Thanks for thinking outside the box and trying to improve things. One of the main reasons we eliminated the past 5 points for starting, was that there were people who were in casts that would show up to a race, start their bike, ride 100 feet, then quit. There was enough member complaints that we removed that feature.
IF we decided to bring something similar back, you bring up a great point about only getting 3 points and doing the whole race, where a DNF would net 5.
In the past, members were saying we did not have enough classes, hence what we have today. We may in fact have too many classes, but we cannot make a class for everything and everyone.
The idea of putting all the beginners into one class is novel and worth a look see at least, but I'm not sure a 21 year old beginner should race against a 45 year old beginner.
Catering to the membership is what the OMRA tries to do within reason and for the better of the organization as a whole. Asking the membership what class they will run in the next year is unrealistic and besides, once the word's out who is in what class, people will change again, so they have a better chance of placing. The idea of changing the class designations year to year just doesn't sound good and proves inconsistant.
We've beat this Vet AA Class thing to a pulp and, while I personally am not opposed to this, the promoting clubs are, plus when these Vet AA riders get older, that class will possibly/probably die. Seems like a generational thing to me. What will be next, a Vet 50 AA Class?
Regarding combining anyone over 50 into one class, I don't think that's valid, although enlarging the classes would be great. As an example, I'm in the 50 Class and, as slow as I ride, I'm still faster than most anyone in the 60 and 70 year range. That's not unlike me racing with the 20 year old racers - there's a lot of reflex and energy differences. I personally feel that anyone who's still racing in the 60+ age group should be able to race for free and all given a trophy no matter where they place. They are the real racers IMHO.
Just my thoughts, and keep the positive ideas coming!
You don't stop riding because you grow old, you grow old because you stop riding.