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Old 10-31-18, 07:43 PM
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5 to the 4 to the 3

to the 2 to the one , mic check , could some one gives some legit reasons to upgrade from cat 5 up the highest rank to p1 ??
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Old 10-31-18, 09:48 PM
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Note sure what you're looking for here, but here's a few:

1) You want to see how far you can go

2) You're competitive

3) You want to see what you're capable of

4) You want to know what it's like to race against our nation's top riders
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meh. If you have to ask you're not getting there anyway.
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Originally Posted by Teamprovicycle View Post
to the 2 to the one , mic check , could some one gives some legit reasons to upgrade from cat 5 up the highest rank to p1 ??
i think you flubbed your lines

it's "I take the L, transfer to the 2, head to the gates/ New York life type trife the Roman Empire state"

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Old 11-01-18, 09:09 AM
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Old 11-01-18, 09:19 AM
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Uhm, at some point you'd essentially just be time trialling and not "racing" anything.

Even then I'd assume if you intentionally achieved a Cat 1 fitness level but never hardly raced, but always TT'd from the field......you'd bob in and out of 4/5 and 3? I guess.

What's the fun in TT'ing a 4/5 field win?

Might as well race on the local MUP or greenway for KOMs at that point.
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Old 11-01-18, 02:44 PM
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the groupies, obviously


also, the fame and fortune. can't forget about that

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Old 11-01-18, 03:04 PM
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since this seems answered now, can someone please give me the illegitimate reasons to upgrade 5->1?
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Old 11-01-18, 08:38 PM
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since this seems answered now, can someone please give me the illegitimate reasons to upgrade 5->1?
Sponsorship money can pay your bills once you're a pro cat 1
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Old 11-01-18, 09:01 PM
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since this seems answered now, can someone please give me the illegitimate reasons to upgrade 5->1?
you like cheap wine
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i have made hundreds of dollars racing bikes. Hundreds!
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When I was a four, I once earned a pack of fresh, handmade tortillas for winning a race. So that's another good reason to not upgrade.
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When I was a four, I once earned a pack of fresh, handmade tortillas for winning a race. So that's another good reason to not upgrade.
Flour or corn?
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Old 11-02-18, 12:08 PM
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flour. Corn can be good in certain applications but I generally prefer the flour and I have no gluten issues
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Old 11-04-18, 09:09 PM
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Bragging rights.

However that only goes so far. At work you'll say "yeah I won a race yesterday", then your coworker will talk about how they did a "race" with rest stops, and also ask why you aren't riding in the Tour of California.

Oh, and the scars! Can't forget the scars. Everyone loves 'em.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
Uhm, at some point you'd essentially just be time trialling and not "racing" anything.

Even then I'd assume if you intentionally achieved a Cat 1 fitness level but never hardly raced, but always TT'd from the field......you'd bob in and out of 4/5 and 3? I guess.

What's the fun in TT'ing a 4/5 field win?

Might as well race on the local MUP or greenway for KOMs at that point.

As a cat 4 that has been dropped more times than finished this past season..I would love to be able to TT off the front and win that way
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Old 11-05-18, 03:42 PM
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Bragging rights.

However that only goes so far. At work you'll say "yeah I won a race yesterday", then your coworker will talk about how they did a "race" with rest stops, and also ask why you aren't riding in the Tour of California.
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Ha. Exactly.

I don't talk about racing with people that don't race. Causes more confusion on their end and more angst on mine than is worth it.
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Old 11-07-18, 09:41 AM
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It really is bragging rights; although very few people care about it. I'd say the SCNCA community is probably less than 10k racers. Those are people who actually put some interest in their competition and the other categories (many of the racers could care less). If we whittle it down to masters, that's probably even less. Cat 1 seems to be the number when non racers start to suck up to you. We have a few guys in our group rides that are meh towards everyone but light up like a Christmas tree when the DPros and 1's show up. I've always hated those guys; it probably comes from getting that treatment growing up in foster care.

I think for those of us stuck lower than that its about the competition.
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It isn't about bragging rights at all. As if I would ride thousands of hours for bragging rights for...what? No way.

It's about competiton, about being as good as you can be and seeing how that stacks up to everyone else. Bragging is for the insecure. Cat 1s are guys not good enough to be a pro (currently for some, ever for most). What the hell is there to brag about?

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Bragging is for the insecure. Cat 1s are guys not good enough to be a pro (currently for some, ever for most). What the hell is there to brag about?
Listen to the guy whose signature line is simply 'Cat 1'.
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Listen to the guy whose signature line is simply 'Cat 1'.
I like to start each one of my posts with an implied argumentum ab auctoritate. Despite its fallacious nature, it cuts down on a lot of irrelevant questioning and debate in online discussion forums, notably the bf.

By all means, don't listen to a thing I say. But know that when I'm commenting on cat 1s, I'm actually commenting from experience and not on things I perceive or make up.

I have no idea whether or not you can say the same.

See? It's quite functional.

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