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catting upiktome
Oct 25, 2003 8:31 PM
does anyone know if cross races count as mass starts for purposes of moving from cat 5 to cat 4?
Oct 25, 2003 9:58 PM
You could be Nat'l cross champ, but would still be a 5 in the eyes of the USCF.
Oct 27, 2003 9:33 AM
Race officals in different parts of the country may exercise different amounts of discretion in the 5 to 4 upgrade. Where I'm from, folks who are posting top results in the 5 field generally are allowed to upgrade even if they're not necessarily right at 10 starts.

The most notable example I know of involved a teammate of mine -- his first ever bike race was a local cyclocross race a few years back, done on a mountain bike. He entered and won the "C" race, then entered and won the "B" race. Talked his way into the "A" race later that day, where the grudging officials told him to start at the back and stay the heck out of the way. He passed all but two riders to finish 3rd in that field, ahead of some names you'd know if you followed 'cross in the Mid-Atlantic. The officials took him aside and told him he wasn't going to be a Cat. 5 anymore. His first-ever road race was as a Cat. 4 on a borrowed road bike the following spring (he won), and by the end of that year he was a Cat. 2.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald would have said, had he been a bike racer, the fast are not like you and me...