So a family member who was a top Cat 1 in Texas, won the state championship TT 5ish years ago (I think around 53 minutes), tells me that he won on an average 310 watts as calculated by his SRM. He weighed about 155, so he wasn't exactly super small either. He also won a time trial at a stage race (I think fayetteville?), P/1/2 field, with less than 290 watts on average.
So what is the deal with that? How can he win the state championship with only 310 watts, but there are Cat 3 and 4's with with supposedly over 300 watt FTPs that are having a hard time catting up?