Year long number(plate) vs. per race

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  1. vtminuteman

    vtminuteman Monkey

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    Seems wasteful to get a new number plate for each USA Cycling MTB race I do. I thought of this when I found my mountain of old number plates. Start it with pros and give a number plate to use year long with their license. Your number could be picked or assigned when you renew your license. It would save race promoters money/time, allow racers to keep the plate on most of the time, and is standard practice in other forms of racing. One-day license racers would be given a cheap plate at the race with a non-conflicting number.

    Whats your opinion?
     

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    thom9719 Turbo Monkey

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    there are a ton of racers. you would have to have 5 didgets at for all the riders.

    It is nice going to a race and getting a number plate. it's a cool memory when you do well, and something you can destroy when you don't :D

    Kyle,
     
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    the default AMA 3 digit plates are the last 3 digits of your AMA number. There are hundreds of thousands of AMA members and I have only seen conflicts a couple of times and each of those was when someone was not running their assigned number. License numbers always stay the same from year to year.

    AMA pros with a championship title have the option to select a permanent 2 digit number. Most do. Then the rest of the 2 digits get delt out to pros with the most points. So basically, there are about 70 numbers dealt out after the permanent numbers.

    Amatuer racers have the option to run a 2 digit number based on their season points. However, that only works in that class. More of a pain than it's worth.

    Then there are people like me who raced non-sanctioned races prior to racing an AMA race. I had to pick a number so I chose my son's birthday. Never had a problem.

    I would work good to run permanent numbers. BMX does it too.
     
  4. vtminuteman

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    Thats why I said start with the pros. Last I checked there is not more than 10,000 us pro mtb racers. Try the idea with pros(smaller class) and go from there. Pros tend to race the most in a single season so being able to cut down on the # of plates would be nice.
     
  5. Damo

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    Also different race series (at least here in EU) would make that difficult... I race all over europe and a fixed number system would not work. It would be nice though to be able to keep the same number year-round...
    Perhaps each race series could adopt this idea...
     
  6. DirtyMike

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    Its a nice IDea, But it just wont work. Best you can do is have teh same number for a series, or a single location, for example, Fontana, I will have teh same number There only all year, of coarse when I go to Mammoth or Northstar, I will have to have a different number for those locations and so forth. Oh well what to do right?
     
  7. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    An intermediate move might be the ability to use the same plate for a whole series, ie the VT state Mt. Snow races - same plate can be used all year, minus the Nat's.
     
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    Snowshoe used static numbers for their series last year. In fact, it cost you $5 if you forgot your plate.
     
  9. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    It was $15 at Snow if you didn't reuse your plate and needed a new one!