event to 15 minutes plus a lap vs. the normal 20 minutes plus three. It is still racing, but it is more about who gets the hole shot.
This changes the race to more of a drag race! Many of the pros have trained for longer events. They can spend 30 minutes just to warm up, even the toughest competitor.
This is costly for a person who have not trained for the drag racing or have the body type!
There are 206 bones in the average adult skeleton and they all have mass. You can't change gravity and the forces on earth and the fact that muscles pull on your bones.
|1||Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary)||60||pts|
|2||Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary)||55|
|3||Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) WN||51|
|4||Lene Byberg (Specialized)||47|
|5||Mical Dyck (Trek Canada) WN||44|
|6||Kelli Emmett (Giant Factory Team)||41|
|7||Emily Batty (Trek World Racing) WN||38|
|8||Pua Sawicki (Okole Stuff.Com) WN||35|
|9||Allison Mann (Rock N Road Cyclery)||33|
|10||Judy Freeman (Kenda/Felt) WN||31|
|11||Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt)||29|
|12||Krista Park (Cannondale/Incycle)||27|
|13||Amanda Sin (3 Rox Racing)||25|
|14||Sue Butler WN||23|