In case you needed any evidence that the USA Cycling rankings don't mean much, here it is.  Click on the image for a good laugh.

I'll remember this forever.

That's #1 out of a total of 28 Cat 4 women criterium racers in Massachusetts.  For comparison, 506.79 points would put me into 41st place out of 82 riders in IL.  Quite a difference.  According to the USA Cycling ranking FAQtheir new ranking system takes into account who you race against, as well as how you do.  So having a the chutzpah to put yourself out there against strong people pays off.  So thanks, Illinois women, for being such strong, badass racers.  Hopefully I can make you proud here on the East Coast.