When I was in Creaks redneck 'o the woods there was a push by some people to get the 1/2 masters out of master' races. A fair bit of it was pointed at me. When I pointed out that I would just downgrade and sandbag my category like a whole bunch of people were doing, and that the same masters who were whining about the 1/2 masters could go race THEIR cat the crickets could be heard for miles. Although I think one guy was dumb enough to say how he hated racing with a bunch of 20-somethings.
Oh, but for ME it's OK?
Some of the promoters were buying into it until I crunched some numbers and pointed out that while the 1/2 guys were only 15% of the fields, over the year they were 35% of the entry fees and raced 3 to 5 times as much as the Cat 3-5 crowd.