The Tour of Hermann is next weekend and I'm trying to figure out which races to do. It's an omnium. I'll have teammates, but I'm not thrilled about the women's races.
In the criterium we're slated for a mere 25 minutes - 5 minutes longer than the juniors. For the road race, we've a wholloping 35 miles, about 50% of most of the races we'll be doing as part of the pro/1/2 fields at Joe Martin. I suppose the intention is to trim it down to make it more accessible to cat 4 women (we don't have 5's). It also gives the cat 4 women a chance at the equitable prize monies. So, it's a good for the cat 4 women.
For me, I guess it comes down to what I really want out of the trip.
Do I want a better chance of offsetting my costs by doing the women's events, or do I want to make a donation and stretch myself in preparation for events like the Joe Martin Memorial Stage Race and the Nature Valley Grand Prix? Now that it's written out, the correct course of action, at least individually, appears quite clear.
When upper category women opt out of women's races, does it diminish the event in any way? Or, maybe it doesn't even matter.