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Old 09-09-06, 03:57 PM
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American "Cat" system

Am interested in how your category system actually works, theres people in cat5 talking about putting out 400+ watts, we have A,B,C and sometimes D-F grades which I guess must be equivalent, A being Cat 1 or elite riders etc.. you can pretty much choose to go in whatever grade you like at local races
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One must always consider for HOW LONG a Cat 5 can put out 400 watts. I can probably hit 1000 watts for about 5 seconds myself, but I'm still a Cat 4. Also, you have to remember that this is the internet, and for any wattage quoted you must divide by 1.5 and subtract 20 to get the real number.

In USCF races, the only category usually open to everyone is Cat 5. For the others you need to have a license that says you belong there. Primarily a safety thing, I suppose.
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Cat 5 do ten races become cat 4
cat 4 score 20 points 7,5,4,3,2,1 upgrade, ten top tens upgrade, 20 pack finishes upgrade -pick one of the three and you're a 3, dude.
cat 3 to 2 score 25 points and you can upgrade. Not sure 2-1 but about the same.
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Originally Posted by flythebike
Cat 5 do ten races become cat 4
cat 4 score 20 points 7,5,4,3,2,1 upgrade, ten top tens upgrade, 20 pack finishes upgrade -pick one of the three and you're a 3, dude.
cat 3 to 2 score 25 points and you can upgrade. Not sure 2-1 but about the same.
Interesting.......Out here in Oregon, under OBRA, the requirements are a bit different.
Cat 4 to 3:
20 points in 12 mo's, 25 pack finishes or points for Stage Race/GC 1st-10th and Stage Race/RR 1st-8th.
Cat 3 to 2:
25 points in 12 mo's, points for SR/GC 1st-15th, SR/RR 1st-8th, RR 1st-6th, Crit 1st-6th

Sounds harder than the typical USCF requirements. We tend to have a lot of 4/5 combined races and lots of really strong 4's. Makes for challenging racing. The jump to the threes is where it really gets hard.
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