The good people over at the news have announced the updated NUE series, including a peculiar new addition to the rules:
"Organizers also changed the rules for winning the series. To claim the title in any of the four divisions - men, women, singlespeed, masters - next season will require a minimum of five races, up one from four in previous years. However, all racers who complete four races will receive a national ranking and series awards."
Wait! Now I have to do five races to place in the series?
No, no. read again.
So only if I was planning to win the series would I have to race 5? Interesting. So basically they're making the top five in each division, because that's usually all who are competing for the title, pay an extra couple hundred dollars (entry fee...unless it's waived...I suppose it sometimes is for these folks..., travel, food, etc.) to race a fifth and compete for the series win.
Luckily for PA single-speeder's like Pflug and Ferrari, consistently on the podium, there are at least 5 east coast options for them to choose from. Makes it a hell of a lot easier to compete in it than out here in the west. You know what...? There's a lot of Pennsyl-tuckian podium takers in the NUE (Cheryl, Vicki, so on and so forth). Maybe they should make a ruling that if you hail from the keystone state you only have to do four. You know, a little kickback for supporting the series for so long.