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    Race lengths/Times - Masters vs cats

    What's the logic behind having Master's races run 20-50% longer than straight cat races (i.e. Masters 4/5 crit = 60 min, Cat 4 crit=40 min or Masters = 50 miles, cat 4 = 30 miles)?

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    Mostly comes down to marketing. There's a limited amount of time to put on races for all categories, so promoters allocate that time in a fashion that gets them the best turnout.

    One factor to consider though is that an open Masters Race is pretty much a Pro 1,2,3 race. So most of the people in the field will be used to doing longer races than a 4/5 field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Mostly comes down to marketing. There's a limited amount of time to put on races for all categories, so promoters allocate that time in a fashion that gets them the best turnout.

    One factor to consider though is that an open Masters Race is pretty much a Pro 1,2,3 race. So most of the people in the field will be used to doing longer races than a 4/5 field.
    The races I'm looking at have Master's 4/5 races that typically run longer than the cat 4 races. Just curious as to the reasoning.

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    For a crit I wouldn't get it, although an open Masters race (p1234) would probably get allocated more time than a Cat 4 race.

    I actually short the Masters (M45 Cat 1234) versus the Cat 3-4s, giving the Masters 25 laps vs 30 for the 3-4s.

    If there's a Cat 1-2 M45 rider I would rather them race in the P123 race (45 laps on the same day of racing) or do both (70 laps). There are plenty that do both the M45/P123 (70 laps) or the 3-4/P123 (75 laps). At that point an extra 5 laps doesn't seem like much.

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