I’m a 36 year-old catergory 3 road racer, actively working on upgrading to cat 2. I’m eligible to choose from a few different races on race-day, and often choose between:
- Elite 3
- Master +35 1/2/3
But this season I’ve also seen:
- Elite 1/2/3
- Elite 2/3
- Elite 3/4
How does one choose to maximize success, while keeping the USAC Road Category upgrade guidelines in mind:
For the tables that follow, note that if the field contains mixed categories (e.g., cat 3-4), then the number of starters is the number of riders that are the same category or higher as the person requesting the upgrade (e.g., in a cat 3-4 combined field, all riders count for a 4-3 upgrade, but only the 3’s count for a 3-2 upgrade.
When categories are combined, such as in a 3-4 race, the finish place is always the raw finish across the finish line, not taking into account the category of the rider. In other words, the category 3 riders are not subtracted out so that the category 4 rider appears to have a higher finishing place. The only time a category is subtracted out for this purpose is if the prize lists were awarded separately for a combined field.
What do you focus your energy when you can race multiple crit or circuit race categories on one day?
What about road races, where there’s only time to do one race per race-day? How does one decide between racing in the 3s versus racing Masters +35 1/2/3?