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Upgrading to Cat 4(8 posts)

Upgrading to Cat 4Mark C
Mar 4, 2002 7:03 AM
I just started road racing this year, 3 TT's and 1 criterium. My background is in Triathlon, so "I" believe I am plenty strong to at least race Cat 4. I was reading the rules for upgrading at, and it claims you need 10 mass start races before you can upgrade. Can I expedite this with top placings in Cat 5 races, or do they stick to the 10 race rule? Thanks for any help...Mark
It depends...TJeanloz
Mar 4, 2002 8:30 AM
But don't count on your triathlon background doing you any favors. Most distric reps I know would say: "Triathlete? you better do 15 races before I upgrade you."

Seriously though, 4's and 5's are so often run together that it won't really be an issue. But they are flexable with the 10 race rule- not based on placing so much as safely finishing. So if you win three races and crash out of two, they aren't likely to upgrade you based on 5 races and three wins...
re: Upgrading to Cat 4Bobo
Mar 4, 2002 9:05 AM
It's not so much a strength issue that they care about - it's safety. Having 10 mass start races simply gives you a little more experience racing in close quarters. Most 4s unfortunately are still plenty squirrelly, but a little experience never hurts.
re: Upgrading to Cat 4nynorm
Mar 4, 2002 9:47 AM
I've dealt with the same issue and even called the Northeast Regional Director, Marka Wise, to clarify my understanding on this. She stated without exception, that you must complete 10 races before upgrading to Cat. 4, no matter what placings you may get. I was previously had experience as a Cat. 3/junior 10 years ago and I thought maybe I could get an exception, since I've done 100+ races. But I understand it was many years ago and racing has changed.

Marka stated that in order to upgrade, I would need to send my racing resume to her, which includes 10 races (she said that club races also count toward experience).

I'm still in my base training period and only have about 3 races to go before upgrade.

Hope this helps
re: Upgrading to Cat 4s mcfall
Mar 5, 2002 11:07 AM that 10 start in one season or could you roll that over the next year?
re: Upgrading to Cat 4Troyboy
Mar 8, 2002 10:20 AM
That is 10 starts not limited to one season.
Mar 6, 2002 5:59 PM
Hey nynorm -> ever lived in WeeSkonsin? You sound like someone I know....
nynormThe Badger
Apr 2, 2002 8:12 AM
where is WeeSkonsin?

I doubt its near NYC