I’ve seen many of these types of races where the “A” riders begin 12 minutes after the “D” racers begin.
What’s the purpose of these races? As a “D” rider, I already know I’m slow, so what good will it do that a guy that started 12 minutes later also beats me? Are these races like an ego trip for faster riders? I’m almost positive that real “A” riders usually win these races.
Win or lose, I don’ see the benefit for a someone in “D”: if I win then it was because I started 12 minutes before “A” riders. If I lose then I’m even slower than I thought.