I need a history lesson.
Why does USA Cycling place the top 5 on the podium in Jr, Masters, and Elite National Championship events as opposed 3? Don't get me wrong, I have been a 4th place finisher in a National Championship and I do really appreciate the recognition and medal, but I still wonder why.
I assume that it wasn't always this way. When did it start, and more importantly, why?
(Random photo as an illustration)