I bet you all love reading that in the title!
I'm a new racer this year. I've got 7 mass starts and a few TT's under my belt is all, so totally new to the sport.
My understanding of Cat 5 was that the category is designed for new racers to "learn" how to race. Now of course there is going to be a competitive aspect to it all, that's expected and welcomed. It's still a race after all.
I like being competitive. I've done fine in the races, I'm not winning but I'm not getting lapped, pulled, or dropped. I'm definitely trying to be safe and learn how a bike race is supposed to be ridden.
Around here, there are almost no Cat-5 exclusive races. Everything is combined 4/5. So here's the question...am I crazy, or is Cat 5 kind of useless when everything is combined with 4's as well? Is it mainly 4's that are riding these 4/5 races like their mortgage being paid depends on the result? (That's a slight exaggeration...haha). USAC races that I've ridden will show secondary results inside the overall results ranking the Cat-5 guys, so in those it's easier to tell if it's the 4's doing the damage or not but in the local crit stuff you never really know. So am I nuts? I don't know much, but I kind of feel like Cat-5 needs to be it's own dedicated race to accomplish what it's supposed to??
Aside from any of this, I'm enjoying racing so far. Learning lots, or at least trying to.