Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Detroit's North Side.
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Organizers can't move you up to a higher category. That's left to USCF officials.
Strength is one thing, but officials usually want you to develop pack riding skills before moving up too fast. In fact, any official that upgrades a rider solely on strength is doing everyone a disservice.
IMO, the jump from 5 to 4 is the wave of a hand.
4 to 3 is relatively easy.
3 to 2 is very difficult because a LOT of riders refuse to upgrade to Cat 2 which creates a logjam in the Cat 3 level. There are a bunch of guys in the Cat 3 field who have enough points to be a 2, but won't do it. We call these sandbaggers: Professional Cat 3s.
IMO, it's similar to staying in the 5th grade.
2 to 1 you need a team around you to help you.