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    Why does USA Cycling have 5 spots on National Championship podiums?

    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)

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    I was wondering the same thing myself.
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    in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers

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    because everyone's a winner

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    Quote Originally Posted by echappist View Post
    in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
    Bravo!

    I wonder, how do you delineate between fourth and fifth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by echappist View Post
    in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
    Ouch!

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    By the same token, why even have a podium with anyone but the winner??

    Nobody remembers who got 3rd, it's all about 1st.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    because everyone's a winner
    And has been since 1978


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    By the same token, why even have a podium with anyone but the winner??

    Nobody remembers who got 3rd, it's all about 1st.
    They never ask how...they just ask who!
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    Soooo...on a related note:



    Today "Baby Puke", Paul Malenke, and I won 5th place in the 35+ Team Sprint at Masters Nationals.

    The racing was pretty fast and close. 1-3 were separated by less than 1". 1-5 were separated by 2".

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    Congrats.
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    So what color is that? Bronze? Does it go Gold, Silver, Bronze, Bronze, Bronze or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wanders View Post
    Congrats.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
    So what color is that? Bronze? Does it go Gold, Silver, Bronze, Bronze, Bronze or something?
    It goes: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Glass, then Wood.

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    congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Thanks!

    It goes: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Glass, then Wood.
    Overheard from 5th-place finisher: "I GOT WOOD!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by echappist View Post
    congrats!
    Thank you.

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    Good job. Very competitive meet this year. Some of the times were crazy fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Good job. Very competitive meet this year. Some of the times were crazy fast.
    Thanks.

    Tell me about it! 11.5" only qualified me 10th in sprints!

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    Quote Originally Posted by echappist View Post
    in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
    That was my first thought too.

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    Congrats, Carleton. Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Good job. Very competitive meet this year. Some of the times were crazy fast.
    RX, were you at the races this past weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Congrats, Carleton. Nice work.
    +1, congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Congrats, Carleton. Nice work.
    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    +1, congrats!
    Thanks!

    I had new PB's all the way around:
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    - Took 1" off of my previous standing 333M lap

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    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 have no idea, and this is sort of OT, but I am FREAKING THE F OUT about how awesome your new avatar is. I can't explain it, it's just....

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