I'm new to the sport but it seems like something big happened with the Cats since last year. Like there's more of them. No, maybe it's that the A-B-C structure is gone and now there are actual Cat's, same as Road.
So our little local first-time event in our town has 17 categories.
Now, mostly 3 Cats are grouped for each start. We have 5 starts.
Whew, it's a lot to juggle.
Cat 4's and Singlespeeds start together, for instance.
Well, all good fun. I don't mind getting lapped.
I once ALMOST did a crit in Europe -- they had everyone start together at one start -- from our equivalent of Cat 4's up to Tour de France top dogs. That woulda been a thrill... What, would they have pulled slowpokes as they were going to be lapped? I thought I'd catch another one later. Never did. Anyway...