There's no reason to be in the 4s or 5s or even 3s more than one season. If you've been in the same category for more than one season, then that's what I'm referring to.
And I'm trying to help (badly, I realize) cut out the "figuring things out" because I see the same things all the time. You're not going to solo off the front to win a Cat 4 or 5 race. Yes, yes, I know we can all name an instance where that has happened, but let's be real. Those guys aren't on here asking when to attack, right?
So for those that are seeking the advice, the advice of sitting in and getting yourself mixed up in the sprint is applicable 99% of races (even in breaks, you'll be sprinting). Going out and trying to figure out what you're capable of really doesn't matter, because you're in the 3s/4s/5s and unless you're transitioning from the elite level of another sport, most of the field is going to be similarly capable.
So you have to race smarter than them.
We just have different opinions, I guess. I think guys should get out of the 5s and 4s absolutely as quickly as possible because you're really not racing at an indepth level there. The guys that get out the quickest are the guys that are coming from another sport and are super good or the guys that are racing the smartest and getting the results in the sprints.