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What CX category should I do next year?(5 posts)

What CX category should I do next year?haystack
Nov 26, 2003 11:21 PM
This is has been first CX season. I've raced 6 CX races in C class with 2 to go and have yet to place above 7th. I'm getting better, but don't know where to go next season. I'm 37, so Masters B or A isn't out of the question, but should I? I'm only considering Master A not because I'm good, but because there's one guy in our local series who gets lapped (1, 2, 3 times) on a regular basis, yet his points placement in the Master A cat is higher than mine in C. Seems to be that consistency pays off if I race most or all races in a series, the trick is guessing which cat will be more advantageous. Thoughts?
re: What CX category should I do next year?HeavyD
Nov 27, 2003 9:36 PM
My experience is limited, but the way the local promoters do it here is by you license level.

First Timers and Beginner Class MTBs race C
Cat. 4 & 5, Sport Class MTBs race B
Cat. 1-3, Expert Class MTBs race A

For max points race A on a single speed in a speedo...
or race Masters B and have fun (unless speedos are your thing :-) ).
We have 4 divisionsSadlebred
Nov 28, 2003 9:49 AM
In Georgia we have four divisions that are subdivided for points and prizes:

A: The big boys. Cat. 1& 2/Expert-Pro Mtbers. One of the best racers is also leading the Masters 30+ division

B: All Masters; split into Masters 30+ and 40+

C: "Experienced": Cat. 3 & 4/Sport mtbers (combined), All Women (not enough to warrant two women's divisions *yet*)

D: Beginner: Cat. 5/Beginner mtbers, Juniors 10-14, Juniors 15-18 (boys and girls combined)

The officials are pretty good about making people race their respective divisions. (ie. you won't find an expert in the D division, but he might be permitted in the C race if he is new to cross). Women can race Masters and Beginner as well if they are eligible.
Race the CompetitionGripped
Dec 1, 2003 9:22 AM
Race the category that will push you the most without getting lapped by others in the same category. Racing isn't about gathering points, it's about pushing yourself -- testing your personal limits. I don't know how your races combine cats, but I also recommend racing in a cat that puts a lot of racers on the starting line. It's more fun to race people rather than pushing along by yourself.
if you are top tenningatpjunkie
Dec 2, 2003 7:42 PM
you can stay in C's til you are on the podium (alot) otherwise jump to masters B's.Masters A's will usually be too much of a jump s our masters A's are faster than our 20 something B's.