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Old 01-14-12, 08:34 PM
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cat5 or cat4/5

Why do races have a cat 4/5 division and a cat 5 division? If I'm a cat 5 can I race in either? Thanks
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Old 01-14-12, 08:48 PM
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Race them both if you can (assuming criteriums, not RR)
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Old 01-14-12, 09:10 PM
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You can race both. field sizes are limited for cat-5s, so I assume they have the 5 and 4/5 fields to accommodate more cat-5 racers
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Old 01-14-12, 09:52 PM
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Correct.
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Old 01-14-12, 11:22 PM
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As a Cat 5 racer having two races like this allows you to at least attempt to do two (or more) races in a day. This enables you to upgrade in a shorter time frame.

As a promoter it's difficult for me to do this time-wise so I don't. However another local promoter does this in order to help new and ambitious Cat 5s get their upgrade earlier in the season. It's possible, if you race well enough, to upgrade in less than a month.
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Old 01-14-12, 11:24 PM
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Have you guys seen a lot of races where there is a 4/5 race AND a separate 5 race? Of the ones around here, it seems only one or the other.
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Old 01-15-12, 12:32 AM
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What I've seen is a Cat 5 and then a M35 4/5 race. If you're eligible and feeling fit, it's great to double up.
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Old 01-15-12, 06:02 AM
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the RR races that are on bikereg will have cat 4/5 that is say 35 miles and starts at 12:25, and the cat 5 will be 25 miles and start at 12:30. I assumed that the cat 5 is like a "citizens" race and the 4/5 is for 5's who are a little more experienced and competitive. I was asking because I'm not really sure. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 01-15-12, 07:38 AM
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^ you got it
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Old 01-15-12, 07:46 AM
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It's possible, if you race well enough, to upgrade in less than a month.
By "well enough", do you mean well enough to finish (per the new USAC rules)? Doing better than that doesn't have any influence on the cat 5->4 upgrade, right?
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Old 01-15-12, 09:25 AM
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Correct. Mostly. Some district reps will upgrade 5s to 4 early if they place well.
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Old 01-15-12, 09:36 AM
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Right. If you raced (and finished) 2x Sat and 1x Sunday (possible here in March) you'd have 12 races done.
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