Maybe this will fizz out post 1. I am curious.
When juniors race open class - Categories, they should not be under any gear restrictions.
Reason 1. If you are riding with a junior and beat them - your win is not really legitimate if you put it over a 52X14 to win.
Reason 2. We training out next generation to have to spin 130RPM (or 160). Why? There are 56T chainrings and 11T cogs out there.
Reason 3. What other sport in the world limits competitors in the same event based on class (age, race, gender). Actually this only applies if cycling is to be fair and if fair means equal chance. I accept USAC is not about being fair.
Reason 4. There is no evidence of safety (please find and post) issues with bigger gears.
Reason 5. Kind of like Reason 2. If spinning is better is it the rules purpose to teach? And if so - why not apply to categories?
Then the gender card hoping to troll a few responses: If juniors should be limited when racing with men, more so should women be.