A question in another thread, If I get dropped can I just finish at my own pace, lead me to think about the policy of pulling lapped riders. The rules clearly allow the officials discretion.
My thought is that with the exception of a very narrow course or someone riding like a jerk, the Officals should really strive to let Cat5 racers finish. I think it's ingrained in a lot of competitive people (i.e. folks who want to race) to never quit. More demoralizing than getting dropped, is getting pulled.
I wonder how many Cat 5's get pulled and never come back, that might have stayed with it, with the boost garnered from at least finishing?
I understand the safety issue, but as long as the lapped rider stays to the far outside, and allows the pack to pass well before any corners, there shouldn't be any significant safety issue on most courses.