Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
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In general your "real" category is your experience level, not your age.
M30 is for guys who are really strong who happen to be over 30. For example, someone like Lance Armstrong could race it. Not really, since he's an Elite, but he is over 30. So are a lot of other really strong racers, many of whom none of us have heard of outside their sphere of influence.
I'm technically a Master but I avoid those races. This is because I'm only a Cat 3 (and not sandbagging - I don't have 10 or 15 or 20 national titles to my name) and a Masters race is generally a Cat 1-2 race with everyone else contributing to the prize money.